SUNY Trustees Approve 17 New Charter Schools in New York City

October 8, 2014

New York – Upon recommendation of the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, the SUNY Board of Trustees’ Charter Schools Committee today approved resolutions to establish 17 new charter schools in New York City – 14 by Success Academy Charter Schools NYC and three by Achievement First Bushwick.

The approvals bring the total number of SUNY authorized charter schools in operation or approved to open across New York State to 147 schools. SUNY charter schools currently serve over 40,000 students across New York State.

A Summary of Findings is available online, for more information. Brief summaries of each new school are as follows:

  • Success Academy Charter Schools NYC will open four schools in August 2015 with 190 students in Kindergarten and 1st grades. The school would grow to add one grade each year until it reaches a total of 675 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade in the current charter term. In the subsequent charter term, if approved, the school plans to enroll students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Success Academy Charter Schools will open an additional 10 schools in September 2016 with the same grade level and enrollment configurations.

Each of the schools will replicate the model of Success Academy Charter Schools, with a focus on student achievement  supported by researched based curriculum, a longer school day and school year, extensive professional development, and a focus on ACTION values: Agency, Curiosity, Try and Try, Integrity, Others and No Shortcuts.

  • Achievement First Bushwick will open two schools in Brooklyn in August 2015: Achievement First Charter School 10 will serve 180 students in Kindergarten and 1st grades, and grow to serve 732 students in Kindergarten-7th grade during its five-year charter term; and Achievement First Charter School 11 will initially serve 95 students in 5th grade and grow during its five-year charter term to serve 795 students in 5th through 12th grades. 

A third school opening in August 2016, Achievement First Charter School 12, will serve 180 Kindergarten and first grade students, and grow in its five year charter term to serve 732 students in Kindergarten through 7th grade.  

Each of the proposed schools will replicate the successful Achievement First model that focuses on closing the achievement gap by seeing that every student is prepared for success at a competitive four-year college. Key elements of the Achievement First design include a longer school day, standards based curriculum, support for teachers to provide quality instruction, Saturday and after school tutoring for students. 

About the SUNY Charter Schools Institute
SUNY is the largest charter school authorizer in New York State and the largest university-based charter school authorizer in the country serving over 40,000 students at 130 charter schools. The SUNY Charter Schools Institute was created by the SUNY Board of Trustees to assist it in carrying out its responsibilities under the New York Charter Schools Act. Guided by the rigorous standards set by the SUNY Board of Trustees, the Institute’s oversight of SUNY authorized charter schools is comprehensive, including: evaluating initial applications for the opening of charter schools; ongoing oversight and evaluation of operating schools; conducting a comprehensive evaluation when a school applies to renew its charter; and reporting to the school and the public on each school’s performance and progress.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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