« Back to compare
/ School Profile
Public charter
New York, NY
Students enrolled: 896
Before care: No

Contact this school

34 W 118th St-2nd Fl
New York, NY 10026

School website
(646) 277-7170
(212) 457-5659
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Success Academy Harlem 1 address.

February 04, 2015
First I'd like to share that each school compliments a different child. A child may excel in one institution over the other but shouldn't define the school where the child unsuccessfully excelled, as lack of... What this school rates high in is frequency and consistency. It is well structured and may differ from the average public school run by the PTA, but there is a systematic format that does seem to work. Parents are able to plan ahead with their child's homework and doesn't really change. It aids in keeping the parent accountable for their child's progress rather than have the dependency of the school to foster the development of the child. Another winning factor is the teacher development and how their educational backgrounds play a role in the classrooms. Success Academy has an infraction system which can teach kids to value their own growth and development while the child tracks his/her own results in following rules. One argument with the school is the absence of language programs which I feel is essential in today's challenging world. Overall this school is designed to challenge children and advise on "make choices".

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2014
My son attends this school now and it's definitely a mixed bag in terms of experience. He is definitely learning a lot and I consider the longer hours a good thing - you can't master anything without spending adequate time on it. However, the school seems overly stringent on rules and infractions to the point where my kid is afraid to tell his 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. While there is some communication the teacher (I mostly get calls for [questionable] "infractions"), I definitely don't feel like there is any partnership in trying to do what's best for the kids. It seems like communication for the purpose of keeping kids 'in line'. I ask my son every day how school was and his answer is always to tell me how many infractions he incurred that day. And I've heard other kids do the same in the playground. That's sad.

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2014
homeroom teacher still gave him a plain F for the entire semester; there were no phone calls to warn me about his performance, nor was I ever told of any trouble when I would ask his HR teacher if all was well. Also, for the entire semester, scholars were not given any homework! Now, my boy is bright and he got great scores in all of the other classes, he had NEVER gotten an F. Insulted (an F is just abusive), I transferred him to a public school and now he is the best student in his class! I think there is a very high chance this school is guilty of exploitation and that it makes makes unreasonable demands of children which is grounds for child abuse. It looks pretty but it's rotten at the core.

- submitted by a teacher

September 08, 2013
My son went to this school and learned a great deal of things but sadly I had to remove him because he was being bullied. He will get teased for being hispanic, pushed around, personal belongings stolen and thrown in the garbage.These people really didn't care about what was going on with my child. The principal was always hiding in her office in some "meeting". After showing proof that my son was being bullied they didn't care enough to remove the bully from the school or even from my sons class. Please visit the school and interview a few parents before considering this school for your child.

- submitted by a parent

December 18, 2012
I know with all things there are good and bad. This school (hsa1)has proven true to this fact. While the curriculum is on point there are other aspects of the school culture to be frowned upon. If you are considering any success academies do your homework!

- submitted by a parent

October 20, 2012
run by a politician who is lookng to make a name for herself and run for mayor

- submitted by a community member

June 12, 2012
The luck of the draw. Overall HSA has a great educational program and some really good teachers (Mr. Y, Ms. Dugan, Mr. Inslee, Coach Collier, Ms. Bezner, Ms. O). Unfortunately, like most schools HSA 1 aslo has some horrible teachers. Not just horrible in the sense that they do a poor job of imparting knowledge; but horrible in terms of classroom management and communicating with parents. I would highly recommend you make an unplanned visit to the school and see for yourself. To be fair, my son's first grade experience at HSA1 was great, but his second grade experience left much to be desired. On balance, if I had it to do over I probably would not choose HSA 1 and indeed we are considering private school as an alternative to sending him back for more of the same next year. It may take more work on your part at home to replicate the academic achievement, but the are gifted and talented programs throughout the city and you will be sparing your child from being bullied, robbed, degraded and other horrible experiences no child should experience. Complaining to the teachers or administration will only waste your time and make things worse.

- submitted by a parent

March 02, 2012
My neice has atend this school since the 1st grade. She was pick by lottory. This is a wonderful school with a great core values and very invovled with the children. Thye have a very high academic standard that they hold the students and parents accountable for. if my children where smaller this would have been one of the schools that i would have definitely been proud to apply for.

- submitted by a parent

June 28, 2011
Harlem Success Academy 1 is truly a school to be emulated. To see that it already has been proves that more need to be created. The teacher, parent and children are all held accountable to their part in process. There are 4 schools in Manhattan, 2 in the Bronx and I believe 2 in Brooklyn. This is proof that the methods and materials used is working. Harlem Success Acadmey 1 should be honored for leading the way on how our children should be taught. Harlem Success stand out as a school all its own. The teachers are well trained and truly go above and beyond your expectation. For a public school, the teaching, guidance and encouragement my child receives is truly a blessing. My son already knows and is preparing himself for his graduation. He know that he is part of the graduating Class of 2024!

- submitted by a parent

November 01, 2010
Simply becuase they care. I get a phone call at least once per week telling me what a good job my daughter is doing. I love this school, kids are there focus.

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2010
My daughter is in HSA3 and is the best thing i did. This school worked hard with my daughter on her reading. I'm very happy with this school. It's the best thing that ever happend in harlem....5***** for HSA3 next stop is college....

- submitted by a parent

September 14, 2010
Exellent school! I am very happy my son was accepted into Harlem Success Academy! Rigorous academic program with a touch of joy so kids want to come back and learn. Encourages a college education early on! College tours starting in Kindergarten. Strong leadership in these schools. Parent involvment is strong! Love this school and I'm sure you will too!

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2010
My daughter will also begin grade K at HSA 4 on 8.18.10 and I am so excited. We are so blessed that she has been accepted and will receive a top notch education. I have done extensive research on this school, attended various community events regarding HSA, and attended all of the mandatory meetings to ensure her acceptance. I am positive that my daughter will become the "brain doctor" that she has set out to be!

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2010

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2010
The best public school in the city-hands down!. I'm so fortunate to have my two daughters attending HSA 2 (Kinder and 2 grade). Devoted teachers and staff, committed to excel and bring the best out of every child. It is not only about the academic aspect but also about the school culture and its values: Agency, Curiosity, Try and Try, Others, No short cut! A true recipe for success in life now and in the future. If only more public school in this city were run like HSA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 30, 2010
I am a parent of 2 HSA3 students. The only thing I have to say is PHENOMENAL!!! My 2nd grader does rudimentary algebraic formulas and my kindergartener reads chapter books! If you're interested in an excellent, free, public education for your child this school is the benchmark for charters!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 28, 2010
Harlem Success has always maintain the promise to provide my children with the best education possible. In the 4 years my children have been in the school, HSA has kept that promise. My scholars excite and surprise me everyday with their educational insights. Thank you HSA for your continuing dedication to our children !

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2010
My daughter attends HSA2 and she's in her 2nd year. Initially, she was on the waitlist, she didn't make the lottery, but I was pleasantly surprised when they called and said she was accepeted. Academically, it is everything they claim it to be. Mr Manly greets the children in rain, sleet or snow and he asks the 1st graders math questions, and they enter after answering correctly. My only issue was getting in contact with the main office, it always went to voice mail and I was not able to reach a live person. However, it appears that issue was resolved. I couldn't find the cell phone sheets, my fault. Over the easter weekend, my daughter had a 105 page book to read, and she is in the 1st grade. Not only can she read it, she understands what she is reading. I will defiantly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2010
My son attends HSA1 and this is a fantastic school! The curriculum and academic program is extraordinary and he is reading and doing math problems well beyond his grade level. Additionally, the curriculum is beyond that which my daughter was exposed to at his age, and she attends a Manhattan private school. It is demanding (on the child and the parent) and both of you must be disciplined, but that's what's expected in life if you want to be successful! I especially like that science is taught everyday and I love the extended day. My only issue is that they don't offer an after school program, but hey, you can't have everything!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 29, 2010
My son attended HSA2 for 3 months & I pulled him out, b/c I felt they are not patient enough to deal w/4 year olds & the discipline is OVERRRATED. My 4 year old son was suspended for a day. Sent home w/o a note or an incident report. Suspension for a child that is 4 is ridiculous & unacceptable. These charter schools are runned like boot camp, & expect for children to transform overnight. Also if you're a working parent, I dont recommend this school for you, b/c they do not work around your schedule. If you miss any family events, which are held during the day, you have to attend Saturday Classes 'NONSENSE'. I for one didnt have to attend any Sat class b/c I pulled my son out. This school is not made out what it is hyped up to be..Just FYI

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2010
The best Charter School in all NY State! I will fight for this school at all cost! See you in Albany!

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2009
The instruction in this school is extraordinary. Students' individual needs are catered to like I've never seen before and the structure of the school culture leads to excellent behavior on behalf of the students.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2009
My son attends HSA1 and i must admit i am extreamly please with the entire Administration that HSA provides, each and every single teacher at the school, provides excellence and attentiveness to each student , i can't even start to explain the kind of improvement in reading writing drawing amongst other motives that my child has achieved thus far, this is a school of excellence , pride , and dignity, it shows its integrity and gives minorities another way of appreciating our education system, we also have a chance to bring change and we show it through our scholars, the communication with the school is at its highet. HSA is the best choice any parent can make in life for there child with the oppurtunity. I am a proud parent of a HSA student!!

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2009
I recently entered my son at Harlem Success 1 and I am very happy. The administration and teachers are very focused and caring of all the children. They have the best elementary science program in New York City. My son enjoys going to school and has homework each night (including weekends). My family feels very fortunate my son was able to attend HSA 1.

- submitted by a parent

March 18, 2009
I am a parent at HSA 2 'the deuce' and I have to say that I am very lucky to have my daughter attend this school. My daughter is only 5 yrs old (kindergarten) and she knows how to read,, is learning how to play chess and she loves science. The principal knows every single student by name and greets every student each morning. The teachers and staff are constantly communicated with their parents on a daily basis. Each teacher is provided a cellphone in case you have any worries or questions and they will return your call in less than 24hrs and they are great in doing that. The only downfall is that teachers, staff, students and parents have to fight for space in DOE buildings in order to add higher grades and continue to make HSA grow.

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2009
My son currently attends HSA4. The decision to place my son on HSA lottery was the best decision I made. Originally he did not make the cut and I felt a load of disappointment. I am fortunate that it worked in our favor. The Principal, Teachers, and Staff Members are all pleasant people. The school has a 24hour return call policy (all my questions have been answered within ample time). Our school principal is on first name bases with all HAS4 students, and he greets and shakes the children s hands. They are much disciplined and well structured. The teachers are attentive and have communicated on my son s progress thoroughly. I am informed right away if he has misbehaved or is missing an assignment. Someone is continuously checking the reading log to make sure your child is on track. My son s reading has improved drastically. The only downfall I would say

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2009
This school has an excellent cirrculum and are demanding in teaching children lifes basic needs like learning how to read.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 25, 2009
The curriculum is effective, great, caring, teachers. However, the principal at HSA 3 is very rude and so is the director, they need to be fired and replaced.

- submitted by a parent

November 14, 2008
My child attend Harlem Success Academy, II must say their school culture is extremely good, teacher are involve in the child academic improvements as well as staff, great web site if need info. Communication between teacher and parents is very affective; teachers have cell phone provided by school to communicate with parents at all time as well via e mail. Let me say the one thing, when it comes to disciplinary action they are on point. As a parent involve with my sons education I have to say H.S.A II is one of the best chatter schools in the city, very happy with their academic teaching, looking forward to next year. My child is 5 years of age and he is now reading above grade level, constant feed back when it comes to child need of improvement. I hope that all schools in the city hade their school culture.

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2008
My child is at HSA 2 and I must say, I am very impressed with the school so far. The week's work is printed for you so you know what to expect. I like the way the principal shakes everybody's hand before they go into the building, sometimes by calling their name, it makes them feel special. The classrooms are bright and up to technology. They have a lot of books in the class. Kids are known as scholars and each scholar's class is a University of the alma mater of the teacher. It puts the scholar in a college mind frame right from the start to aspire to not only go to college, but graduate. The only downside to this school is they always sharing building and therefore the class sizes are really large (27). It is a long day for the scholars and they dont have afterschool.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 29, 2008
They are the best. I couldn't ask for a better school. The teachers are so caring. Mrs Moskowitz and the teachers have done a good job teaching the kids. I love their way of teaching as well as their curriculum. This is my daughter third year and I can see how much she has progressed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 02, 2008
I just want to say that i am more than pleased with the entire staff of Harlem Success Charter Academy . The school provided my child with all the tools needed to ensure that she not only maintains her current grades, but has given her the confidence to look forward to a college graduation. I think Harlem Success for their determination to make my child a college scholar !

- submitted by a parent

Profile Completeness


Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »

Contact school


Nearby homes for sale


Last modified: February 04, 2015

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.

GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2015 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Success Academy Harlem 1
34 W 118th St-2nd Fl, New York, NY  10026
(646) 277-7170
Last modified Success Academy Harlem 1 is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Success Academy Harlem 1 Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top