2021 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11233
Opened: August 2008
Grades: K to four
Number of Students in 2012-13: 427
Student Demographics in 2011-12:
48% Boys, 52% Girls
99% African American or Hispanic
81% Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
Each week, the entire Achievement First Brownsville Elementary team and family, including teachers, students and parents, gather for Morning Circle, during which the community celebrates successes and identifies challenges to overcome. In addition, students share their learning and talent with their peers, teachers and parents during quarterly "arts nights" and potluck dinners. Students perform before their school community while becoming accomplished dancers, singers and artists. Achievement First Brownsville Elementary students also work hard to achieve academic excellence. The school has introduced a math curriculum which uses a constructivist approach to encourage students to generate their own strategies for solving math problems by using manipulatives, writing and discussion.
Michelle Kagan is the principal of Achievement First Brownsville Elementary School. Ms. Kagan prepared for the role by participating in a principal-in-training program during the 2011-2012 school year, as well as by serving as a school director with Teach For America’s Summer Institute. She received her M.A. in educational leadership from the Summer Principals Academy at Columbia University’s Teachers College and earned her B.A. in political science and human rights from Barnard College. She began her career in education in 2004, teaching fourth grade in the New Orleans area. She helped to found AF Brownsville Elementary School in 2008 as the founding academic dean.