The Unique And Successful Curriculum Of The Success Acadmey
June 22, 2017
When kids become a part of the Success Academy in elementary school they immediately begin receiving a tailored approach. They are taught critical thinking, core knowledge, skills in self-advocacy and independence. The Success Academy is committed to helping these students succeed in college and in their lives. Children are taught skills in reading, solving mathematical problems, scientific inquiry, and chess.
The Success Academy has a remarkable science program. Science is taught five days each week with a focus on observations and conducting experiments. The classes provide skills for critical thinking and a passion for science. The three scientific disciplines of Life, Earth, and Physical are covered in a variety of ingenious ways.
Students discover New York in Field Studies including the American Museum of Natural History, The Big Apple Circus, the Queens County Farm Museum and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. On one memorable occasion the Grandmaster of chess, Garry Kasparov, visited the Success Academy along with musicians, dancers, jugglers and more.
Art is another aspect taught at the Success Academy. The students create and explore through visual drawing, printmaking, and dance. They learn about precision, accuracy, and painting and are able to use their imaginations. They are also taught the Traditional and Contemporary concepts of Art History.
Reading and writing is taught with a THINK Literacy program inspiring the discussion of ideas. Students are exposed to great literature and challenges in writing that help prepare them for their futures in the world.
Sports including soccer, basketball, and baseball are taught at the Success Academy and emphasize the connections with teammates. Sports recess is a daily occurrence and encourages the students to learn the rules of each game and compete in mini-matches. After school sports teams are available for the third and fourth grade students.
The success academy combines precision, accuracy and conceptual understanding in the teaching of math. They base their math program on investigations based on activities and encourage the students to think with creativity and find their own unique approaches to solving problems.
On the state exams for 2016, 79 percent of the Success Academy’s students with disabilities passed both math and English.