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Schenectady's Success Academy: Less is more

With fewer students, program yields better results

Success Academy for Middle School Students located at Steinmetz school has changed its program with half as many students in each class. Here, Tom Hopkins teaches a Social Studies class on Friday morning.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Success Academy for Middle School Students located at Steinmetz school has changed its program with half as many students in each class. Here, Tom Hopkins teaches a Social Studies class on Friday morning.
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Less turned out to be far more at Schenectady’s Success Academy. The program, for students who failed in middle school, was scaled back in this year’s budget. The smaller, reorganized program is now having much more success. Already, it has turned around more than 30 students who failed last year. Success Academy for Middle School Students used to take in 80 or more students each year. The goal was to help them finish two years ...


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