794 Dixwell Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Opened: August 2004
Grades: Five to eight
Number of Students in 2012-13: 219
Student Demographics in 2011-12:
49% Boys, 51% Girls
99% African American or Hispanic
72% Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
In the 2008-09 academic year, Elm City College Preparatory Middle’s fifth graders were the first scholars 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 scholars 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!
Rebecca Good is the principal of Elm City College Preparatory Middle School. Ms. Good joined Elm City College Prep in 2006, motivated by her desire to ensure that all students receive a quality education and to create an environment dedicated to student success. Ms. Good taught seventh-grade English Language Arts and served as director of enrichment programs. After her first year, she was promoted to dean of students, which led to her current role as principal. Prior to joining Elm City College Prep, Ms. Good was a Teach For America corps member and spent two years teaching high school English Language Arts at Miami Central Senior High School in Florida. Following two successful years, during which she was nominated as Rookie Teacher of the Year, Ms. Good transferred to The 500 Role Model Academy of Excellence, an alternative school that caters to at-risk youth. While there, she was recognized as a finalist for Teacher of the Year for the Miami-Dade District, one of the largest school districts in the country. Ms. Good earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in sociology. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she became director of an accredited sports summer program for more than 100 youth, tutored in multiple schools throughout the community and co-founded “Simply You,” a character education program for fifth graders, for which she committed seven months to researching, lesson planning and teaching the program in local classrooms.