NewSchools Venture Fund Awards $1.7 Million to Success Charter Network

The NewSchools Venture Fund has announced a $1.7 million grant to the Success Charter Network to help SCN expand its efforts to provide an outstanding education to low-income elementary school students in New York City.

Founded in 2006, San Francisco-based SCN is a charter management organization that works to prove that all students can perform at high levels. The network operates four schools in Harlem, including its flagship school, Harlem Success Academy, which emphasizes academic success and college graduation. SCN teachers assess student progress on a frequent basis to ensure they do not fall behind. In addition, it works to engage parents in the daily activities of the schools and give them a public voice in discussions about the expansion and improvement of the education of their children.

This year, all HSA third-graders were rated proficient or above on the state math assessment, with 71 percent scoring in the highest performance category, ranking HSA first among all public charter schools in New York State and tenth out of all public schools in New York City in third-grade math performance. On the state English exams, 95 percent of HSA's third-graders were rated proficient or above, compared to about 56 percent of students in public schools in District 5, which includes much of Harlem.

"Success Charter Network's work in New York City is proving that you can successfully replicate rigorous academic programs and strong school cultures across multiple campuses," said NewSchools partner Jim Peyser. "NewSchools looks forward to supporting these efforts as SCN expands to reach more students and works to close the achievement gap in Harlem and beyond."

"NewSchools Venture Fund Invests $1.7 Million in Success Charter Network." NewSchools Venture Fund Press Release 09/08/2009.