794 Dixwell Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Opened: August 2004
Grades: Seven to eight
Number of Students in 2016-17: 128
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 “warm demanding” culture, where respect, teamwork and hard work are the platinum standard.
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.
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