1300 Greene Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Opened: September 2007
Grades: Five to eight
Number of Students in 2013-14: 374
Student Demographics in 2013-14:
51% Boys, 49% Girls
99% African American or Hispanic
87% Qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch
At Achievement First Bushwick Middle, teachers strive to build student buy-in, nurture close partnerships with students and parents, and make sure that expectations set at school are upheld at home. 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. Students can serve as representatives on the Principal Advisory Board, a group of students that oversees and rules on “cases” in which students are close to meeting homework and behavior/character goals but have not made the cut-off for the end-of-the-year trip. 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.
Mike Rosskamm is the principal of Achievement First Bushwick Middle School. Mr. Rosskamm joined Achievement First in 2011 as a Broad Resident in the role of senior director of strategic initiatives on Achievement First’s Team Teaching and Learning. In that role, he oversaw special education and digital learning across all schools in the Achievement First network. Prior to joining Achievement First, Mr. Rosskamm was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Chicago, where he focused on education cases. There, he worked with the Hillsborough Country School District to submit and eventually win a $100 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, allowing the district to update and improve its approach to teacher effectiveness. Mr. Rosskamm has also served as a high school math teacher in New York City. He earned a B.S.E. with honors from Princeton University and an M.B.A from Northwestern University where he was a Siebel Scholar.
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