790 East New York Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Opened: August 2005
Grades: Five to eight
Number of Students in 2012-13: 324
Student Demographics in 2011-12:
45% Boys, 55% Girls
100% African American or Hispanic
75% Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
Achievement First Crown Heights Middle School opened in Brooklyn in 2005 as one of the first two Achievement First schools in New York City. Achievement First Crown Heights Middle School balances fun and excitement with discipline, reflection and focus. Scholars earn prep points for completing their homework, for being on time to school in complete uniform and in many other ways. They can redeem their prep points at the "Prep Points Store" for fun school supplies, college paraphernalia and healthy snacks. Character development is paramount at Achievement First Crown Heights Middle School. An explicit ethics curriculum taught by homeroom teachers once a week supplements the daily reinforcement of our five core virtues: Courage, Compassion, Perseverance, Integrity and Respect. The school's strict discipline system holds scholars accountable, and enables a safe and productive learning environment. A daily recess program allows scholars a chance to sign up for numerous athletic, creative and academic activities, and is supplemented by numerous after-school activities. Achievement First Crown Heights Middle School’s outstanding teachers use rigorous and thoughtful instruction to prepare our scholars to succeed in high school, college and beyond.
Gillette Eckler is the principal of Achievement First Crown Heights Middle School. Prior to serving as principal, Ms. Eckler worked as a teacher and an academic dean at Achievement First Crown Heights Middle School. Before joining Achievement First, Ms. Eckler worked at Teach For America and served as a teacher at P.S. 335 Granville T. Woods in Brooklyn. Ms. Eckler graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and earned both an M.S. in teaching and a TARA Advanced Certificate in autism and severe disabilities from Pace University.