350 Linwood Street
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Opened: August 2010
Grades: K to three (growing to K to four)
Number of Students in 2012-13: 334
Student Demographics in 2011-12:
52% Boys, 48% Girls
98% African American or Hispanic
81% Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
Achievement First Apollo Elementary places a large emphasis on every student graduating from college. In addition to students' daily classroom discussions about college, each year culminates in a trip to a university for a firsthand college experience. The path to college at Achievement First Apollo is a combined emphasis on literacy and character education. Students spend three hours per day on focused literacy instruction, and each week begins with a character education assembly that is then incorporated into lessons taught throughout the week. After-school and intervention programs focus on giving students individualized attention and pushing them to excel. Achievement First Apollo is able to meet and exceed the established academic and character goals due to strong parent engagement with an average of 15-20 volunteer hours per parent.
Jabari Sims is the founding principal of Achievement First Apollo Elementary School. Mr. Sims joined Achievement First in 2007 as a third-grade teacher at Achievement First East New York Elementary School. During this time, Mr. Sims also served as the grade team chairperson and a Leadership Fellow. Mr. Sims next served as the third-grade dean of academics and culture and as a principal-in-residence at Achievement First Bushwick Elementary School. Prior to joining Achievement First, Mr. Sims was a Teach For America corps member and taught third and fourth grades for three years in Houston, Texas. Fueled by his desire to broaden his instructional expertise, Mr. Sims then moved to New York as a program director with Teach For America, supporting kindergarten to eighth-grade teachers for two years. Following his time with Teach For America, Mr. Sims taught fourth grade at Grand Concourse Academy in the Bronx, New York, where he led his students to the highest test results in the city. Mr. Sims is originally from Louisiana and a graduate of Dillard University. He recently completed his M.Ed. in education administration at National Louis University.