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
Number of Students in 2018-19: 426
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 2:55 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 7:30 a.m. – 3:50 p.m. Tuesday;  7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Friday

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

Achievement First Brooklyn 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 (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 parent portal.

School Leader

  • Cristina López del Castillo-De La Cruz

    Cristina López del Castillo-De La Cruz

    Cristina López del Castillo-De La Cruz is the principal of Achievement First Brooklyn High School. Prior to becoming principal, Mrs. López del Castillo-De La Cruz was a principal-in-residence while teaching A.P Physics. Before this, she was a dean of students and physics teacher. She joined AF after teaching in the Bronx. Mrs. López del Castillo-De La Cruz holds a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in education from Lehman College.

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