580 Dixwell Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Achievement First Amistad High School is a college-preparatory public charter school in New Haven, Connecticut. Achievement First Amistad High provides a life-altering education that prepares students for the opportunities and responsibilities they will face in college and beyond. The school was founded in 2006 based on one innovative premise: close the achievement gap by providing a prep-school-quality education to inner-city students. Achievement First Amistad High combines 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. Achievement First Amistad High is recognized as a national model of education reform, proving what is truly possible when urban students receive a world-class education.
Achievement First Amistad High has one goal: 100% of students will be accepted into four-year colleges and universities. The school prepares students to meet this goal by providing a challenging course of studies and supporting students in their growth outside the classroom. In the classrooms at Achievement First Amistad High, all students are prepared to take responsibility for their own learning. As students progress from grade nine to 12, instruction shifts from a teacher-directed approach to student-led exchanges of ideas. Outside of class, students grow as athletes, volunteers, leaders and responsible community members through participation in the school’s extracurricular, athletic and arts programs. Please visit our high school page for more information.
Opened: August 2006 (with ninth graders)
Grades: Nine to 12
School Type: Public charter
School Year: Three trimesters
Faculty/Student Services: 32
Faculty with Advanced Degrees: 53%
Number of Students in 2016-17: 581
Achievement First Amistad High School is based on an innovative premise: closing the achievement gap by providing a prep-school quality education to inner-city students. Achievement First Amistad High School combines rigorous academics and high expectations with a host of supports, including SAT prep, intensive college counseling, tutoring, explicit character education and a school culture in which it is “cool” to be smart. Key facets of the Achievement First Amistad High School program include:
Morgan Barth is the principal of AF Amistad High School. Mr. Barth and his family have lived in New Haven for many years, and he has had several roles at Achievement First since starting in 2004 as a 5th grade reading teacher at Elm City College Prep Middle. Most recently, Mr. Barth was the Regional Superintendent for a group of AF elementary and middle schools in Connecticut. Before that, he worked at the Connecticut State Department of Education where he led the Turnaround Office, supporting school improvement around the state. From 2011 – 2013, Mr. Barth was the principal of AF Bridgeport Academy Middle; in his two years there, the school was among the fastest improving in all of Connecticut. From 2008-2011, he served as principal of Elm City College Prep Elementary. During his time there, the school was ranked the # 1 school for African-American student achievement in the state of Connecticut. Mr. Barth grew up in New York City and began his teaching career as a Teach for America Corps Member in rural Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta. He holds a certificate from the superintendent’s program the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education, a master's degree in education administration from National Louis University and a bachelor's degree in history from Williams College.
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