Achievement First
Brooklyn High School

1485 Pacific Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216


Our school is near the Kingston-Throop stop off the C train, and the B43, B15, and B65 buses.



Opened: August 2009
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Friday
Enrichment: Art, Computer Science, Dance, Journalism, Music
Extracurriculars: Basketball, Cheerleading, Soccer, Flag Football, Volleyball, Track, Lethal Steppers, Soul Fusion Dance, Anime Club, GSA, Poetry Club, Speech and Debate, Pulse Band, Caribbean Student Association, Brothers in Leadership, Choir

“Lead with Love. Champion Excellence. Choose Solidarity.”

About Achievement First Brooklyn High School

Achievement First Brooklyn High School is a public charter school located in Brooklyn, NY within the Crown Heights neighborhood. Serving students in 9th through 12th grade, we are focused on an important goal: 100% of students getting accepted into four-year colleges and universities.


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. We are committed to helping students build a foundation and prepare them for higher education where they can continue to grow and bloom into productive members of society.

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 (including speech & debate). Our support extends beyond high school graduation, with high school counselors working closely with our alumni as they attend colleges including SUNY schools, CUNY schools, Syracuse University, Stanford University, Williams College, St. John’s University, Howard University, and many more. Read more in our brochure, in our college profile, or on our internal website.

School Leaders

  • Damen Scott

    Damen Scott

    Damen Scott, the principal of AF Brooklyn High School, has been an educator for more than 10 years. Eight of those have been as a member of the AF Brooklyn High community. Before becoming principal, Damen held various positions within Achievement First and Brooklyn High School including Talent Partner, Distinguished Teacher, Grade-level Chairperson, and Dean of School Culture. Damen returns to AF Brooklyn High year after year because of his deep belief in honoring students and staff for who they are and his commitment to strong family partnerships. This work brings Damen joy and he is excited to continue to lead his school community.

    Prior to joining Achievement First, Damen was a Teach for America corps member in Miami, Fl where he taught high school English Language Arts. Outside of school, Damen is an Associate Board Member for Breakthrough New York and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Morehouse College and a master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University.


    AF Empower Program

    The Empower Program is currently housed at the AF Bushwick Elementary, AF Bushwick Middle, and AF Brooklyn High School. The purpose of the Empower Program is to ensure that the <1% of students with disabilities in our school communities who have more significant and complex needs have the support they need to achieve their most ambitious individual academic goals, and, ultimately, complete high school with a clear pathway for financial security, personal fulfillment and a choice-filled life. This means that Empower students have access to all of the programming, services and supports that are available to all students. The ways in which an individual student engages with, or participates in, supports and services is determined on an individual basis. Empower students have been identified and selected for this program because they have complex and significant needs. To ensure that we are systematically and intentionally meeting their needs, Empower students receive an additional layer of specialized services that are supplemental to the core program. Empower is a STUDENT-CENTERED EXPERIENCE, with specialized instruction and increased collaboration and communication as a core part of the program model K-12.

  • Nick Kaiser

    The AF Brooklyn High School Team is thrilled to announce Nick Kaiser as the new Director of the Empower Program. Nick has dedicated his career to special education from being a special education teacher to a Dean of Special Services. Nick has participated in the national advanced leader program for special education leadership. He has almost 8 years of special services experience at Achievement First – he has held a range of roles at Brooklyn High School starting as a Teacher in Residence and then moving into the teacher, coordinator, and dean roles. Nick has a strong track record of results in reading intervention data, family and district partnerships, and authentic compliance. He has forged relationships with strategic partners, including Bridges to Work and ACCESS-VR, to support students’ post-secondary goals.

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