SAT Scores

With an average score of 1263, our senior class beat the national average of 1068 by 195 points. What’s more, 100% of this class of 26 met national benchmarks for college readiness on both the math and verbal exams, compared with 49% across the country, outperforming national averages for all demographics.

A Revolutionary Approach To College Persistence

Every aspect of SA HSLA’s design focuses on college persistence. We believe that a college diploma gives scholars the path forward to economic stability, fulfilling careers, and the adult life they deserve. While research shows that college persistence is an enormous challenge for low-income students, students of color, and first-generation student nationwide, everyone at HSLA is completely focused on the end goal: not only getting all scholars into the college of their dreams, but giving them the skills and knowledge they need to thrive and graduate in four years.

Rigorous Academic Prep

Admission to SA HSLA is limited to students who have completed eighth grade at an SA middle school, which allows us to build on the rigorous preparation of grades K-8. Our high school’s workload is collegiate in both volume and nature, with a curriculum that focuses on critical thinking, problem solving, academic writing, and public speaking across content areas. Our program exceeds the distribution requirements for a New York State Regents Diploma. To graduate, scholars must meet passing scores on at least five external exams, in addition to completing the minimum course load.

Work Habits

Our high school offers both direct instruction and authentic practice in time-and task-management. We intentionally structure the school day with time for scholars to develop collegiate work habits with the goal of creating the experience of independence our scholars will face in college. Scholars use independent work time to meet with teachers, complete homework or research projects, and work on creative and athletic pursuits.

Talents & Passions

We offer a large number of electives, clubs, competitive teams, and student-driven experiential learning opportunities, which serve as a critical, creative outlet for exploring and developing passions and talents. Success Academy sets very high standards for its students —academically, athletically, and artistically. And it supports the scholars to help them reach those high standards.


We focus on cultivating the attributes and mindsets of successful college graduates. Dedicated deans teach crucial life habits such as time-and task-management, goal-setting, and self-advocacy.

College Knowledge

Starting in ninth grade, College Access and Persistence Counselors partner with scholars and families to support a holistic school experience while also supporting scholars through the college application process. Three times a week, our students participate in a college prep seminar that supports their academic core coursework and emphasizes strong work habits. During the college application process, they also learn about college-focused topics like financial literacy and stress management.

College Visit Schedule

We welcome visits from college admissions representatives to Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts throughout the year. Please visit MaiaLearning to create a user profile and access Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts’ school visit calendar. Should you have any difficulties, please utilize this instructional video. If you have further questions or cannot find a timeslot that works for you, please email marie.gause@saschools.org. Our scholars and school community look forward to meeting you!

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Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts is located in Midtown, Manhattan and is easily accessible via public transportation.

Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts

111 East 33rd Street, Floor 4 New York, NY 10033

Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts is located on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Norman Thomas High School building. Please note that upon entering, all visitors must check-in with security, present photo ID, and pass through a metal detector.


Success Academy High School Of The Liberal Arts Team

CEEB code: 333734

Michael LaFrancis


B.A. English, Clark University
M.S. English and Secondary Education, Southern Connecticut State University

(646) 431-1269

Dan Rojas

Principal in Residence

B.S. Accounting, Binghamton University

(646) 824-4821

Barbara Gao Shapiro

Associate Director of College Access & Persistence

B.S. Economics (Finance), University of Pennsylvania
B.A. History, University of Pennsylvania

(267) 477-4996

Nick McNiff

College Access & Persistence Counselor

B.A. History, Yale University

(610) 955-9880

Emile Greer

College Access & Persistence Counselor

B.A. Music, Yale University

(814) 883-0097

Devon Caveney

College Access & Persistence Counselor

B.A. Political Science, Williams College

(978) 857-1639

Marie Gause

College Access & Persistence Counselor

B.A. English, Loyola University Maryland
M.S.Ed. Counseling, Fordham University Graduate School of Education

(347) 735-0305