130 Edgewood Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Opened: August 2006
Grades: K to four
Number of Students in 2016-17: 465
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."
Christina Parés is the Principal of Amistad Academy Elementary School. Christina began her career as a performer in the tri-state area. She then returned to her original passion of teaching and became an educator at Village Academies in New York City. Christina joined Achievement First in 2009 at AF Bridgeport Academy Middle School. While there, she served as a fifth and seventh grade math teacher, grade level chair, Dean of Students, and Interim Principal. Christina is excited to lead Amistad Academy Elementary School and bring her breadth of experience to elementary students. She holds a M.A. in education and a B.A. in musical theater from New York University.
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