790 East New York Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Opened: August 2005
Grades: K to four
Number of Students in 2012-13: 408
Student Demographics in 2011-12:
50% Boys, 50% Girls
100% African American or Hispanic
75% Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
Achievement First Crown Heights Elementary opened in Brooklyn in 2005 as one of the first two Achievement First schools in New York City. The elementary program has a special school culture that pairs fun incentive programs with a thoughtful emphasis on diversity, conflict resolution and personal enrichment. Students can earn “paw prints” (the school’s mascot is the cougar) and redeem them for special events and activities. In addition, a public scoreboard tracks weekly homework completion and attendance rates for each class, and winning classes are treated to a celebratory party. To learn the school's REACH values (Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship and Hard Work), students read stories, role play, sing songs and create artwork related to each core value. At the end of each month, the school gathers to celebrate what they have learned and to reward students who exemplify REACH.
Camilla Lopez is the principal at Achievement First Crown Heights Elementary School. Ms. Lopez grew up in Taos, New Mexico, and graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in film and sociology. Following graduation, she entered the NYC Teaching Fellows Program and earned her master's degree in education from Fordham University. Ms. Lopez spent her first years as a teacher working in the New York City public school system. In 2005, she joined the Achievement First Crown Heights Elementary team as a founding first-grade teacher. She went on to teach second grade and serve as academic dean for three years. In her 10 years as an educator, Ms. Lopez has taught first through fifth grades and is deeply committed to the work of Achievement First in Crown Heights.