305 Greenfield Street
Hartford, CT 06112
Opened: August 2008
Grades: Five to eight
Number of Students in 2016-17: 222
Achievement First Hartford Academy Middle opened in 2008 as part of then-superintendent Steven Adamowski’s ambitious reform plan for Hartford Public Schools and is now included in the district’s portfolio of schools. The school has one clear goal: ensure that every eighth-grade student leaves the school with the academic and character skills necessary for success in a rigorous, college-preparatory high school program. During the past five years, the school has consistently demonstrated gap-closing student achievement gains. At the end of the school’s inaugural year, AF Hartford Academy Middle’s fifth-grade class demonstrated the greatest overall student performance gains of any school in the Hartford Public Schools district. By the time these same students reached eighth grade, 90 percent scored at or above proficiency in math, reading and writing on the 2012 Connecticut Mastery Test—a 22 percentage point jump from their fifth-grade results. In addition to providing a rigorous academic program, AF Hartford Academy Middle is also committed to character development, and the school explicitly teaches students in grades five through eight to live by the REACH values: Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship and Hard Work. After school, students participate in a wide array of sports teams, music and arts opportunities, and academic clubs.
Sorbrique Grant is the principal of Achievement First Hartford Academy Middle. Prior to Achievement First, Ms. Grant served as a teacher in New York City and worked on the Teach For America staff in various roles at institutes and at Citizen Schools. She previously served as Achievement First's director of principal preparation, where she worked extensively with the next generation of leaders at Achievement First. Ms. Grant attended Cornell University, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Pace University. She was named one of the 25 Most Influential Cornellians and was a Cornell Traditions Scholar. Ms. Grant is also the recipient of the Barbara Jordan Award for Women’s Leadership, the From Harvard to the Oval Office Fellowship and the John F. Kennedy Award.
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