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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

Zack Vose is the principal of Amistad Academy Elementary, where he originally served as a founding teacher in 2006. Most recently, Mr. Vose was a dean at AF Hartford Middle, where he helped coach teachers to some of the biggest year-over-year and internal assessment (IA) gains in the network. Prior to that, he spent seven years at Elm City College Prep Elementary as a teacher, Grade Level Chair and Academic Dean. As a reading teacher, Mr. Vose’s students grew tremendously and he helped Elm City earn the distinction as the # 1 school in Connecticut for African-American student performance, one of several ConnCAN Top 10 awards earned by the Elm City team during his time as a teacher and dean.

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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