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High School of the Liberal Arts

What Changed? One Scholar’s Turnaround

November 10, 2022 Success Academy

In August 2021, as my peers were beginning their first year of high school, I was out of the country with no way to come back and join them in time. I missed the first unit of all my freshman year classes, and I was pretty much convinced that I was not going to be... Read more

Celebrating SA HSLA–Brooklyn’s First First Day of School!

August 12, 2022 Success Academy

It was a day of firsts! Success Academy’s first Brooklyn high school, the first cohort of scholars, and the first day of school! The Class of 2030 is in the house! Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts—Brooklyn opened its doors this past Monday, August 8, and the mood was celebratory, if nervous, with... Read more

From Harlem to Alaska: My First Adventure Into the Wild

August 25, 2021 Success Academy

Madison Blake is a sophomore at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts in New York City. This year, SA’s Summer Experience program covered the cost of 75 students to access pre-college summer classes in STEM, business, the arts, and outdoor adventures. Read more

How An Annual Tradition Helped HSLA Scholars Stay Connected, Remotely

May 4, 2021 Success Academy

SA Junior Wuraola Adetola shares some of her memories from Root Awakening, and reflects on the highs and lows of running a schoolwide performance over Zoom. Read more

Theater in the Age of Remote Learning

October 23, 2020 Success Academy

When SA closed its classroom doors in March and cancelled HSLA’s spring show, Ms. Diaz and senior theater teacher Courtney Edwards made a decision that — against all odds, remote or hybrid — a fall play performance was not a matter of if but how. Read more

My Plans Were Canceled, But I’m Making the Most of Summer 2020

July 29, 2020 Success Academy

When SA realized that our scholars faced a socially-distanced summer with limited opportunities for fun and learning, we knew we needed to find a way to help them make these months more meaningful. Read more

Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts: Frequently Asked Questions

April 24, 2020 Success Academy

Many of our middle schoolers are wondering: What is life as an SA high schooler really like? We compiled some of the most frequently asked questions from middle schoolers across the network to help shine some light on the SA high school experience Read more

Why These Scholars Chose HSLA Instead of a Specialized High School

February 27, 2020 Success Academy

What’s life like as a high schooler at Success? Kayla Christiani-Ellis and Tasnim Moumouni are two current freshmen who recently had to choose between specialized high schools and SA HSLA. We asked them to share what ultimately drew them to Success, and whether the experience has so far lived up to their expectations. Read more

My First Time Away From Home, I Made Friends From Around the World

October 28, 2019 Success Academy

After her summer at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Amanda Sanchez knows what it takes to adapt to a completely new setting. The experience, which she accessed through the SA Summer Experience program, left her feeling confident, with new interests, new friends, and a growing excitement for the independence of college life. Read more

My Clean Sweep Summer: I Built My Own Robot Vacuum

October 9, 2019 Success Academy

For scholars who participated in the SA Summer Experience program, memories of summer linger on, along with newfound confidence and new interests. Scholars accepted into the program have the chance to attend collegiate, artistic, and outdoor leadership opportunities both locally and across the country. Sophomore Alexa Torres is one such scholar; she spent her summer figuring out a faster way to get chores done. Read more