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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

“Kind is the New Cool” — SA Harlem East’s 1,000 Acts of Kindness Challenge

March 13, 2020 Success Academy

When my Senior Leader Ms. McNamara challenged us to come up with a school community-building campaign, I saw it as an opportunity to highlight one of SA Harlem East’s greatest strengths: our kindness. 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

Calculating and Counting with Miles: A Day in the Life of an SA 4th Grader

August 5, 2019 Success Academy

SA Upper West scholar Miles loves to think about the world in terms of numbers and mathematical relationships. We had a chance to join Miles in his daily adventures in calculating, reading, and playing, and you can follow along! Read more

Leading to the Beat: How A High School Freshman Became the “Afrobeat Queen”

July 1, 2019 Success Academy

Wuraola Adetola goes by many different names. Her parents call her “Wuraola.” Her friends call her “Wura.” At Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts, however, she’s been dubbed the “Afrobeat Queen,” for bringing her love of dancing and an urge to try something new to create the Afrobeats Club. Read more

SA 8th Graders Are Ready to Take On the Next Big Challenge!

June 26, 2019 Success Academy

On June 21, scholars, staff, and families gathered to celebrate 400 Success Academy eighth graders as they graduated from middle schools across the network. Scholar speakers from each school shared their favorite memories and proudest achievements — and set ambitious goals for high school. Read more