The Block Curriculum System
Unlike other kindergarteners who play with wooden blocks, Success Academy has the block curriculum. With this school curricula, the children learn as groups, for instance; they work as a team on an architectural sketch before constructing the actual project. Then one of the children in the group explains to other students what they had come up with.
The school has a well-furnished library that gives access to important books such as the Block City, which expose the students to both ancient and the present buildings from around the globe. Success Academy ensures that the student only uses the book to be inspired on their creativity rather than being used as a blueprint for their projects.
English Language Arts System
Success Academy has used the reading routes program for a long time in teaching decoding to first graders and the kindergarteners. However, they felt it wasn’t efficient enough. Consequently, they came up with their curriculum known as the THINK Literacy. THINK Literacy is a teaching program that consists of Independent Reading, Guided Reading, and Shared Text and Read Aloud segments. For the Guided Reading, children are given challenging books to read with the assistance from the teachers, for Read Aloud section the teachers read books to the students, and the next join in groups to discuss major ideas highlighted, for Shared Text segment, students are taught literacy techniques and short texts close reading. The Success Academy’s students spend at least two hours in any two segments mentioned above.
Success Academy has undoubtedly performed very well in State Exams. The success is attributed to rigorous preparation for the tests. For instance, the students are given practice tests before the tests, and the results are posted to all students. Those who perform poorly attend additional sessions on weekends. Success Academy holds rallies that motivate students to perform better.
Success Academy was founded in 2006. It has 32 schools, seven middle schools, a brand new high school, and twenty-four elementary schools. The network plans to build additional schools over the next few years that shall educate over 20000 students. It is the fastest growing school network in the United States
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