Success Academy has no intention of backing down. As more students apply for a seat in one of their schools, Success Academy is asking New York City to allow them to expand. With only 3,017 seats to offer in 2017. The Success Academy has become a beacon of shining light in the education industry in New York. Test scores, learning methods, teaching methods, and engagement is all of imperative value in these schools.
According to Eva Moskowitz, CEO and Founder of Success Academy, this is an issue charter schools deal with every year. Parents seek alternatives for their children through charter schools, but Moskowitz argues that accommodating them is impossible until the city allows them to expand their facilities.
For the fourth year in a row, Success Academy has a waiting list with more than 10,000 prospective students. This, Success Academy claims, is due in no small part to NYC’s failing public schools. Families are filled with hope at the opportunity of attending a Success Academy public school.
According to their own numbers 30% of applicants to Success Academy come from zones with the worst performing schools in the city. This includes 5,600 Bronx families, which, when put into clearer terms, translates to 15 prospective students for every seat available. This includes more than 600 applicants that would otherwise be placed in Renewal schools, a struggling reform initiative the city has put forth.
At present there are 41 Success Academy schools operating everywhere in the city except for Staten Island. This has allowed them to offer charter school space to 14,000 NYC children.