Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City has announced a $10 million gift from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund to expand educational opportunities for New York City schoolchildren.
The gift will enable the charter school management organization, the largest in the city, to build its capacity at the critical middle school level. The first school to benefit from the gift will be Success Academy Lafayette Middle School, which is slated to open in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn next August. Two other Success Academy middle schools — one in Brooklyn and the other in Queens — are waiting to hear from the city's Department of Education about securing space in currently underused public-school buildings. Each of the schools is expected to enroll as many as five hundred kids a year.
"We are profoundly grateful for this generous support and for Ken Griffin's belief that every child deserves access to great schooling that will open opportunities," said Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz. "We share a vision of the future for our nation, where every child has access to a great school."