Achievement First
Respect - Enthusiasm - Achievement - Citizenship - Hard Work February 2012



AF Amistad High School
Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven is our flagship high school. One-hundred percent of its two graduating classes have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities. To learn more about AF Amistad High School, click here.

AF Brooklyn High School
Achievement First Brooklyn High School will graduate its first ever seniors in June of 2013. We are excited to see which universities they choose to attend. For more information about AF Brooklyn High School, click here.

NEW! AF Hartford High School
We are opening a brand new high school in Hartford, CT this fall. The school will be led by Claire Shin, the founding principal of Achievement First Hartford Academy Elementary School. We are currently assembling an outstanding team to found AF Hartford High.


At Achievement First, we work to prepare our students for a successful college experience. Check out the rigorous high school resources below to continue challenging your students.

High School ELA

Plan your year strategically with these 10th-grade scope and sequences for reading and writing.

Analyze The Catcher in the Rye with your students using this unit plan.

High School Math

Plan your relations and functions lessons using this unit plan.

Assess your students' pre-calculus knowledge using this unit exam.

High School Social Studies and Science

Explore the living world with your classes using this AP Biology unit.

Ensure your students understand their government with this US Constitution unit plan.

College Readiness

Prepare your classes for college with this Map to College unit plan.

Develop your students' critical thinking and writing skills using this College Seminar model.

To download more Achievement First resources in all subjects and grade levels, visit our newly updated resources page.

The Achievement First School Leader Immersion (SLI) is an exclusive opportunity for aspiring school leaders to develop the skills and mindsets necessary to lead at a high-performing charter school.

  • Southeast SLI in Atlanta - March 30, 2012
    Apply by February 20, 2012
  • New England SLI in New Haven - April 27, 2012
    Apply by March 19, 2012

To learn more or apply, email CJ Crowder, Director of School Leader Recruitment.

The Achievement First Teaching Residency provides rising second-year educators with the opportunity to teach at a high-performing urban charter school for the summer. Residents will receive instructional resources to advance student achievement and one-on-one feedback from outstanding instructors. Read our Summer Teaching Residency job description here.

Application Deadline: April 1 
Apply online here.

We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.


If you can't make it to one of our in-person events, join us for a Virtual Information Session hosted by an Achievement First talent recruiter.  We will discuss:

  • Achievement First's history, mission and core values
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Opportunities to join our team for the 2012-13 school year
  • Application process and qualities of a successful candidate

High School Teaching Opportunities at Achievement First
February 7; 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern


Starting Your School Leadership Career with Achievement First
February 15; 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern


Elementary School Teaching Opportunities at Achievement First
February 22; 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern



Throughout the year, our team visits cities across the country in search of the best teachers and school leaders. Below are cities we'll be visiting this month; please email us to learn more.

  • February 11 - Cleveland, MS
  • February 11 - Helena, AR
  • February 16 - Cambridge, MA

Check out our calendar of upcoming events here

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Achievement First high schools combine rigorous courses and high expectations with a host of support services more common at affluent and private high schools, including SAT prep, intensive college counseling, tutoring and explicit character education. Listen to our students describe their experience here.

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2012-13 High School Teachers
Start Date:
July 2012
Location: Brooklyn, Hartford and New Haven

Achievement First teachers are platinum. Our teachers work hard to ensure that every student is prepared for a rigorous college experience. Achievement First supports these efforts with robust teacher professional development, including weekly coaching meetings, on-going planning sessions and unparalleled learning opportunities. 

We are currently hiring:

  • Founding classroom teachers
  • Literature and writing teachers
  • Math teachers
  • Science teachers
  • History teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • College readiness teachers

Learn more and apply here.


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Associate Director of Facilities
Start Date:
Location: New Haven, CT

The associate director of facilities is responsible for managing all Achievement First school properties. The associate director provides technical assistance and support to school operations staff, develops systems for service-related concerns, and compiles and analyzes facility information. Learn more about this opportunity and apply here.

We are always looking for talented individuals to join our Network Support team. View current Achievement First Network Support opportunities here.

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The New Haven Residency Program for School Leadership is a unique collaboration between Achievement First and New Haven Public Schools. The program is designed to train and develop stellar assistant principals, coaches and teacher leaders who are interested in serving as the next generation of school leaders for the district.

For more information and to apply, click here.


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The mission of Achievement First is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America's children. We believe that all children, regardless of race or economic status, can succeed if they have access to a great education.

Achievement First schools will provide all of our students with the academic and character skills they need to graduate from top colleges, to succeed in a competitive world and to serve as the next generation of leaders in our communities.

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