555TEN | Success Academy Hudson Yards
Nothing anchors a neighborhood like a top-performing school, and with Success Academy Hudson Yards opening at the base of the 555TEN this September, Hell’s Kitchen residents will experience a new sense of connection to their community and witness a dynamic exercise in civics that is as unique as the Success Academy vision itself.
Founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz—a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, a teacher, professor, former Chair of the New York City Council’s Education Committee, and a public school parent—has reimagined public education and the resulting Success Academy charter schools are world-class. Founded in 2006, Success Academy now encompasses a network of 41 schools (and counting) that bring the highest level of public education to the city’s children, who are enrolled via a random lottery.
With an emphasis on creativity, rigor, and critical thinking, Success Academies have achieved the unthinkable by consistently ranking in the top one and two percent of schools in the state for math and English, respectively. The teachers at Success Academies are not only exceptionally dedicated, but they are also highly effective and engaging thanks to Success Academy’s extensive teacher training program and in-house curriculum development.
This is the kind of place where inspiration is contagious. Like the culture of New York itself, the Success Academy programs are expansive and innovative. They offer ballroom dance lessons for fourth graders, who get to strut their stuff at citywide competitions, first graders’ art shows in established galleries in Chelsea, and frequent field study trips are taken to New York cultural gems like the American Museum of Natural History and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Success Academy Hudson Yards Elementary School, which is starting with kindergarteners and first graders, will ultimately serve students through fourth grade. The campus will also house SA Hudson Yards Middle School, serving fifth through eighth grade. That means that on any weekday, as you’re going about your business in the neighborhood, you might pass a curious group of young Success Academy students studying the wildlife in and around Hudson River Park or simply starting or ending their day at school.
Having Success Academy in the neighborhood will provide an incredible educational opportunity for Manhattan’s West Side families. As any savvy school kid or resident of Hell’s Kitchen knows, this is the perfect place to sow the seeds of the city’s cultural future and chart your own course for lifelong learning.