305 Greenfield Street
Hartford, CT 06112
Opened: August 2008
Grades: Five to eight
Number of Students in 2012-13: 389
Student Demographics in 2011-12:
53% Boys, 47% Girls
98% African American or Hispanic
85% Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
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.
Jeff House is the founding principal at Achievement First Hartford Academy Middle School. Mr. House prepared to become a founding principal as a principal-in-training at Amistad Academy Middle School in New Haven in the 2007-08 school year. Prior to joining Achievement First, Mr. House was the lead teacher and grade level coordinator for fifth and sixth grades at Edward W. Brooke Charter School in Boston. In his last year as a full-time teacher, Mr. House’s sixth-grade students outperformed all of their peers in the city of Boston on the state math exam. Mr. House earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Haverford College.