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Success Academy Far Rockaway Charter School

Grades: K-5
10-45 Nameoke Street, Floor 3
Queens NY 11691
Phone: 718-704-1421

Our Insights

What’s Special

Longer school day and year, lots of trips

The Downside

New school with no track record

Success Academy Far Rockaway, opened in 2016, is modeled after the charter networks flagship school in Harlem. It will expand by one grade per year until it serves grade K to 4. It shares a building with MS 53and the Village Academy.

Like all the schools in the Success network, Far Rockaway has a strict uniform policy, non-union teachers, longer school days and a no-excuses attitude toward student achievement and parent involvement. Parents are required to attend rallies at City Hall or in Albany in favor of charter school expansion. Parents are also graded on their effectiveness in getting kids to school on time, attending conferences and more, as outlined in the school handbook.

The Facebook page shows children taking trips to places such as the New York Hall of Science, and on political action trips to Albany, New York.

Principal Ty Redmond has been with the Success Academy network since 2012, after working in medical sales for 11 years. He worked at SA Bronx 1, teaching kindergarten science for a year and was a dean until 2016.

Parents posting to Facebook, say they like how the principal greets students outside daily, even in the rain, and they are pleased with their childrens progress in reading and math.

Security is tight at the front entrance of the building: there is a metal detector for teens in the two middle schools but not for the Success Academy students. The building was constructed like a bunker to withstand earthquakes and is imposing, but has an open and spacious courtyard that cannot be seen from the street.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are team-teaching classes on every grade, which mix special and general needs students with two teachers.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery held in April. See website for more information. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, August 2017; photo of principal (back left) and students from SA Far Rockaway Facebook page)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
12%
1% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
14%
35% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
94%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
84%
49% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
522
Asian
2%
Black
74%
Hispanic
20%
White
1%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
74%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
2%

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
75%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
75%
23% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location

Location

Far Rockaway (District 27)
Trains: A Line to Far Rockaway-Mott Ave
Buses: Q22, Q113, Q114

Contact

Principal
Jose Rosario

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with the Village Academy and MS 53
Metal detectors?
No

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