Success Academy Charter Schools has announced a $25 million gift from the Robertson Foundation to expand its network of schools in New York City, expand its capacity to disseminate its curriculum and training, and influence national education reform.
Founded in 2006, Success Academy now enrolls eleven thousand students — mostly kids from low-income families in disadvantaged neighborhoods — in thirty-four schools in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. "Julian Robertson's philanthropy has been transformative to education and reform, and we are deeply grateful to him and his family for this generous gift, which will help us scale as quickly as we can to a hundred high-caliber public schools," said Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz.
Established in 1996 by investor Julian H. Robertson and his late wife, Josie, the foundation has previously supported the organization's Success Academy Education Institute, a new virtual academy for sharing curriculum and teacher training. "I've been an investor for a long time; there's no better investment than the education of all our children," said Robertson. "And there's no more innovative educator than Eva Moskowitz. That's why the Robertson Foundation is proud to support her and the wonderful Success Academy."