49 Prince Street
New Haven, CT 06519
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 or click here 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 2013-14: 373
Student Demographics in 2013-14:
47% Boys, 53% Girls
99% African American or Hispanic
75% Qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch
Average Daily Attendance: 97%
College Acceptance Rate (2013): 100%
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:
Chris Bostock is the principal of Achievement First Amistad High School. Prior to joining Achievement First, Mr. Bostock served as a Teach For America corps member in New Haven, teaching middle school history. After his corps experience, he joined the team at AF Amistad High School, where he worked as an AP History teacher and served as the ninth grade level chair for two years. Mr. Bostock then became the school's dean of students and also served as an instructional coach before becoming principal in 2012. He holds a B.A. in history from Trinity College, is a graduate of the General Course at the London School of Economics and earned an M.A. from Teachers College at Columbia University.
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