Achievement First
East New York
Middle School

158 Richmond Street
Brooklyn, NY 11208


Our school is near the J train (Norwood Ave.) & B13 bus line stop.

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
Number of Students in 2022-23: 251
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Friday
Enrichment: Physical Education, Fine Arts, Music, Boxing, Photography
Extracurriculars: Soccer, Student Council, Young Men’s and Young Women’s Leadership Program, Afterschool Allstars

“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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