305 Greenfield Street
Hartford, CT 06112
Opened: August 2008
Grades: K to four
Number of Students in 2016-17: 446
Achievement First Hartford Academy Elementary opened in 2008 as part of Superintendent Steven Adamowski’s ambitious reform plan for Hartford Public Schools and is now included in the district's portfolio. At Achievement First Hartford Academy Elementary, a tremendous focus is placed on reading, which occupies three hours of instruction per day broken into alternating blocks of small group instruction. Teachers and students start the day with Morning Motivation, which includes recognition of exemplary REACH (Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship and Hard Work) and a school-wide song to put all students on track to have a successful day of learning. At Achievement First Hartford Academy Elementary, teachers do not just preach constant learning—they practice it. Every teacher has a coach who they meet with on a weekly basis to identify strengths and develop strategies for improvement.
Kerri-Ann T. Thomas is the principal of AF Hartford Academy Elementary School. Ms. Thomas most recently served as the STEM dean at AF Endeavor Elementary in Brooklyn, where 81% of students in both third and fourth grades earned at or above proficient on the 2016 New York State Test, a 24 percentage point increase from 2015. The school's fourth graders also took the science section of the state test, and 100% of students scored at or above proficient. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she joined Achievement First as a founding teacher at AF Endeavor Elementary. In addition to teaching, Ms. Thomas is the author of two children's books titled The Coffee Shop and Roll Call.
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