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About Achievement First Bushwick Elementary School

125 Covert Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Phone: 347-471-2550 
Fax: 718-228-9540

Opened: September 2006
Grades: K to four
Number of Students in 2015-16: 468
Student Demographics in 2015-16:
54% Boys, 46% Girls
98% African American or Hispanic
90% Qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch


Achievement First Bushwick Elementary serves as one of largest Hispanic population in the Achievement First network. As a result, a substantial portion of the school’s leadership, operations and teaching staff is bilingual, and all materials sent home to parents are written in Spanish and English. The school celebrates the cultural heritage of students and families with a yearly multi-cultural showcase and potluck dinner. Like their cousins at other Achievement First elementary schools, Achievement First Bushwick Elementary students enjoy REACH Circle and a host of fun enrichment activities, including martial arts, drama club, dance club and chorus. The school has partnered with local arts organizations for lessons in music; the guitar club is funded through the Little Kids Rock Foundation and the Piano School provides lessons at a reduced rate. For two consecutive years, AF Bushwick scored in the top 15 percent of all city schools on the New York City Department of Education Progress Reports. In 2013, the NYC DOE highlighted AF Bushwick as one of eight city schools with high-needs populations that excel at preparing students for college and careers. AF Bushwick earned special credit for closing the achievement gap and making outstanding gains with students who have disabilities.

School Leader

Courtney Saretzky is the principal of Achievement First Bushwick Elementary School. She joined Achievement First in 2010 and most recently served as Achievement First Bushwick Elementary’s Dean of Special Services, where she created and led the school’s special services program. Achievement First Bushwick Elementary proudly serves the largest population of students with disabilities in the AF elementary cohort and was recognized by the NYCDOE as one of only eight city schools with high needs populations that excels at preparing scholars for college. Prior to joining Achievement First, Mrs. Saretzky was a Teach for America corps member and taught for four years at a public school in Brooklyn, NY. She was raised in Virginia and double majored in English and psychology at the College of William and Mary. Mrs. Saretzky earned a Masters in Teaching and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Autism and Multiple and Severe Disabilities from Pace University. 

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School Compliance and Reporting

2011-12 Charter School Annual Report

2012-13 Charter School Annual Report

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