De Blasio OKs Success Academy-Queens Middle School

Mayor de Blasio has given Success Academy Queens families what they’ve been asking for: a suitable permanent middle school so that their children can continue their education.

Success Academy South Ozone Park (Queens) Middle School. Credit: Success Academy

In August, Success Academy Ozone Park Middle School will open its doors to the 250 fifth and sixth graders, who had previously been temporarily co-located with I.S. 238 in Hollis; the school opened in 2020 as SA Hollis Middle School, but due to pandemic students learned remotely and never entered the building. The new space will be in a private, stand-alone building, located at 109-55 128th Street in Queens. It has a gymnasium/auditorium and cafeteria, and is large enough to accommodate all middle school students from SA Rosedale and SA South Jamaica when fully enrolled.


Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz.

“We’re grateful the mayor has done the right thing by kids and families,” said Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of Success Academy. “Success Academy families were tenacious in their advocacy, and we appreciate the support of Congressman Meeks and the Queens delegation in securing this new educational home.”

Founded in 2006, Success Academy Charter Schools are free public K-12 schools open to all children in the state through a random lottery. With 47 schools across Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens, Success Academy enrolls 20,000 students, primarily children of color from low-income households in disadvantaged neighborhoods: 74 percent receive free or reduced-price lunch, 94 percent are students of color, 16 percent have disabilities, and 8 percent are English language learners. In 2020, 100 percent of SA’s third and largest class of 99 graduating seniors were accepted to college, with 69 percent accepted to selective institutions, with robust financial aid packages; 82 percent of the class will be the first in their families to attend college.

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