College admission is a huge concern for the majority of American families. With the ever-increasing rise of college tuition prices combined with an increased competitiveness in American universities, it is no wonder that parents are uneasy about their child’s ability to gain admission into a reputable college or university. On average, college admission preparation and processes consume more than half of a student’s time during their senior year in high school. This large percentage of time is usually required because of a lack of preparation for college admission during a child’s formative years. Thankfully, new charter schools like Success Academy in New York are working to correct this lack of early preparation and ensure that students gain an advantage during college admissions.
Success Academy was founded in the fall of 2006 with the purpose of providing unique and engaging educational experiences for children of all ages. Success Academy is a completely free and public charter school that educates New York students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Both special needs students and students studying English as a second language are welcome to be educated in this charter school program and students are admitted to the program through a random selection held in April. This charter school has become widely known for its ability to prepare students for the college process and curriculum.
Success Academy prepares students for the college admission process primarily through a series of rigorous and college based courses and academic activities. After students successfully complete both the elementary and middle school levels of these prep courses, Success Academy implements a series of courses designed to help students get into (and successfully graduate from) a four-year university program. High School students at Success Academy are encouraged to become involved in STEM programs and honors curriculum activities to foster their love for learning and assist in the transition from high school to college course work. The school’s college access and persistence counselors also work on a daily basis to provide unique opportunities for students to become knowledgable about the college intake process. Following a visit to the school by leaders from well regarded New York universities, students at Success Academy are encouraged to complete college applications.