The impressive growth of the Success Academy charter school network through out New York City has left an extremely positive impact on many communities. Success Academy was started in 2006, and now has 41 charter schools in almost all boroughs of New York City. The schools offer families with an alternative, when the public school option within the physical location of the family has received poor ratings.
If a child, or the child’s family, does not want to be involved with the public school, they can consider other options. Home schooling, online schools, private schools, and charter schools can all be considered. The Success Academy charter schools are offered for free, and offer student’s and their families a way to pursue their education in a way that feels right to them. The increased freedom helps students to know that they are never trapped or stuck. They have options.
The impact of this added opportunity within the educational system has been reverberating across the city. Their positive impact on the community can be seen by the community reaction: more than 17,000 applications were turned in for just 3,017 seats for next year. This massive positive response is the reason that the Success Academy hopes to open more schools in the future.
The Success Academy network plans on opening two more schools in the coming year. In August 2018, the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse will become the Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts. The old, iconic building will be restored and renovated so that it can house the high school students. This will be the second high school in the SA network, and will house approximately 1,200 students. The renovation plans include science and tech labs, lecture halls, and an art gallery.
Success Academy is breathing new life into this building that has been long vacant. The new energy and excitement around the project is palpable. The schools continue to be involved with the communities of which they are a part. Offering new opportunities for growth is one of the most impressive ways that an institution can impact an area.