Thirty New Haven community members work together to develop a charter school. State evaluators rank our application for Amistad Academy as #1, and the State Board of Education grants us a five year charter. But we are told the school can’t open because there is no funding for new charter schools. We don’t give up.
The Park City calls, and AF answers! We expand to Bridgeport with the support of our current Board Chair, Andy Boas. With the opening of AF Bridgeport Academy Middle, we grow to six schools in Connecticut and six in New York. In New York, AF Crown Heights and AF East New York receive all A’s on NYC’s progress report. Both schools rank in the top 4% of all NYC schools, and AF East New York is the fourth-highest performing school in NYC.
With the Residency Program for School Leadership, AF commits to increasing our impact by sharing what we have learned with other schools. Our partnership work expands into what is now known as AF Accelerate.
After a smaller pilot in 2015, we launch our Greenfield program at Elm City College Prep to increase student independence, investment, and choice. AF announces a commitment to being fully open source and is the first, large CMO to make all of our curriculum materials accessible via our website.
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