Success Academy Crown Heights Charter School
New addition to a popular network
Discipline policies not for everyone
Success Academy Crown Heights, part of the Success Academy charter school network founded by former city councilwoman Eva Moskowitz, opened in 2013. It shares space with several other schools in the former PS 167 building in Crown Heights [In 2014, the school moved to a different location and now shares a building with PS 161.]
All schools in the network feature orange and blue uniforms, a fast-paced curriculum, and strict rules of conduct. Moskowitz strives to offer children a rich curriculum that includes daily science experiments, exposure to the arts and frequent class trips. Like most charter schools, teachers are not unionized; they serve at will and may be fired by the principal. Discipline is strict--too strict for some parents--but other parents appreciate the rules.
The schools in the network have a longer school day and year than traditional public schools. While the schools in the network have long wait-lists and many enthusiastic parents, some parents complain of excessive discipline and high suspension rates.
Admissions: Students are admitted by a lottery held in April with priority given to students residing within District 17. For admissions questions, email email@example.com. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, August 2013)
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Brooklyn NY 11225