Achievement First
Bushwick Middle School

1300 Greene Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237


Our school is near the L/M train (Myrtle-Wyckoff Aves), and the B54/B60 bus routes as well.

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.





Opened: September 2007
Grades: 5-8
Hours: 7:40 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 7:40 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Friday
Enrichment: Art, Dance, Music, Theater
Extracurriculars: Art, Basketball, Football, Music, Robotics/Engineering, Volleyball

“High School. College. Change the World.”

About Achievement First Bushwick Middle School

Achievement First Bushwick Middle School is a public charter school located in Brooklyn, NY within the Bushwick neighborhood. Serving students in 5th through 8th grade, we provide a safe, enriching environment for students to learn, grow, and succeed. Our teachers instill a passion for learning and education, building a foundation of success for the many years to come.

AF Bushwick is a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School! Watch our video to learn more.

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.

School Leaders

  • Samantha Jones

    Samantha Jones is the principal of Achievement First Bushwick Middle School for the 23-24 academic year.

  • Em Slezak

    Em Slezak is the new Director of the Empower MS Program. Em is coming from Los Angeles where she worked for the regional special education and instructional team at Citizens of the World Charter network. Prior to Los Angeles, Em worked at AF Endeavor Middle School. Throughout her eight years as an Endeavor Charger, she was a 5th grade learning specialist, dean of special services, dean of student experience and PIR. See Em’s introduction, below! 


    After a short detour to Los Angeles, I am incredibly excited to reunite with the Achievement First community and join the Bushwick Middle School team as the Director of Empower! Together we will continue to deliver on the promise that All Means All for students and caregivers within the Achievement First network and propel the larger conversation around special education in charter schools for our city, state and nation. I cannot wait to connect with you all in the coming months!

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