305 Greenfield Street
Hartford, CT 06112
Opened: August 2008
Grades: K to four
Number of Students in 2012-13: 429
Student Demographics in 2011-12:
55% Boys, 45% Girls
100% African American or Hispanic
66% Qualify for Free and Reduced 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.
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.