Success Academy began 11 years ago with a group of 83 kindergarteners and 73 first graders.
This past December, Success Academy published a blog post about their first graduating seniors in this post, principal Andrew Malone wrote “I’m proud to report that 14 of the 17 seniors have already earned an admissions offer, with 23 acceptances overall! ”
I had been following the attrition of the 73 first grades as they had shrunk to 59 fourth graders then, a few years later, 26 9th graders. By December they were down to 17 12th graders — a 77% attrition rate.
Just 10 weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal did a piece called “How Success Academy Got Its First Seniors to College” with the subtitle: All 17 seniors at the New York City network’s first charter school have been accepted to four-year colleges.
Well, the graduation ceremony happened today and I noticed something unusual:
16, not 17. Somehow in the past 10 weeks, Success Academy lost another student.
I know that this is just one student, but I find it pretty strange that a student should go through 11 3/4 years of the pressures of Success Academy and not get to the opportunity to graduate. There must be an interesting story behind this missing scholar.
Either way, with one fewer, the official tally is 16 which is 22% of the original 73.