1485 Pacific Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Achievement First Brooklyn High School is a public charter high school in Brooklyn, NY, which shares best practices with Achievement First Amistad High School, the first high school in the Achievement First network of high-performing public charter schools located in New Haven, CT. One of the best lessons learned from Achievement First Amistad High School, which opened in 2006, is the need for urban high schools explicitly committed to closing the achievement gap. Achievement First Brooklyn High School will ensure that students receive the consistent academic rigor and character development they need to complete the path to college. For more information, please visit our high school page.
Opened: August 2009
Grades: Nine to 12
School Type: Public charter
School Year: Three trimesters
Number of Students in 2012-13: 296
Student Demographics in 2011-12:
39% Boys, 61% Girls
98% African American or Hispanic
72% Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
Average Daily Attendance: 98%
Graduation Rate: n/a (inaugural 12th graders to graduate in June 2013)
Achievement First Brooklyn High School is based on an innovative premise: closing the achievement gap by providing a prep-school quality education to inner-city students. Achievement First Brooklyn High School combines rigorous academics and high expectations with a host of supports, including SAT prep, intensive college counseling, tutoring, explicit character education and a school culture in which it is “cool” to be smart. Key facets of the Achievement First Brooklyn High School program include:
Achievement First Brooklyn High School is a public charter school open to graduates of Achievement First middle schools. Students are admitted to Achievement First's middle schools by a blind lottery. There are no admission requirements, tests or interviews, and there are no admission or tuition fees for students of our elementary schools, middle schools or high school. We serve special education students, English Language Learners, talented and gifted students and everyone else who comes through the lottery to our schools.
Paul Adler is the founding principal of Achievement First Brooklyn High School. In this capacity, Mr. Adler is responsible for assembling a top-notch teaching team, planning and implementing school culture systems and designing curriculum. Before joining Achievement First, Mr. Adler was a founding mathematics teacher and the assistant principal at Brooklyn Preparatory High School, a small public school located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In collaboration with his fellow math teachers, Mr. Adler helped increase student passing rates on the algebra portion of the New York State Regents exam from 23 percent to 80 percent. Mr. Adler also coached the basketball team, which earned a semifinal appearance in its second year in the Police Athletic League. Mr. Adler earned a B.A. in quantitative economics from Tufts University. He received his M.A. in teaching from Harvard University and an M.Ed. in organizational leadership from Columbia University.