Eva Moskowitz and her chain of Success Academy charter schools have displayed a successful educational model. Their model for education has been validated with their high scores in state testing. The worst-performing Success Academy school still achieved a 90% rate of students testing at or above grade level in math. They have also realized an enviable rate of success in their English Language Arts (ELA) program. Their lowest scoring school still realized a 75% success rate. This, in fact, is better than most affluent suburban schools.
The students at Success Academy schools are by and large from underprivileged areas and are mostly low-income. Despite these handicaps, Eva Moskowitz and Success Academy has developed an innovative curriculum which serves its students very well. An opportunity to learn with Success Academy is highly coveted and is decided by a lottery system. They provide an atmosphere in which students want to come to school and they are the most successful charter school system in the country.
Their reading program has been singled out as noteworthy. It is an extensive layer of material and much is expected of students. It has been described as rich in content with a great depth of material which gives students a great picture of the outside world and moves beyond the limitations of their neighborhood. It provides a tremendous overview of the literary world and lays a solid foundation for the later years.
The expectations are clearly high under Eva Moskowitz’s leadership at Success Academies.
In recent news, Success Academy has preserved their autonomy with their victory over the New York City school system. A state appeals court ruled that the city had overstepped their bounds in trying to impose their pre-kindergarten program on Success Academy. They also received the Broad Prize which honors a charter school operator that demonstrates “outstanding academic outcomes among low-income students and students of color.”
Eva Moskowitz demonstrates great empathy for those lacking in resources and opportunity. Success Academy is offering unique insights into their methodologies. Eva Moskowitz and their top leaders are making available elements of their winning formula so other school systems can implement their innovation.