529 Noble Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06608
Opened: August 2007
Grades: Five to eight
Number of Students in 2012-13: 333
Student Demographics in 2011-12:
52% Boys, 48% Girls
98% African American or Hispanic
83% Qualify for Free and Reduced 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.
Morgan Barth is the principal of Achievement First Bridgeport Academy Middle School. Previously, he served as principal of Elm City College Preparatory Elementary School in New Haven. Prior to that, he was the academic dean and a founding fifth-grade teacher at Elm City College Preparatory Middle School, where his fifth-grade English Language Arts classes showed two-and-a-half years of growth and a 20 percentile point gain in reading on nationally-normed assessments. Before joining Achievement First, Mr. Barth served as a Teach For America corps member in the Mississippi Delta region, teaching fourth grade in Chicot County, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Williams College, where he majored in history. Mr. Barth also holds an M.Ed. from National Louis University and completed the KIPP Stanford Educational Leadership Institute.