Success Academy Cobble Hill Charter School
Brooklyn NY 11201
Rich arts and science, plans for a school greenhouse
Strict discipline at Success Academy schools not for everyone
Located in the basement of a building shared with two high schools -- the School for International Studies and the Brooklyn School for Global Studies -- Success Academy Cobble Hill opened in fall 2012 with kindergartners and first graders. It plans to add a grade each year until it serves chidren in kindergarten through 8th grader.
Like other schools in the Success Academy charter school network, students at the Cobble Hill branch are called scholars and must wear the school's orange, blue and white uniform. The Success Academy network schools are known to be strict--no excuses for misbehaving children or their parents, whose involvement is mandatory. Classroom instruction is highly-structured and fast-paced. Teachers are trained in Success's teaching methods, designed to standardize grade-wide instructions.
Success Academy spokesperson Jenny Sedlis said that Cobble Hill students will have art class four days a week and rich science instruction that includes horticulture in the school's greenhouse and a collaborative recycling program with the other schools. Kerri Tabarcea, the school's founding leader, is a former middle school art teacher who also has experience working with developmentally disabled adults.
The Cobble Hill school is one of the charter school network's first attempts to branch out into a middle class neighborhood in Brooklyn.The schoolmade headlinesin early 2012, when some district 15 community members took Success Academy to court in a failed attempt to block the school's opening.
Admissions: Lottery, preference to District 15 students. (Anna Schneider, September 2012, via DOE and web reports and the Success Academy website and staff)