2021 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11233
Opened: August 2012
Grades: Five to six (growing to five to eight)
Number of Students in 2013-14: 183
Student Demographics in 2013-14:
46% Boys, 54% Girls
100% African American or Hispanic
80% Qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch
Achievement First’s newest middle school, Achievement First Brownsville Middle, is committed to providing an excellent education in an environment full of both rigor and joy. As with all Achievement First middle schools, students at Achievement First Brownsville Middle look forward to field lessons, scholar dollar incentives, and college trips—a critical component of the college-focused curriculum. Achievement First Brownsville Middle is also taking the lead in a number of new initiatives, including a full-scale computer lab for digital learning and a library with scanner checkout system. Students, teachers and parents gather each Friday for Community Circles, which celebrate important achievements in academics and character development, while also identifying challenges to overcome. AF Brownsville received an A on the 2012-13 New York City Department of Education Progress Reports. AF Brownsville made higher-than-average gains in math and ELA.
Keith Brooks is the founding principal of Achievement First Brownsville Middle School. Most recently, he served as the dean of academic culture at Achievement First East New York Middle School. Before coming to Achievement First, Mr. Brooks was an assistant principal of a kindergarten-through-sixth-grade school in Miami-Dade County. He previously led the math and science program and served as the data analyst at Dr. Henry W. Mack/West Little River K-8 Center in Miami, Florida. Mr. Brooks has also worked as a fifth-grade teacher at Holmes Elementary School in Miami-Dade County and trained new teachers as a school director with Teach For America. Mr. Brooks earned a B.A. in philosophy and religion at Colgate University and attended a master’s program in educational leadership at Nova Southeastern University.
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