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 2021-22: 511
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Friday
Enrichment: Dance, Fitness, Music, Speech & Debate
Extracurricular Programs: Basketball, Cheerleading, Soccer, Flag Football, Volleyball, Track, Step Team, Dance Team, Anime Club, GSA, Poetry Club, Speech and Debate, Band, Caribbean Student Association, The Curly Code

“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.


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 Leader

  • Dumar Paden

    Dumar Paden

    Dumar Paden is the principal of Achievement First Brooklyn High School. Prior to this role, he served as Principal-in-Residence and academic dean at AF Brooklyn High. Mr. Paden’s impact has been felt across multiple Achievement First campuses over his tenure. He began his career at Achievement First as an academic dean at AF University Prep High. He later directed AF’s New York high school joint summer academy for two summers and designed & facilitated high school-specific summer training sessions for all new teachers. Before arriving at AF, he served as the director of college & career readiness at New Dawn Charter School. Mr. Paden also served as a program coordinator/counselor at CAMBA, where he oversaw a variety of college and career readiness programming and taught college composition at the Wingate High School Educational Campus. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University at Albany (SUNY), and a master’s in organizational leadership from Grand Canyon University. A Brooklyn native, Mr. Paden remains committed to providing a high school experience that builds scholars’ academic skill along with preparing them to excel in college and future career pathways.

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