790 East New York Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Opened: August 2005
Grades: Five to eight
Number of Students in 2013-14: 342
Student Demographics in 2013-14:
46% Boys, 55% Girls
99% African American or Hispanic
78% Qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch
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.
Kevin Anderle, the principal of Achievement First Crown Heights Middle, was born in San Antonio, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin. After serving as a traditional public school teacher in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Anderle earned a master’s degree from Hunter College and served as a teacher trainer and recruiter for Teach For America. He joined Achievement First as a teacher and has also served as a grade team leader, an academic dean, and, most recently, a principal-in-residence at AF Endeavor Middle. Mr. Anderle is passionate about ensuring that every student receives joyous and rigorous instruction every single day, while developing the core character strengths that embody our school—gratitude, optimism, zest, integrity, social intelligence and self-control.
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