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About Amistad Academy Middle School

130 Edgewood Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-772-7000
Fax: 203-776-0229

Opened: July 1999
Grades: Five to eight
Number of Students in 2016-17: 364
Student Demographics in 2016-17:
50% Boys, 50% Girls
98% African American or Hispanic
74% Qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch


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.

School Leader

Katie Poynter is the principal of Amistad Academy Middle. In the fall of 2004, Katie became a founding teacher at Elm City College Preparatory Elementary, the second school in the Achievement First network, where she taught math and later became the dean of school culture. After attending law school at Columbia University, the lure of working directly with students and teachers to close the achievement gap brought her back to Achievement First as the director of Achievement First’s Principal-in-Residence program from 2010-13. Katie is thrilled to lead Amistad Academy Middle into its 15th successful year and beyond.

News From Our School

FOX 61
Amistad Academy Orchestrates Kids' Futures in the Orchestra Room

FOX 61
New Haven Schools Achieve With Distinction Despite the Odds

NBC Connecticut
Making the Grade: Alexandria Blackwood

NBC Connecticut
Making the Grade: Amistad Academy

New Haven Independent
Lacrosse Goes Urban

The News-Times
Danbury Takes a Lesson at Amistad Charter School

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

Amistad Academy 10th Anniversary Video

The New York Times
Students at Risk? He Can Help. He's Been There.

Teacher Magazine
Greater Expectations

Education World
Who Are We Proud to Be? Amistad Academy

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