Success Academy Prospect Heights Charter School
Sky high test scores
Children as young as kindergarten may be suspended.
Success Academy Prospect Heights, part of the Success Academy charter school network, opened in 2013 in a building shared with PS 138.
All schools in the network feature orange and blue uniforms, a fast-paced curriculum, and strict rules of conduct. The network, founded by former city councilwoman Eva 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. While the schools in the network have sky high test scores and many enthusiastic parents, some complain of excessive discipline and high suspension rates.
Success Prospect Heights was the subject of a PBS News Hour report for its practice of suspending children as young as kindergarten. The school also made the news when a child with disabilities was suspended for 45 days after he was accused of throwing a stool at a staff member.
The schools in the Success network have a longer school day and year than traditional public schools.
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, June 2017)