158 Richmond Street
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Opened: September 2009
Grades: Five to eight
Number of Students in 2012-13: 304
Student Demographics in 2011-12:
47% Boys, 53% Girls
100% African American or Hispanic
76% Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
Achievement First East New York Middle School is a community of students who are kind, enthusiastic and young at heart, but firm in their belief that they can achieve anything. The school strives to develop students who reach for excellence by thinking critically, listening, learning and articulating opinions with respect and humility. Each month, students have the opportunity to attend exciting events as a result of demonstrating outstanding character and academic achievement. Students may also earn the honor of serving on the Principal Advisory Committee (PAC). Students elected to the PAC meet weekly with members of the school leadership team to discuss improving the school culturally and academically.
Fatimah Barker is the principal of Achievement First East New York Middle School. Ms. Barker is the first person in her family to graduate from college and has seen first-hand the power of education to transform the lives of individuals, families and communities. A proud Brooklyn native, Ms. Barker began her career in education as a seventh-grade mathematics and science teacher in Philadelphia, Pa. She joined Achievement First Endeavor Middle School as a teacher, gradually adding the responsibilities of grade-level team leader and mathematics coach. Ms. Barker then became AF Endeavor Middle School’s academic dean and served as a principal-in-residence. She holds a dual B.A. in political science and in communications and rhetorical studies from Syracuse University.