After taking home the coveted Broad Prize for 2017 for Public Charter Schools, the largest school charter network in New York city is all set for a promising future. The exciting announcement was a welcome relief after the Success academy had a long and heated struggle with the city educational council over the topic of Pre-K.
Along with a generous award of $250,000, the Broad Prize is symbol of that educational body that best represents “outstanding academic achievements for those in low-income families and students of color”.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools as well as the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation are the judges for this prestigious prize and announced their decision to award the success academy on Monday. Success Academy boasts a student body of well-over 14,000 students across over 40 different New York City High Schools, middle schools and elementary schools. The two runners up in the competition were the legendary DSST Public Schools located in Denver and the equally impressive Harmony Public Schools in the Texas Area.
The Executive director for the Broad Foundation, Gregory McGivney made a statement on the announcement of Success Academy’s big win saying, “the true heroes of the achievements behinds Success Academies great academic success are the keenly attuned teachers and hardworking students with the support of their families.”
“Without the dedication and academic sacrifices made by thousands of students the growth and success of Success academy would be for nothing.”
There have been many important and notable criticisms that disparaged the methodologies of the Success Academy, these have all been laid to rest with this big win by Success Academy and their CEO Eva Moskowitz.
History of the Success Academy Struggle for Pre-K Participation
After an intense struggle to participate in the Pre-K educational level, Success Academy and a few other educational organizations like it finally got a favorable ruling. The state appeals court ruled that the city isn’t authorized to charter Pre-K programs for charter schools.
The struggles have been ongoing since 2015 and revolved around the education institutions desire to participate in the Pre-K program without having to sign the required contracts. Despite a few initial setbacks the organizations and Success Academy persisted and were recently granted the ruling they fought for. The ruling has been sent to the offices of State Education Commissioner Maryellen Elia, who will make a review of the decision.
This is only the latest of several major achievements for the charter network of schools. In 2016, the Success academy won a position in the top ten percent of educational institutions in the New York state listings. Academic performance in the fields of science, math and English were the most prominent areas in which the students had excelled. The black and Hispanic students that were included in the charter network were performing better than white students across the state.
Furthermore, the percentage of the student population that came from low-income families was much higher than the same demographic across New York state.