301 Vermont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Opened: August 2014
Grades: Five to seven (growing to five to eight)
Number of Students in 2016-17: 285
Achievement First Apollo Middle is grounded in the belief that we must equip all students with the academic and character skills necessary to graduate from top colleges and universities. We push our students to be their best possible selves while engaging in a rigorous academic program where they learn to question, analyze, debate and think critically. We believe in holding our students to high expectations and relentlessly pursuing excellence. Our joyful learning environment instills a positive peer culture where all students are valued and respected. We explicitly teach and reinforce character through our SCHOLAR values: self-control, community, hard work, optimism, leadership, active engagement and responsibility. We value the support of our families and see them as crucial partners in helping our students climb the mountain to college.
Michael Hendricks is the founding principal of AF Apollo Middle. He joined AF Apollo Middle after serving as a Principal-In-Residence and Dean of Students at AF Endeavor Middle. Prior to AF, Mr. Hendricks was the Founding Assistant Principal and Director of School Culture for East Harlem Scholars Academy. As a classroom teacher, Mr. Hendricks taught high school Social Studies and Spanish at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington D.C. Mr. Hendricks earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a master's in teaching from American University, and a master's in school leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Mr. Hendricks is proud of his team’s commitment to hard work and growth mindset. This past year, scholars had a 17 point increase in math achievement and a 21 point increase in ELA achievement on the New York State Test.