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About Achievement First Summit Middle School

85 Edwards Street 
Hartford, CT 06120
Phone: 860-695-6200
Fax: 860-560-0147

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Opened: August 2014
Grades: Five to eight 
Number of Students in 2017-18: 344
Hours: 7:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mon – Thurs; 7:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Friday

"Climbing the Mountain to College"

School Leader

Benjamin Cruse is the founding principal of AF Summit Middle School. Prior to serving as principal at AF Summit Middle, Mr. Cruse participated in the yearlong principal-in-residence program at AF Hartford Academy Middle. Previously, he served as dean of students at AF Hartford Academy Middle for four years. During his tenure, Mr. Cruse led school culture work, coached and developed teachers, and served as the point person on all joyful school events and overall student/parent engagement. Mr. Cruse is committed to community service and founded a basketball program called Saturday Hoopsters in 2007. The program serves more than 500 Hartford children and all members of the staff are volunteers. Prior to his role as dean of students, Mr. Cruse served as the director of youth services at Leadership Greater Hartford for two years. He holds a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Cruse is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish, and was born and raised in Hartford where he still lives with his wife and young children.

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AF Summit Middle Seen & Heard

AF Summit Greatness

Principal Ben Cruse’s Op-Ed in the Connecticut Mirror