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 Leaders

  • 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.

    AF Bushwick 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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