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Achievement First Achievement First

Amazing things happen when potential meets opportunity.

That’s what we see inside our schools every day. Our students will be teachers, artists, business leaders, scientists, and senators. They’ll be anything they dream of. It’s our job to help them get there.

What we do:

  • We run high-quality, college-prep, K-12 public charter schools in New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford, Connecticut; Brooklyn and Queens, New York; and Providence, Rhode Island.
  • All of our students learn to read by the end of kindergarten. Beyond our strong academics, we also offer drama, music, physical education, art, and more.
  • We welcome ALL students including students with disabilities and English learners.
  • Our non-profit network of public schools accepts all students through blind lottery. There are never any admissions tests, interviews, or fees.

Click here to learn more about individual Achievement First schools.

Why Achievement First?

There are so many reasons why you should enroll your child at Achievement First. Here are our top three.

Why Choose Achievement First

Care & Community

Your child does best in a tight-knit, safe and welcoming community where everyone knows their name, and everyone is a team. Our teachers and leaders want every child to realize their full potential in our classrooms and beyond.


You want your child to excel. Our students regularly outscore the state and local proficiency averages. In some grades and subjects, they outperform students in the wealthiest communities in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

College Readiness

You want your child to go to a great high school and go on to college. Once your child is enrolled at AF, we are committed to them through high school graduation. Our high school students take an average of 5 Advanced Placement classes, and all of our graduates are accepted to college.