407 James Street
New Haven, CT 06513
Opened: August 2004
Grades: K to four
Number of Students in 2012-13: 293
Student Demographics in 2011-12:
45% Boys, 55% Girls
85% African American or Hispanic
79% Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
Elm City College Preparatory Elementary opened in New Haven in 2004 and was the first Achievement First school with an elementary program. Years later, the elementary reading curriculum continues to center around a three-hour, sacred reading block that uses a phonics-based literacy program and text-rich classrooms. Immersed in sounds and words, students are quickly provided with a solid, early foundation for more advanced reading. At Elm City College Preparatory Elementary, teachers find creative ways to encourage and reward hard work, such as taking students on trips to local book stores and participation in "Funtastic Friday" celebrations.
Andrew Poole is the principal of Elm City College Prep Elementary School. Mr. Poole originally joined the Elm City College Prep Elementary team in 2004 as a founding kindergarten teacher because of his desire to work with a group of like-minded people who were launching a high-performing school with the goal to close the achievement gap in Connecticut. He taught kindergarten and second grade before becoming an instructional coach and academic dean. Prior to working at Elm City College Preparatory, Mr. Poole lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he worked for the nonprofit organization Sports4Kids, now known as PlayWorks, and taught first grade. He was the recipient of the Reach-A-Star Foundation Community Service Award in 2003. Mr. Poole holds a B.A. in government from Connecticut College and an M.S.Ed. from Teacher U at Hunter College.