Success School has plans to open a new school school in the historic old Bronx Courthouse located in Melrose. It once was used as a criminal courthouse many years ago. Success CEO Eva Moskowitz said the building would be transformed into a modern school with classrooms.
A spokeswoman from Success Academy says it is important to have another high school because there is only one in midtown Manhattan. It operates over six elementary schools and middle school in this borough. Students stick with the program for their pre-college education so a high school is needed to accommodate growth. They are serving a growing community in the Bronx.
John Dudley, district manager of the Community Board wants to hear more discussion about the high school from Success Academy. He wants to make changes to the school that would accommodate 800 students. He wants to see how a charter high school will fare. It might lead to a learning hub because it is close to Boricua College.
New York Success Academy charter school have almost 100% proficiency rates in English and math. There success stems from dress codes, discipline, strict rules, long days, tough curriculum content and strict enforcement of infractions.
Success Academy was formed in 2008. Its charter schools are the highest free public charter school network in New York City. Admission is open to all children in New York and those with special needs. They are admitted by random lottery held in April. It operates over 41 schools and serves over 14,000 schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Brons.