Now in its sixth year, the prize, which comes with a $250,000 cash award, honors an urban charter school system that has demonstrated the most outstanding overall student performance and improvement while reducing achievement gaps for poor and minority students. DSST Public Schools, which operates twelve charter schools in Denver, and Harmony Public Schools, which operates forty-eight charter schools in Texas, were the other finalists for the prize.
The largest charter management organization in New York, Success Academy operates forty-one elementary, middle, and high schools serving fourteen thousand students in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. With a student population that is 76 percent low-income and 93 percent African American or Hispanic, the network was recognized based on its student outcomes and the scalability of its efforts. In 2016, all of Success Academy's elementary and middle schools ranked in the top 10 percent of schools in the state for advanced academic performance in English, math, and science, while, on average, African-American and Hispanic students in Success schools performed better than their white peers across the state and low-income students performed better than their non-low-income peers in all three tested subjects.
"At the core of Success Academy's incredible academic achievements are its teachers, students, and families," said Broad Foundation executive director Gregory McGinity. "Their dedication has made it possible for Success to grow rapidly to serve thousands of students, all without sacrificing academic progress. We hope other public schools across the country will be inspired by [its] example."