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About Elm City College Preparatory Middle School

794 Dixwell Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-772-5332
Fax: 203-772-3641

Opened: August 2004
Grades: Seven to eight
Number of Students in 2015-16: 267
Student Demographics in 2015-16:
38% Boys, 62% Girls
99% African American or Hispanic
82% Qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch


In the 2008-09 academic year, Elm City College Preparatory Middle’s fifth-graders were the first students in the network to have graduated from an Achievement First elementary school and moved up to an Achievement First middle school. While incoming fifth-graders had historically averaged two years below grade level, many of these students were more than a full year ahead. Elm City College Preparatory Middle boasts a particularly “warm demanding” culture, where respect, teamwork and hard work are the platinum standard. As with all Achievement First middle schools, students at Elm City College Preparatory Middle look forward all year to the end-of-year college field trips—a critical component of the college-focused curriculum. Elm City College Preparatory Middle’s fifth-grade students visit Temple University in Philadelphia, sixth graders travel to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, seventh graders visit Morehouse and Spelman Colleges in Atlanta and eighth graders visit the University of California at Berkeley. During these trips, students tour the campuses, attend lectures, participate in mock interviews with admissions staff and stay in the dormitories. While the college visit is the core of each trip, students’ horizons are broadened in countless other ways. For example, sixth graders go camping, hiking and biking through Acadia National Park, and many eat their first lobster!

School Leader

Robert Hawke is the principal of Elm City College Prep Middle. Previously, he served as an academic dean and principal-in-residence at Elm City College Prep Middle. Mr. Hawke began his career teaching Spanish for two years at Episcopal High School in Houston, then returned to his hometown of Fresno, Calif. to become a founding math teacher – and ultimately assistant principal – at KIPP Academy Fresno. Mr. Hawke later became the founding principal of KIPP Impact Middle School, the first KIPP school in Florida. He is a graduate of Rice University, where he majored in linguistics, Spanish and mathematics.

News From Our School

FOX 61
New Haven Schools Achieve With Distinction Despite the Odds

New Haven Independent
The School of the Future Gets a Dry Run

New Haven Independent
Charter School Earns Distinction

Elm City College Prep Middle Color Games

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