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The Achievement First Approach: Core Values

Achievement First lives by its core values, which inform and guide us in all aspects of what we do—from the classroom to the Network Support office—and help us create a positive, achievement-oriented school culture.

No excuses

Achievement First sets ambitious, clearly measurable goals to provide all students with an outstanding education. If we fall short of these goals, we are willing to change the way we do things in order to achieve excellence for our students.

People matter, mightily

The number one factor impacting student achievement is teacher quality. We aggressively recruit talent and heavily invest in our people so that they can make a real difference in the lives of our students.

Excellence is a habit

We relentlessly pursue excellence and never settle for "so-so" from students or team members.

Sweat the small stuff

We believe that details are the difference between mediocre and magnificent.

Team and family

This work is a team sport; everyone shares in Achievement First's successes while celebrating the unique strengths and differences of each person and school.

First things first

The needs of our students always come first.

Whatever it takes

Achievement First goes the extra mile to make a difference in the life of every student.

Many minds, one mission

Together with parents, partners and supporters, Achievement First works to improve the communities in which we work.

Everything with integrity

The REACH values (Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship and Hard Work) drive the words and actions of all members of the Achievement First team.

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