Achievement First
East New York
Middle School

158 Richmond Street
Brooklyn, NY 11208


Our school is near the J and Z trains, and the B13 and B24 bus line stops.

Bus transportation is provided to eligible students who live at least 1 mile from the school and reside in Brooklyn. Scholars who live at least .5 miles from the school are eligible to receive a MetroCard.





Opened: September 2009
Grades: 5-8
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 3:50 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 7:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Friday
Enrichment: Coding, Fashion
Extracurriculars: After School All Stars (Afterschool Program), Flag Football, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Co-ed Soccer, Step Team, Student Council, Young Men’s Leadership Program, Young Women’s Leadership Program

“Excellence Lives Here”

About Achievement First East New York Middle School

Achievement First East New York Middle School is a public charter school located in Brooklyn, NY within the Cypress Hills neighborhood. Serving students in 5th through 8th grade, our focus is in providing educational and enriching opportunities to learn, grow, and succeed for middle school students. We are proud to provide a safe, enriching non-profit charter school option for families throughout the Brooklyn area.

School Leader

  • Shamel Duncan

    Shamel Duncan

    Shamel Duncan is the current principal at AF East New York Middle School. It is somewhat a full circle moment for him because he started his Achievement First career here, as a behavior specialist, in 2013.  Serving as principal of AF East New York Middle School is deeply connected to his personal why. Shamel also previously served as an Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Students. In 2019, he transitioned to a network role on Team Student Experience where he served as a Director on Team Student Experience and most recently, Senior Director of Student Experience. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant. At the age of 17, Shamel moved to Greenville, South Carolina where he completed his last year of high school. After graduating, Shamel enrolled in Morris College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Shamel began his career in education working at his alma mater – Boys and Girls High School. Shamel believes that “Life has meaning only if you do what is meaningful to you”.

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