Science teachers at Success Academy join a community that places central importance on scientific inquiry and mastery: Starting in kindergarten, our scholars have hands-on science every day. We prioritize building a community of scientists, and science teachers from across the network train together and collaborate to deliver the highest-quality instruction to scholars. Together they ensure our scholars engage deeply with the world around them and learn the joy of observing, asking questions, and pursuing new lines of inquiry.
Our program is built on encouraging scholars to truly understand core science ideas and inspiring them to apply those ideas in new and different ways. Our kids become critical thinkers and skill builders, rather than fact memorizers.
Director of Science
Claire Bartkus | Director of Science
Scholars participate in discovery based science five days a week, starting in kindergarten, and complete about 150 experiments each year. That strong base of knowledge in the younger grades allows us to provide advanced middle and high school courses including AP-level Biology, Physics, or Chemistry.
Our teachers believe in their scholars’ capacity to be innovators and researchers at any age. Five days a week, Success Academy K-4 scholars dive into hands-on experiments, celebrating curiosity and honing a passion for discovery.
The adventures continue in middle school, where our teachers prioritize the development of scholar independence and leadership in scientific inquiry. Scholars don’t wait to be called on; they confidently lead each other through vibrant discussions akin to a college-level science lab.
Our science program encourages scholars to think flexibly and analytically, challenging them to systematically follow lines of insightful inquiry when faced with unfamiliar and difficult problems. Ninth and tenth graders complete weekly laboratory exercises and write-ups, mastering advanced applications of the scientific method. Juniors and seniors engage in college- level science content in their choice of AP courses.
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