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About Amistad Academy Elementary School

130 Edgewood Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-772-7000
Fax: 203-772-2520

Opened: August 2006
Grades: K to four 
Number of Students in 2015-16: 464
Student Demographics in 2015-16:
47% Boys, 53% Girls
97% African American or Hispanic
91% Qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch


Amistad Academy Elementary opened in New Haven in 2006 as the long-awaited elementary expansion of the flagship Amistad Academy Middle School. At the beginning of the elementary school's first year of operation, only 4 percent of kindergarten scholars were reading at or above grade level; by the end of the year, the percentage had risen to 99 percent. The key to Amistad Academy Elementary's success is a school culture built on a strong foundation of sharing and caring, working hard, reflecting and having fun. Every morning, the music teacher kicks off Morning Motivation with a chant called "Are you going to have fun today?" For teachers, collegial observation is common, and "best practices are constantly shared."

School Leader

Amanda Alonzy is the principal at Amistad Academy Elementary School. Ms. Alonzy joined Achievement First in 2008, serving as a first-grade teacher and academic dean at Amistad Academy Elementary School. After completing her B.A. in elementary education from High Point University in North Carolina, Ms. Alonzy taught for three years in a struggling school in High Point. In 2005, Ms. Alonzy returned to Connecticut and taught second grade for two years. Ms. Alonzy recently completed a Masters in elementary education from Elon University and a Masters in administration from National Louis University.

News From Our School

FOX 61
New Haven Schools Achieve With Distinction Despite the Odds

New Haven Independent 
Toni Harp & "Toni Harp" Take History's Stage

NBC Connecticut
Mayor Visits Amistad Academy

New Haven Register
Summer Learning Goes High-tech at New Haven's Amistad Academy

Welcome to Amistad Academy

New Haven Register
The Amistad Revolution: Model to be Expanded to Other Grades

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