305 Greenfield Street
Hartford, CT 06112
Achievement First Hartford High School is a college-preparatory public charter school in Hartford, Connecticut. Achievement First Hartford High provides a life-altering education that prepares students for the opportunities and responsibilities they will face in college and beyond. The school was founded in 2012 based on one innovative premise: close the achievement gap by providing a prep-school-quality education to inner-city students. Achievement First Hartford High combines rigorous courses and high expectations with a host of support services more common at affluent and private high schools, including SAT prep, intensive college counseling, tutoring and explicit character education. Achievement First's high schools are recognized as national models of education reform, proving what is truly possible when urban students receive a world-class education.
Achievement First Hartford High has one goal: 100% of students will be accepted into four-year colleges and universities. The school prepares students to meet this goal by providing a challenging course of studies and supporting students in their growth outside the classroom. In the classrooms at Achievement First Hartford High, all students are prepared to take responsibility for their own learning. Outside of class, students grow as athletes, volunteers, leaders and responsible community members through participation in the school’s extracurricular, athletic and arts programs. For more information, please visit our high school page.
Opened: August 2012 (with ninth graders)
Grades: Nine to 12
School Type: Public charter
School Year: Three trimesters
Number of Students in 2016-17: 199
Achievement First Hartford High School is a public charter high school in Hartford. It shares best practices with Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven, the first high school in the Achievement First network of high-performing public charter schools, as well as with Achievement First Brooklyn High School, which opened in Brooklyn, NY in 2009. One of the best lessons learned from Achievement First Amistad High School, which opened in 2006, is the need for urban high schools explicitly committed to closing the achievement gap. Achievement First Hartford High School will ensure that students receive the consistent academic rigor and character development they need to complete the path to college. For more information, please visit our high school page.
Achievement First Hartford High School is based on an innovative premise: closing the achievement gap by providing a prep-school quality education to inner-city students. Achievement First Hartford High School combines rigorous academics and high expectations with a host of supports, including SAT prep, intensive college counseling, tutoring, explicit character education and a school culture in which it is “cool” to be smart. Key facets of the Achievement First Hartford High School program include:
Emily Banks has served as the principal of Achievement First Hartford High School since 2013. Ms. Banks joined Achievement First in 2007 as a math teacher at Elm City College Prep Middle School and went on to become an academic dean and principal-in-residence at Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven, Connecticut. Under Ms. Banks’ leadership, AF Hartford High School students outperformed the state average on the SAT, as well as earned the highest average SAT scores among low-income students in the state. On the 2015 Connecticut state SBAC exam, students achievement scores surpassed those of neighboring West Hartford. Ms. Banks graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College and received a master’s in teaching from American University.
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