Achievement First
Amistad High School

580 Dixwell Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511


Transportation is provided. Our school is also accessible by New Haven public bus.





Opened: August 2006 (with ninth graders)
Grades: 9-12
Number of Students in 2018-19: 666
Hours: 7:25 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. Monday- Thursday; 7:25 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Friday

“Home of the Wolves”

Achievement First Amistad High is focused on an important goal: 100% of students will be accepted into four-year colleges and universities.

How do we get there? We combine challenging courses and high expectations. We also make sure our students have access to all of the support that their wealthy and private school peers receive. Our support includes SAT prep, intensive college counseling and tutoring. Our classes help our students grow into leaders who not only listen to lessons, but also lead discussions and exchange ideas. Here, our students also grow as athletes, volunteers, leaders, and citizens of the world.  We are proud of our school’s strong extracurricular, varsity athletic and arts programs. And, we’re proud that our support extends beyond high school graduation.

High school counselors work closely with our alumni as they attend colleges including University of Connecticut, Yale University, Wesleyan University, Central Connecticut State University, Stanford University, Howard University, University of Pennsylvania and many more. Learn more in our brochure or our college profile.

School Leader

  • Emery Sykes

    Emery Sykes

    Emery Sykes is the interim principal of Achievement First Amistad High School. She began her career at AF Amistad High as the founding college counselor in 2007. During her time as the director of college counseling, Ms. Sykes successfully designed and implemented the school’s college application process and supported four senior classes in securing 100% college acceptance. Ms. Sykes then served as the dean of college services, where she supported a team of seven professionals who ensured that scholars were appropriately prepared to go to and through college. Ms. Sykes earned a bachelor’s degree in human development from Connecticut College.

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