Keith Brooks, AF Brownsville Middle, Principal
For Keith, it’s all about Brownsville and the students who call it home. That includes his daughter, Mikayla. Keith has been the principal at AF Brownsville Middle for seven years, working at the intersection of great need and great passion—and being part of something way bigger than himself.
Gabriel, AF Providence Mayoral Academy Elementary, 2nd grade
When Gabriel and his twin brother, Enmanuel, started at Achievement First in first grade, they proudly spoke Spanish and were excited to learn English, too. Today, they’re bilingual and reading on grade level. We can’t wait to see what they’ll do tomorrow.
Gabrielle Thompson, AF Endeavor Elementary, Teacher
Gabrielle’s “why” is seeing kids realize that they love to learn. It’s why she’s been working in education for 14 years, and why she strives to give 100% for her students every day. It’s also one of the many reasons she was named a master teacher last year.
85% of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, given their families’ incomes—which has historically placed them on the wrong side of a large and vexing achievement gap. We are proud that our students and staff are powerfully demonstrating the potential of our kids and communities.
AF was 1 of 3 finalists for the 2018 Broad Prize, which is awarded to the top charter network in the country.
For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report named Amistad the #1 high school in Connecticut. For the first time, AF Hartford High was also eligible and ranked #3 in the state! These rankings reflect our strong SAT and AP performance, as well as college matriculation and persistence.
AF Bridgeport fourth-graders topped Connecticut’s wealthiest areas—including Darien, Wilton, and Fairfield—in both ELA and math. Their math performance was especially strong: only four districts in the entire state had higher scores!
AF Connecticut students grew more than their peers across the host districts, state, and affluent districts. Our elementary students outscored the state average in both ELA (by 11% points) and math (by 17% points).
Our students outperformed their peers from middle- and upper- income families by 13% points in math and 4% points in ELA—opening up a reverse achievement gap!
Since the arrival of the new Common Core standards in 2014-15, Achievement First has grown 34% points in ELA, 24% points in math, and 29% points overall—far outpacing the growth of the city and state.
AF students’ overall proficiency was double that of our host districts and exceeded state and city averages by more than 24% points.
In the first year of state testing for our newest school, Achievement First Iluminar Mayoral Academy was the #1 school in the entire state in both ELA (80% proficient) and in math (76% proficient), beating the wealthiest districts by double digits.
At Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy Elementary, our capstone students—fourth-graders—topped the state by a whopping 34% points in math.
In ELA, our Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy Middle students outscored the state by 25% points and their peers in wealthy benchmark districts by 7% points. Our students also outperformed the Rhode Island average by 23% points in math.
McKeila, AF Aspire Middle, 6th grade
For McKeila, being an AF Greenfield student means exploring modern dance, hip hop, and ballet. It means diving into Ancient Rome, Egyptian medicine, and world religions. And it means she knows she’ll one day become a doctor, dancer, chef, or anything else she dreams of.
Annette Armstrong, Hartford Grandmother
She’s in this fight because of her own granddaughter Arianna, and she’s in it for Arianna’s classmates too. To students at AF Hartford, she is “grandma” when they see her coaching the drill team, helping out at fundraisers, and advocating for all kids at the Capitol. And she won’t stop until all kids in Hartford have what they need.
Brianna, AF Amistad High ‘12, Central Connecticut State University ‘18
Growing up in New Haven, Brianna knew she wanted to give back by saving lives every day. That’s why she became a patient care associate when she was still in college, and it’s why she is a registered nurse at Yale-New Haven Hospital today.