NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Success Academy Charter Schools, New York City's largest and highest-performing network of public charter schools, today unveiled a multimedia virtual tour that allows educators access to its distinctive school design and innovative approach to teaching and learning.
The tour is available at virtualtour.successacademies.org.
"At Success Academy, we have reimagined public education," said founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz. "This virtual tour allows visitors to understand why our inner-city students are able to achieve such extraordinary academic results."
Over the past decade, thousands of visitors have toured Success Academy schools. Demand from educators, government officials, and school administrators from across the country and around the world has outstripped the charter school network's capacity to host tours, workshops, and conferences. The virtual tour provides universal access to the inner workings of its schools, with the particular aim of sharing school design, pedagogy, and school culture.
Utilizing a sophisticated web-based application, the virtual tour offers an immersive, panoramic experience of a Success Academy elementary school. The multimedia journey takes visitors into classrooms and allows them to discover video interviews, text explanations, and additional photography.
Located in NYC's poorest neighborhoods, Success Academy schools consistently rank among the best in New York State in both reading and math. The schools' rigorous curriculum includes conceptual math, reading, writing, and science five days a week, as well as subjects often cut from traditional public schools: chess, art, dance, music, and sports.
This innovative approach to schools has resulted in enormous demand among parents, particularly in neighborhoods that lack high-quality schools. Since its founding in Harlem in 2006, Success Academy has grown from one school to 34, serving 11,000 students. The network cannot keep up with demand — this year, Success Academy received 22,000 applications to its random admissions lottery for just 2,300 available seats.
This project was made possible by support from the Robertson Foundation.
About Success Academy Charter Schools
Success Academy Charter Schools are free public K-12 schools open to all children in New York. 76% of students are low-income, 85% are children of color. On 2015 state exams, 93% of students passed math and 68% passed English, ranking them in the top 1% in math and the top 3% in English among all New York schools.
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