The students who go to Success Academy are not trained to be able to take tests. In fact, the school does not put too much into the tests and simply use them as a way to measure how far the students have come. They want to make sure that they have the students in the right program and that helps them to make sure that they are giving them every opportunity that they need to be successful. When students fail a test at Success Academy, they are able to learn from it and grow from it in a way that would never happen at a traditional public school. Success Academy also learns from the testing process so that they can change things about the curriculum that are simply not working for the students. Success Academy puts a lot of emphasis on learning in the right environment instead of trying to just pass tests.
Students at the school seem to be performing at about twice the proficiency levels as those who are in public schools. These students make sure that they are going to be able to learn as much as possible from Success Academy by being in a positive learning environment. The school planned that so the students would always be excited to learn. There is not a lot of play time at Success Academy but everything that the students learn feels like playtime because there is a lot of learning that is incorporated into the learning process.
Even as early as kindergarten, students are taught a lot of information that will help them later on in life. For example, Success Academy has architecture and space books. They can use these books to explore the world and learn more. Doing this prepares them for later on in life and gives them a chance to learn more as they grow older. Students at Success Academy are never forced to learn but the majority of them are hungry for knowledge because it feels like so much more than the traditional learn-test methods of teaching.