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About Achievement First Hartford 
Academy Elementary School

305 Greenfield Street
Hartford, CT 06112
Phone: 860-695-6560
Fax: 860-242-6457

Opened: August 2008
Grades: K to four 
Number of Students in 2013-14: 439
Student Demographics in 2013-14:
52% Boys, 48% Girls
99% African American or Hispanic
100% Qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch


Achievement First Hartford Academy Elementary opened as part of Superintendent Steven Adamowski’s ambitious reform plan for Hartford Public Schools. 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.

School Leader

Liz Ferguson is the principal of Achievement First Hartford Academy Elementary School. Ms. Ferguson prepared for the role by participating in Achievement First's principal-in-residence program. Prior to becoming a principal, she served as an academic dean, instructional coach, grade level chair and teacher at Achievement First Amistad Academy Elementary School. Before joining Achievement First in 2007, Ms. Ferguson taught first grade for three years in Los Angeles, California. She attended Vassar College, where she majored in urban studies with a focus on Hispanic studies and education.

News From Our School

NBC Connecticut
Making the Grade: Alexandria Blackwood

Hartford Courant
Gateses Give Hartford School Efforts A $5 Million Boost

Hartford Courant
Clear Choice: Invest in Schools, or Prisons

Hartford Courant
It's Cool to Learn

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