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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

Middle Schoolers Advocate for New High School

April 22, 2022 Success Academy

Advocacy has been part of Success Academy’s mission from its earliest beginnings, when parents who were desperate for better schools in Harlem would attend public hearings to advocate for the opening of new SA elementary schools. Now, 15 years later, our scholars are standing up for their rights to attend a high school of their... Read more

Why I recommend taking collegiate computer science — while still in high school

April 18, 2022 Success Academy

High schoolers at Success Academy have the opportunity to jump right into college courses before they even graduate. In addition to taking on a robust selection of Advanced Placement classes, some students also pursue SA’s Dual Enrollment programs at Columbia and NYU. We’ve also partnered with the online college course platform edX and Georgia Institute... Read more

SA Alum Loretta Tuider Shines at Columbia Engineering

May 17, 2021 Success Academy

Recently, Loretta Tuider (HSLA ‘20, Columbia University ‘24) wrote to us with an inspirational update: She’s been accepted into a selective summer program at Columbia University, where she is a rising sophomore. 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

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