800 Van Siclen Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Opened: August 2014
Grades: K to three (growing to K to four)
Number of Students in 2016-17: 335
Achievement First Linden Elementary prepares students to one day graduate from college and serve as leaders in our communities, specifically in East New York. We believe this path to college starts from the first minute of kindergarten. In order to make the promise of college a reality, our instruction is aligned to a high academic bar, with over four hours of literacy instruction, nearly 90 minutes of math instruction, and additional social studies or science instruction each day. Through our LINDEN values—Love, Integrity, Never give up, Dream, Enthusiasm and No limits—we explicitly teach the character skills that students need to be successful. We integrate character instruction into our academic program so students see the connection between these values, working hard and academic success. Our school is a structured, joyous and rigorous place that inspires a love of learning within each of our students. We work closely with families and emphasize our targeted intervention programs to give students individualized attention that will enable them to excel in middle school, high school, college and beyond.
Amanda Hageman is the founding principal of Achievement First Linden Elementary. Ms. Hageman began her career in education after graduating with honors from American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and social studies education. She taught first grade at Roosevelt Elementary in the Houston Independent School District before spending several years working for Teach For America. At Teach For America, she trained and coached more than 200 new teachers and coaches working in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. Ms. Hageman completed her administrative residency with KIPP SHINE Prep, KIPP’s flagship elementary school in Houston, Texas. She served as the principal-in-residence at Achievement First Endeavor Elementary, where she bolstered the school’s academic performance and culture in kindergarten and throughout the school. Ms. Hageman earned her master’s degree in school leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.