790 East New York Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Opened: August 2005
Grades: Five to eight
Number of Students in 2016-17: 375
Achievement First Crown Heights Middle opened in Brooklyn in 2005 as one of the first two Achievement First schools in New York City. Since that time, the school’s goal has been to place all students on a path toward college graduation. AF Crown Heights Middle believes that middle school is a critical time for the development of the strong academic and character skills students need to reach this goal. Teachers provide students with rigorous, exciting, joyful and Common Core-aligned instruction with a strong focus on foundational reading and math skills. Teachers also deliver highly intentional instruction around character development. Each day, students receive "scholar dollars" for attendance, completing assignments and showing strong character skills, which can be used to "purchase" items like Kindles from the scholar dollar store, celebrate through dances and pizza parties, and attend engaging end-of-year trips. AF Crown Heights Middle does everything possible to infuse our school with joy so that students develop a love of learning, growth and achievement.
Dymir Arthur is the principal of Achievement First Crown Heights Middle School. Prior to this role, Mr. Arthur served as the Academic Dean for Math and Science and the Dean of School Culture. Before joining Achievement First, he was the Director of Alumni Affairs for Teach For America New York, where he led the organization’s focus on Teacher Leadership and Diversity & Inclusiveness for more than 3,500 TFA alumni living and working in New York. Mr. Arthur began his career in education as a high school literature and special education teacher for The School District of Philadelphia. He earned his bachelor’s in history and political science from Rutgers University, and he holds a master’s degree in secondary education from Chestnut Hill College.
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