Sara’s son, Xavier, was learning from great teachers at his traditional public school until he hit fourth grade, when his teacher seemed disengaged and Sara noticed he was given the same homework assignment on four occasions. His classroom was chaotic and Sara felt like the year ended with her son not making any real academic progress. She knew Xavier needed a change, so she entered him in the lottery for AF Hartford Academy Middle.

At Achievement First, Sara knows she has found a true learning environment where teachers push Xavier to do his best. Her son, once a reluctant and struggling reader, is now a sixth grader who is enthusiastic about reading, thanks in part to the help of his teacher who volunteered to tutor him on Saturdays. At first he resisted the structure of the Achievement First school day, but now he loves his school and performs with the drumline and plays on the basketball team.

Favorite aspect of Achievement First: “I love the structure and the strong curriculum, which is a perfect fit for my son. The celebratory school culture drives him to do well, and the focus is always on learning.”

Proudest moment at Achievement First: “I was proud when Xavier received high honors for the first time last semester. He had never received such high marks before, and he was tremendously excited. It was a great confidence booster.”

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