Success Academy is a high performing charter school in New York that has won the honored Broad Prize for 250,000. They won the grant their great success in helping to close the achievement gap among low-performing, low income students. The 10 member selection committee based their choice on academic outcomes and scalability. The prize will help to fund their college readiness programs. CEO and founder Eva Moskowitz has been quoted as saying that “zip code don’t have to determine destiny.” Every elementary and middle school within the network was in the top ten percent for the state in 2016 on English, Math, and Science scores. Minority students outperformed the Caucasian and the low income outperformed their wealthier counterparts. Success Academy has shown it is possible to close the gap.
Eva Moskowitz hopes to grow the network of successful charter schools to a size comparable to Atlanta or Boston school system. Soon, she hopes to have close to 100 schools in the charter network serving close to 50,000 students. This kind of growth would prove how successful charter schools can be. In addition to the college readiness programs, they will launch a digital sharing system that will share their materials with schools around the country. They will share their curriculum, training, and other intellectual materials and make them accessible at the hands of other charter schools.
Success Academy is currently the largest charter network in NYC with 14,000 students. 93% of their student population is African American and 76% is considered low-income. They continue to push the envelope and close the achievement gap. In just a decade, the school system has grown from one school to 41 schools. This network is larger than 95% of the school districts across the country. Success continues to expand as it has earned incredible academic achievements.