1300 Greene Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Opened: September 2007
Grades: Five to eight
Number of Students in 2016-17: 382
At Achievement First Bushwick Middle, teachers strive to build student buy-in, nurture close partnerships with students and parents. Like other Achievement First middle schools in New York, Achievement First Bushwick Middle students have 90 minutes of math instruction and more than two hours of reading instruction every day. The school also offers students the opportunity to perform in a traveling orchestra, which made its Manhattan debut as part of the Vision Jazz Festival. Achievement First Bushwick Middle finds creative ways to recognize and reward achievement. Students participate in Scholar Dollar auctions in which all items are focused on “quality time” with teachers. 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.
Riley Bauling is the principal of Achievement First Bushwick Middle School. Mr. Bauling has been with the school since 2010, previously holding positions as an academic dean and teacher. Prior to teaching and leading at AF Bushwick, he worked as an education consultant helping design evaluations to determine program effectiveness for organizations like Teach For America and The After-School Corporation. Before coming to New York, Mr. Bauling ran literacy tutoring programs in Washington State and worked as a journalist and policy analyst in Albuquerque, N.M. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico and holds master’s degrees in public finance from New York University and education from Hunter College.
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