Eva Moskowitz, the CEO and founder of Success Academy stated that she had two main goals when she started the largest charter school in NYC about 10 years ago. She wanted to open a school that was high-performing and wanted to improve the American education system.
Moskowitz confirmed that there are no plans to expand Success Academy outside of the New York area right now, but the school’s online platform has been put in place to expand the network of Success Academy beyond the largest school district in the United States.
Recently, Moskowitz and her colleagues unveiled the Success Academy Education Institute from their Lower Manhattan headquarters. The online portal is available free of charge and provides access to strategies for teacher and curriculum development for the 41 educators that are employed by Success Academy’s 41 schools in the NYC area.
Moskowitz, a former Democratic NYC councilwoman, states that there are too many children across the U.S. who are “trapped” in educational institutions where they aren’t learning to write, read or comprehend mathematics and science. She says that she and the Success Academy staff feel compelled to be part of the solution. Moskowitz also asserts that the goal of the Ed Institute is to share information and resources with teachers around the United States and the world.
The accomplishments of Success Academy were also celebrated recently. The school is responsible for improving the academic performance of low-income minority students earned Success Academy the $250,000 Broad Prize. The money is designated for college readiness programs, including campus visits and scholarships.
The latest efforts of Success Academy speaks to the heart of the charter school’s mission and principles, which were founded over 25 years ago: to approach education in a new way, and to share those lessons, results and challenges with the education community.
Success Academy’s online platform, which offers a literacy curriculum for kindergarten through fourth grade, is the initial step in an overall effort to expose teachers around the nation to Success Academy’s mantra. This fall, the school plans to open a training facility for teachers in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, complete with a lab school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.