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Success Academy Attracts Record Applicants

April 15, 2013
Kids Learning at Success Academy

Kids Learning at Success Academy

New York City is now the home to 18 Success Academy Charter Schools, with six more being planned for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year, and one expected to open in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

This year 12,266 families from New York City applied for only 2,500 places in the 24 schools for this coming fall, making the chances of being accepted only one in five. The lucky 20 percent will be chosen based on a random admissions lottery, which was held last Friday. The winners will be notified by mail, and children who are not immediately accepted will be placed on a waiting list.

The Success Academy charter network was founded by former New York City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz. According to Success the schools have consistently ranked among the city and state’s best performing public schools. Ninety-seven percent of their students met the math standards and 88 percent the reading standard on last year’s state-wide exams.

Over 40 percent of Harlem’s eligible kindergarteners applied for admission to a Success Academy school. On the Upper West Side the school was just as popular, with 2,560 applications for only 150 seats in grades K through 3: that is a rate of 17 to 1.

Here in Brooklyn it is just as hard to get into a Success Academy school. The Success Academy of Cobble Hill received 1,173 applications for 100 seats in grades K-2, after only opening last year.

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