Achievement First Schools
Achievement First operates a network of 22 public charter schools in New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, CT, and Brooklyn, NY. In the 2012-13 academic year, we are serving more than 7,000 students in grades K to 12.
Achievement First schools offer a college-preparatory environment in which all students will learn, achieve and go to college. The school day and year are structured to infuse students with a love of learning and to provide them with the academic and character skills necessary to succeed in college and a competitive world.
Support for struggling students: All students will learn—we accept no excuses. Achievement First students are assessed in the core subjects every six weeks so that struggling students can be identified and receive help before they fall too far behind. Every Achievement First school offers a combination of before- and after-school tutoring, small-group instruction during the school day, and Saturday tutoring to make sure that every student receives the help that he or she needs.
Unwavering college focus: We continuously expose students to college. Beginning in kindergarten, Achievement First students are preparing to go to college. Our classrooms are named after colleges and universities, each grade is identified by the year they will graduate from college, and students make
annual field trips to colleges and universities. We aim for a 100 percent college acceptance rate for our
high school seniors.
Commitment to character education: All students live by the REACH values (Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship and Hard Work). Our goal is to develop well-rounded students, and we teach these character values as explicitly as we teach academics.
Palpable love of learning and joy: Achievement First students know that it is "cool" to be smart and that learning is fun. Students are frequently and systematically recognized for academic achievement and good behavior. Students can earn everything from recognition at award ceremonies to trips to bowling alleys, amusement parks and movie theaters.
Team and family atmosphere: Education is a team sport. Academic breakthroughs and high student achievement require teamwork between parents, students and teachers. At Achievement First, students, parents and teachers sign a contract outlining their shared commitment to hard work and consistent support of one another.