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New York, NY
Students enrolled: 400

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145 W 84th St-2nd Fl
New York, NY 10024

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(646) 274-1581
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December 02, 2014
Great school. great staff, don't have words to express how happy we are being a part of this school. My son started in Kindergarten and just became a third grader with a 5th grader reading level and able to discuss intricate science subjects. I must say that this isnt a school for everyone, if you don't think that excellent learning takes time, effort and discipline then this isnt a school for you. Their schools days are long with only short periods of free time to idle, starting school at 7.30 until 4.30 dismissal won't give enough time for ballet, art or sports classes during the week, so our weekends are full of activities to compensate. This public school has the benefits of a private school with personalized kid approach, plenty of field trips, amazing location and great curriculum and without forcing parents to do "fundraising" to get extra staff, field trips, school supplies etc so parents can focus only on their children learning. Please tour a lot of schools before you make the final decision which school is best for your kid.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2014
The Dismissal at this School is abysmal and Chaotic at best.The teachers have gotten better because of a Diverse Mix,Thank God for that!..They still need More Hispanic Teachers,Preferably Bilingual as well as More transparency..And please do AWAY with that prehistorically,Modernish,Confusing Tracking system that seems like it was invented by a obsolete Cyborg...By the way Parents complain about this while waiting to Pick up/Drop Off their Children..I have been there from the Inception ofvthus School..Upper West you are Better than this..From a Father of 4...

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2014
The school is great for children who are fast learners and can deal with a lot of work and stressed. However, SAUW may just be a nightmare for children who, despite their high intelligence, cannot perform at fast speed. I have heard of a lot of children and their parents going through so much stressed after 2nd grade. There is no artistic environment in this school. If you want your kid(s) to have " real kids life", this is not the place to send your kid(s).

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2014
My son (G 2) goes to this school since he was K. We loved the school when he was in K, he was definitely learning a lot and I considered the longer hours a good thing. Their focus on academics is impressive. However, the school seems overly stringent on rules and infractions to the point where kids are afraid to tell their teacher anything for fear of incurring an infraction. They seem more focused on keeping control of students and watching who follows the rules than encouraging curiosity and imagination. All teachers are very young and have no idea about very young children. They are not interested what was going on with each kids other than which kids are getting higher scores. Their communication skills with parents are very poor. I definitely don't feel like there is any partnership in trying to do what's best for the kids. They do not have "real" Art class (technically they have it but we rarely see any artworks from the class or heard about it), and no music class at all. Kids are talking about who got 100% or got Red and timeout today. It doesn't seem healthy to me. I'll definitely consider to pull him out from this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2014
If you are looking for a military school this is perfect for you and your family. I had a child at success we took him out. The school is full of anxiety. The discipline borders abuse.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2014
This is an absolutely amazing school! My wife and I were part of a G&T program and feel this is way beyond anything we experienced. Most importantly our kids are happy, confident, and highly capable. We are really thankful for the opportunity to attend.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2014
My son just completed K at SAUW and so far we are VERY impressed. My child came in reading and being able to do some math, and his teacher went out of her way to keep him busy and engaged. My son loves science every day. He loves block time and recess, art and sports. At the end of the year he was reading at level L and able to do simple multiplication, division and fractions. We honestly believe this school is better than any local public and possibly the district gifted programs as it has the ability to teach each child at his or her own levels in small groups. In addition to the academics, SAUW is doing an amazing job to foster my child's creativity, curiosity and love and excitement about school and learning. The teachers are amazing, caring and enthusiastic. Despite having a traditional approach to discipline, we find the curriculum to be quite progressive with large project-based learning units and frequent field trips. If you are considering the school, I urge you to tour and talk to current parents. We highly recommend SAUW.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
This school does poorly with inteligent children with special needs. My child was beaten up by other children in this school and although staff witness this, they deny it during a meeting. My child failed at all the tests given in class but when given the opportunity to take the test with special accomodations (after asking for accomodations all year long and finally getting approved on his last test of the year), my child superpassed the class average grade by more than 15%, and still they argued that my child did not need accomodations.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2014
The academics at Success Academy Upper West are stellar. Success Academy hires a very specific kind of teacher: enthusiastic, energetic and engaging/lively. Unlike public schools, they have the power to let teachers who do not meet their standards go. The longer school day packs much more education into the academic year (more in four days than public schools teach per week). Lastly: STEM education is like nothing else in the public or private school system. In public and private elementary schools (including schools with a science focus and/or accelerated curriculum), science is considered a 'special' subject taught periodically (e.g. weekly) to older children. At Success Academy it is a core subject taught by a science teacher daily, hands-on, featuring data collection and analysis -- beginning in kindergarten. Many parents find daily experimental science instruction to be quite forward-thinking. And playing scientist every day has wild appeal for children. There are long wait lists for Success Academy Upper West which attest to the appeal of the school for UWS parents. Our son is thriving in this rigorous school. We only wish we could get our older son in as well!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
Generally we have been happy with the school. The focus on academics is impressive. However there are a few areas where the policies go overboard in the pursuit of an orderly classroom. The teachers spend a lot of time correcting behaviors that are not disruptive to the learning environment. For example, students are required to keep their hands in their laps while listening to the teacher. Touching your face or other self-comforting actions are not allowed. Student are afforded precious little time to choose their own activity (clearly there's recess, but even that can be directed activities). As far as I know there's never a time when the students can selcect their own classroom activity, whether it be reading, drawing, math, etc. students are really are really never allowed to move freely around the classroom. Even during dance party breaks they must remain at their desks. All of these things may appear minor, but the bigger issue is that most of these things are the result of network-wide policies. And network-wide policies are not up for debate. From the principal on down the party line is "that's just how it is".

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
Upper West Success is a godsend for us. My son is thriving at the school. I could not be more pleased. The staff from the Leadership on down is professional and committed to providing the best possible education for the scholars. While we had the opportunity to attend another great school we were pleased to be accepted. We attended the open House and never looked back.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
My son is in K at SAUW. We couldn't have been more thrilled. We were nervous about having him in K since he is on the younger side, but he has completely blossomed. In addition to the constant feedback we get from the teachers and the random phone calls to thank me for our diligence with our son, we get many assessments all year long so I know how he's doing. His teachers are caring, attentive, and loving. My son has developed a sense of pride in his work. We also love that the school is so diverse in every meaning of the word, yet every family has the same goal: a great education for their child! It's a unifying theme. We couldn't be happier to have our older son there and look forward to registering our younger son when he gets to K.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2014
We love this school. We have struggled a bit with the long day and my kindergartener is not always capable of listening throughout the day, but we have no doubts about how happy he is and how much he is learning. It is very exciting to hear about his enthusiasm for science, reading and all of his teachers. I sometimes worry that it is all just too much for the kids, but he keeps telling me that I am wrong and that they have lots of chances to have fun during the day at recess (2 times), sports, art, assemblies, field trips, and random times where they play dance party or sing together. I feel very fortunate to be able to send my child to this school to get a great education in a great setting, rather than at his zoned school (that is nearly failing).

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
There may be more than 25 students per class, but there are also two teachers assigned to the class, a lead teacher and an assistant teacher. What the poster below fails to mention is that the students are usually instructed in much smaller groups (in separate rooms) for reading (based on their level) and math, where the ratio is usually 5-7 students per teacher. Also, the students have specials--such as science, blocks, chess, sports and art--every day in well apportioned rooms. All the classrooms are clean, organized and bright. The school environment is safe, orderly and nurturing, which is very conducive to learning!

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2014
The classes are huge, about 30 kids, and the teachers are very inexperienced. Furthermore, the principal took a class the DOE gave the school for a kindergarten class and made it her office. Then put 30 kinder kids on what used to be her office, a tiny space about 1/3 as big as what the class should have been. Not the sign of a principal who puts the kids first.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
My son has blossomed here in Kindergarten. When he comes home, his mind is always working out something they did at school. This school one of the most professionally run entities I've encountered, public or private. SA-UW is truly diverse in all senses, economically and ethnically, rather than just paying lip service to diversity, which was the case in most neighboring schools we visited. The families of all backgrounds are super nice. The rules that the kids have to follow seem silly at times to the parents, but the kids seem to respond to them very well. They stress hard work more than talent, which is already rubbing off on my son in the right way.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
So happy with this school. Moved our daughter from a private school and couldnt be more impressed with the quality of education. She is confident, happy and thriving. School expects a lot of but gives it back tenfold and has completely changed all my views on education theory and what makes kids succeed. Emphasizes core values like character and no shortcuts and tecahes accountability at a young age. We are looking forward to our son attending next year and know this school is giving our daughter the best possible start.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2013
WE LOVE UWSA.... I moved my daughter from a traditional public school to UWSA for the 2012-2013 school year. The curriculum is great and challenging. The school culture promotes strong values, the teachers are responsive and know my daughter's strengths and areas of development! I love that the school provides a level of structure that other schools lack! Great school. We are looking forward to the 2013-2014 school year!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2013
I love this school! My son is happy and excited to go every day. The curriculum is outstanding. I have an older child that attends a private school and we will be removing him if space is available to UWS. The level of education and teacher involvement at UWS outshines anything that we have seen to date.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
Yet again, we've had nothing but an absolutely wonderful experience thus far at Upper West. Our second grade daughter loves science 5 days a week, her reading is off the charts and she ran around in circles jumping up and down with excitement about joining the chess team. She recently wrote a "persuasive" letter to Mayor Bloomberg that was an amazing exercise for her (and quite funny to us). Her teachers and the staff are warm and welcoming and we can schedule conferences at any time. We've also been thrilled with the diversity of the school in all respects. Our daughter's class (typical of the entire school) is approximately one-third white, one-third black and one-third Latino. There is also an incredible degree of socio-economic diversity and about 15-20% of her class has special needs (an issue we're sensitive to as our older son is special needs). These are some of the reasons why we pulled her out of private school to attend Upper West. We look forward to another great year at Upper West!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2012
Success Academy Upper West is a phenomenal school! My daughter has received the highest level of education a school can offer. There is always an open door to come in to the classroom to observe and the teachers always make time to talk to parents.

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Success Academy Upper West
145 W 84th St-2nd Fl, New York, NY  10024
(646) 274-1581
Last modified Success Academy Upper West is a Charter school that serves grades K-3
Success Academy Upper West Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top