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What happens when we believe in kids?

July 21, 2022 Success Academy

This past June, SA scholar Isaiah Pena knew he had a big challenge to tackle: the Regents exams. These exams were particularly important because they would help Isaiah meet 8th grade graduation requirements. “I’ve been at Success Academy since kindergarten, so I knew that they had prepared me well for things like this — I... Read more

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Success Academy Expands New Computer Science Program, Partners with Hello World CS

July 5, 2022 Dana Anderson

Ninth-grader Ermina Khan decided to enroll in a computer science course at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts–Harlem because of her interest in STEM, and she learned the unexpected: that coding was everywhere. “Whether it’s watching an ad on TV, playing a video game, or even shopping online, coding exists in our lives... Read more

Why Go to HSLA? Here’s What Our Scholars Had to Say!

June 28, 2022 Success Academy

As they were headed off for the summer, we caught up with these four SA high schoolers. Here’s what they love about their school: “One thing I love about HSLA is that the clubs are not ‘standard’ clubs. It’s not your normal, run-of-the-mill chess or soccer, which of course we have, too. But on top... Read more

Gay-Straight Alliance: Building a Welcoming Community

June 22, 2022 Success Academy

We all know the start of the 2020-21 school year posed significant challenges to high school students, including the ongoing pandemic and the continued adjustment to virtual learning. Socializing with friends and avoiding feelings of isolation were not always a possibility — posing another significant challenge.  For Rachel Bochman, a sophomore at HSLA–Manhattan at the... Read more

Yacouba Bamba’s Path From the Bronx to the Red Bulls

June 3, 2022 Eric Black

When Yacouba Bamba first touched a soccer ball at the age of six at SA Harlem 1, he didn’t yet have dreams of making it big as a soccer player. He certainly didn’t think he’d one day be signed by the New York Red Bulls to play for their U15 academy team. Yacouba, now a... Read more

More Important than Ever: How This High School Scholar Started a Club to Improve Mental Health

May 31, 2022 Success Academy

At Success Academy, we take mental health just as seriously as physical health. That’s why we’ve partnered with Uwill to provide easy access to counseling and other tools for high school scholars, all at no cost. That’s also why, near the beginning of the pandemic, current HSLA–Manhattan senior Awa Traore and her advisor, Marwah Sheikh,... Read more

By Teachers, for Teachers: Quick Tips and Tricks

May 20, 2022 Success Academy

By Teachers, for Teachers: Quick Tips and Tricks As most veteran educators can attest, teachers wear many hats — there are a thousand facets to the job, and learning how to balance them all takes time and practice. We’re compiling some quick tips from the experts and will be sharing them below for easy reference.... Read more


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