Bushwick Elementary School
125 Covert Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Our school is near the J train (Halsey St.), L train (Wilson Ave.) and the B20, B26, and B60 buses.
Bus transportation is provided to all students from .5 miles to 5 miles. Families may also utilize a paid van service or request MetroCards to be used weekdays before and after school.Phone Fax
Opened: September 2006
Number of Students in 2021-22: 484
Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 2:55 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 7:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Friday
Enrichment: Art, Music, Physical Education
Extracurricular Programs: Art club, African Drumming, Basketball, Capoeira, Chorus, Drama Club, Step Team, Track Team, Piano, Yoga
“Home of the Bushwick Bobcats”
Courtney Saretzky is the principal of Achievement First Bushwick Elementary School. She joined Achievement First in 2010 and most recently served as Achievement First Bushwick Elementary’s dean of special services, where she created and led the school’s special services program. Achievement First Bushwick Elementary proudly serves the largest population of students with disabilities in the AF elementary cohort and was recognized by the NYCDOE as one of only eight city schools with high needs populations that excels at preparing scholars for college. Prior to joining Achievement First, Mrs. Saretzky was a Teach For America corps member and taught for four years at a public school in Brooklyn, NY. She was raised in Virginia and double majored in English and psychology at the College of William and Mary. Mrs. Saretzky earned her master’s degree in teaching and a certificate of advanced graduate studies in autism and multiple severe disabilities from Pace University.
AF Bushwick Empower Program
AF Bushwick Elementary is home to the AF Bushwick Empower Program – Achievement First’s intensive program serving students with disabilities. The Empower Program’s design builds on the three pillars of our special services program: meaningful inclusion, intervention and specialized instruction to access grade-level curriculum. As a small-scale program than begain in 2017-18, it serves students in grades 1-4 from Achievement First Brooklyn elementary schools. The program is transitional in nature, with the ultimate goal for many students to have a thoughtfully planned and supported transition back to co-taught and general education classrooms at their original Achievement First school.
Jessica Ziegler is the director of the Empower Elementary School Program at Achievement First Bushwick Elementary School. Prior to this role, Jessica served as the dean of special services at Achievement First Endeavor Elementary School and Achievement First Apollo Elementary and was a Stage 4 Distinguished Teacher. Before joining Achievement First, Jessica taught in Spain and Connecticut and served a range of grades and scholars. She earned her bachelor’s degree in religious studies and African studies from St. Lawrence University, and she holds her master’s degree in education from Manhattanville College.