510 Waverly Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Opened: September 2006
Grades: Five to eight
Number of Students in 2013-14: 350
Student Demographics in 2013-14:
49% Boys, 51% Girls
100% African American or Hispanic
TBD% Qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch
Achievement First Endeavor Middle School was recently ranked the fourth best K to eight school in all of New York City (out of nearly 1,100 schools!) on the NYC DOE Progress Reports. Character building is at the heart of the school’s teaching philosophy. Students participate in daily advisories that address peer interaction, conflict resolution and personal growth. Students are pushed out of their comfort zones and into situations that allow them to build confidence. For instance, sixth graders went camping and explored caves on last year’s end-of-year school trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Through the school’s Kindness Campaign, students are rewarded for acts of kindness with Mardi Gras beads. Achievement First Endeavor is proud of its team and clubs, especially the Rhythm and Funk Jazz Band and the boys’ basketball team, which won the NYC Charter School Athletic League Championship.
Tom Kaiser has served as the principal of Achievement First Endeavor Middle School since 2009. Before coming to Achievement First, Mr. Kaiser taught fifth grade as a Teach For America corps member in the Mississippi Delta. Mr. Kaiser made a major transition in 2006 when he moved from a small Mississippi town to Brooklyn, New York to become a founding teacher at Achievement First Endeavor Middle School. Prior to becoming the principal of Achievement First Endeavor Middle, Mr. Kaiser was an academic dean at Achievement First Endeavor for two years. Since becoming principal, Achievement First Endeavor Middle has transitioned from scoring in the 30th percentile to scoring in the 96th percentile of all New York City schools on the New York City Department of Education Report Card. Mr. Kaiser received his B.A. in history from George Washington University and his M.S. in educational leadership from National Louis University.
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