“What’s going on at Success Academy?” Lots of folks are asking that question, thanks to the eye-popping test scores achieved by students at Eva Moskowitz’s network of New York City charter schools.
Last year, 29 percent of New York City kids were considered proficient in English and 35 percent in math on the state’s challenging Common Core–aligned exams. For Success students, the proficiency rates were 64 percent in English and an astonishing 94 percent in math. Success students in the city’s poorest communities outperformed kids in the wealthiest suburbs. If the network were a single school, it would rank in the top 1 percent of the state’s 3,560 schools in math and the top 3 percent in English....
So what’s going on? Outwardly, Success is similar to other “no excuses” (Moskowitz dislikes that term) charter schools: students are called “scholars” and wear uniforms; a longer school day and year allow for about one-third more instruction time than district schools provide; rooms are named after the teacher’s alma mater; a culture of discipline and high expectations reigns. What separates Success, in my opinion, is a laser focus on what is being taught, and how.
To find out the answer to that question, go to: http://educationnext.org/what-explains-success-academy-charter-network/
For New York City parents trying to decide on a school for their child (and remember, Kindergarten 2016 admissions seasons start now!), Success Academies are one charter option, but there are others.
Charter schools can range from bilingual and bicultural options like Harlem Hebrew Charter School and NY French-American Charter School, to a charter school in Brooklyn founded by a bishop that just barely squeaked out a renewal, to a high-scoring Renaissance Charter School in Queens, to a Bronx Charter School for the Arts, and even charter schools run by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) union, which otherwise is opposed to charter schools, and was recently closed due to students failing to make the grade. (Most charter schools, like private and religious schools, do not have unionized teachers.)
You do NOT apply to a charter school via Kindergarten Connect, which is for public school general education only. Each school has their own procedures for admission, with preference often given to families in the district, siblings, and English Language Learners.
Though, officially, birthday cut-offs for charter schools are the same as they are for public schools, the calendar year when your child turns 5, some charters have been open to letting December birthdays and children with developmental issues start Kindergarten a year later than they would have in public school. They have also allowed some advanced students to skip grades (a near-impossibility in public schools, no matter how well your child is doing).
Read more about all your NYC Kindergarten options, including public, private, gifted, dual language, magnet and religious at: http://pgpclassicsoaps.blogspot.com/2015/03/getting-into-nyc-kindergarten-one-book.html