Eva Moskowitz is the founder and CEO of the largest public charter school in New York City, the Success Academy Charter School. This school was founded on the premise that children from low-income neighborhoods can learn just as much and just as well as other children. The general belief is that they cannot learn at the highest academic levels.
She opened the first Success Academy in 2006 in Harlem and since has offered these children an alternative to attending the schools that are chronically failing. Eva Moskowitz has helped thousands of the inner-city children to be able to fulfill their potential academically. There are now 41 schools in operation with teachers and other professionals who work to prove that these children from low-income families can learn and go on to college if they so desire.
In June of 2017, she was awarded the Board Prize for Public Charter Schools at the National Charter School Conference in Washington D.C. Success Academy will use the $250,000 prize money to help support and college-readiness programs for the Success students.
The Board Foundation award is important as it recognizes the schools work with underserved children. It also acknowledges that these children from the inner-city neighborhoods are able to achieve on an academic level as well or better than the students that come from more affluent homes and neighborhoods.
Eva Moskowitz is preparing to announce the creation of a new institute, the Success Academy Education Institute. The first order of business is to release the reading curriculum of the Success Academy on a digital platform. This program will be available to teachers for free.
Eva Moskowitz earned a Ph.D. in American History from the John Hopkins University and she also attended the University of Pennsylvania. She spent one year as an Assistant Professor of History at the City University of New York and Vanderbilt University.