529 Noble Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06608
Opened: August 2007
Grades: Five to eight
Number of Students in 2013-14: 345
Student Demographics in 2013-14:
48% Boys, 52% Girls
95% African American or Hispanic
80% Qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch
Achievement First Bridgeport Academy’s 2007 start-up marked an important milestone in Achievement First history—the expansion of our Connecticut family beyond New Haven. This took some cunning and courage, so it is fitting that the school’s mascot is the lion. For scholars, the lion symbolizes a school culture that takes great pride in personal achievement, teamwork and strong community bonds. Students gather on Friday afternoons for Pride Circle, where individuals are recognized for academic accomplishments and acting in ways that show the REACH values (Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship and Hard Work). Achievement First Bridgeport Academy is one of three schools piloting Life Prep, a new Achievement First program focusing on character education. As part of the program, students partner with local charities and non-profit organizations in the Bridgeport area to raise funds and provide volunteer services.
Challa Flemming is the principal of Achievement First Bridgeport Academy Middle. She joined the school as a founding member, teaching fifth-grade math, science and social studies prior to becoming the school’s academic dean. Before coming to AF Bridgeport Academy Middle, Mrs. Flemming spent five years teaching in the Bronx, New York. She is native to Connecticut and was born and raised in New Haven. Mrs. Flemming received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wesleyan University and her master’s degree in elementary education from Mercy College.
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