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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 2015-16: 462
Student Demographics in 2015-16:
50% Boys, 50% Girls
99% African American or Hispanic
100% Qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch


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.

School Leader

Ernest Peterson is the principal of Achievement First Hartford Academy Elementary School. Prior to joining Achievement First, Mr. Peterson served as the deputy headmaster and high school principal at the Carol Morgan School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Previously, he served as an elementary school principal at River Oaks Charter School (ROCS), a part of the Aspire Public Schools network in California. Mr. Peterson also worked as an adviser at Ark Schools and Future Leaders, which are educational reform organizations in London. Prior to his work in London, Mr. Peterson served as a district model classroom teacher at an upper elementary and middle school in the Bronx. He participated in Teach For America and New Leaders for New Schools, attended California State University, Hayward—now known as California State University, East Bay—and earned a master’s degree from City College of New York.

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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