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Finding Purpose in Passions

April 25, 2023 Success Academy

You may not think that music and physics have much in common, but in reality, they go hand in hand. For most of my life, my feelings toward the two subjects couldn’t have been more different.  Music has also always been a passion of mine, and at Success Academy, I’ve had the opportunity to learn... Read more

One Man, Many Hats: Drummer, Teacher, Operations Wizard

October 4, 2022 Success Academy

When I began working with Success Academy almost 11 years ago, I could not have imagined the many roles that I would take on during my tenure. I began my journey with SA as a consultant, bringing professional development opportunities to music and dance teachers at SA schools. I was immediately hooked by SA’s emphasis... Read more

When the Magic of the Stage Brings Us Together

February 26, 2020 Success Academy

If there’s one thing we celebrate at Success Academy, it’s self expression — and nowhere is that more apparent than on the night of the annual Festival of Performing Arts. This is one of the most exciting events of the Success Academy school year, a chance for scholars to walk onto the stage and express... Read more

Success Academy Youth Chorus Brings Peace, Harmony — and Hot Chocolate to the Stage

December 22, 2017 Sadie Pincus

Last week, the lights dimmed and a hush fell over a large crowd of parents gathered behind me in Success Academy Williamsburg’s auditorium. Fifty middle schoolers from the Success Academy Youth Chorus walked down the aisles and processed to the stage, singing “Seed to Sow,” a song about making an impact on the world, in perfect harmony. Read more

Finding Our Rhythm: Making Music at Success

June 12, 2017 Success Academy

Joel Klein joined Success three years ago as an associate teacher in our Teacher Residency program. He quickly progressed to become the lead music teacher at SA Union Square, and has been putting his expertise and passion to work by introducing scholars to the world of notes and rhythm. Read more

Fly Away with Peter Pan, Wendy, and the SA Williamsburg cast to Never Never Land

March 10, 2017 Sadie Pincus

Tonight, more than 50 scholars will transport an audience of families and friends to “Never Never Land” for sixty minutes, as they act, sing, and dance in Peter Pan — Success Academy Williamsburg’s first-ever musical performance. Read more

Singing My Heart Out

September 1, 2016 Ashley Rivas

When I arrived at Summer Arts Institute in July, I was nervous and excited. But again the nerves went away — from the minute I stepped through the door, we sang non-stop every day. Read more

Closing the Experience Gap: Scholars Learn and Grow at Summer Camps

August 19, 2015 Corinne Adams

This summer, Success Academy connected scholars with several experiential programs, setting up camps for students who excel in chess, basketball, and soccer and partnering with the renowned Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, where four of our middle school scholars indulged their passion for art, creative writing, and choral singing. Read more

Bringing A Great Musical (and Grit) to the Stage

May 14, 2015 Courtney Edwards

This Friday and Saturday, 22 scholars from Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts will perform in the school’s musical production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! It’s a show that follows a nervous new teacher on his first day with students. Read more

Meet the Cast of ‘Charlie Brown’: Our Musical Journey Continues

March 18, 2015 Jacqui Friedman

Twenty-five middle school musical theater scholars from SA Harlem North West and SA Harlem North Central have been busy preparing to perform Charlie Brown, Success Academy's first-ever middle school musical! Read more