Amistad Academy Middle, the Achievement First flagship, opened in New Haven in 1999 and celebrated its 10th year of operation in 2009. The school was profiled in the PBS documentary “Closing the Achievement Gap” (2004) and was named Connecticut’s 2006 Title I Distinguished School after having the greatest performance gains of any middle school in the state. The school gathers every week for Morning Circle, where students are recognized by teachers and peers for academic achievement and strong character skills. Town Meetings take place every six weeks and build school spirit with music, skits, cheers and awards. Amistad Academy Middle’s robust after-school enrichment program, Encore!, offers students daily expert instruction in theater, karate, dance, orchestra, volleyball, step team, graphic design and other arts and athletic activities.
Sarah White is the principal at Amistad Academy Middle School. Ms. White served as a teacher at Amistad Academy Middle for three years and was the SPED chair for one of those years. After earning recognition as one of Amistad Academy Middle’s highest-performing teachers, she served as academic dean for the two years prior to her appointment as principal in the fall of 2011.