Mission: The mission of Achievement First is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America's children. We believe that all children, regardless of race or economic status, can succeed if they have access to a great education. Achievement ...
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"Gun violence in any community is not OK. During our walkout a student spoke about growing up around violence, and about coming up and not doing the same thing. We want better. We deserve better. That’s true for every student, whatever they look like, wherever they live. We deserve to live free from gun violence. Enough is enough."
Read AF Amistad High sophomore Mahogany's powerful words in the New Haven Register.
The mission of Achievement First is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America's children. We believe that all children, regardless of race or economic status, can succeed if they have access to a great education. Achievement First schools provide all of our students with the academic and character skills they need to graduate from top colleges, to succeed in a competitive world and to serve as the next generation of leaders in our communities.
From that single excellent public charter school, Amistad Academy, our Achievement First network was born. Since the beginning, we have always known that gaps in academic performance that fall along racial and socioeconomic lines are caused by gaps in access and opportunity. And we know that every child deserves the great education they need to succeed.
When Amistad Academy opened in 1999, it served 84 New Haven fifth and sixth graders. Today, we serve 12,600 students in 34 schools in five cities across Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. All of our students come to us through blind lottery, and the majority are Black, Latino, and children from low-income families who will be the first in their families to graduate from college. Our students are proving that amazing things happen when potential meets opportunity.
Admission to a four-year college is a graduation requirement at AF high schools. Each year, 100% of our graduating seniors gain admission to four-year colleges or universities. Beyond instilling students with a sense of what is possible through our powerful, college-going culture, our teaching staff and college counselors work to equip each and every student with the skills, self-knowledge and extensive preparation required to bridge the gap between the expectation of college and what it takes to make it a reality.
As our world changes at a stunning pace, our students will need to master skills for careers that we can’t yet dream of.
So, we looked all over the country, at best practices from top schools including our own Achievement First network, at the latest in cognitive science and more. And we built a program where students can determine their own passions, have agency over their own learning, and chart their own futures.
I have been working at Achievement First full-time (More than 5 years)
I'm finishing my fifth year at an Achievement First Middle School. I came to AF after mixed results teaching in a district ran school and a different charter school. My first year at AF was powerful--because of the systems at my school, I was able to get closer to my goal of providing every student with an excellent education. Previously, I was able to serve kids that were invested in school, but I struggled to reach kids that seemed uninterested and/or misbehaved consistently. I realized, though, that it wasn't the systems themselves that helped me, but the team of teachers I worked with that prioritized our collective vision rather than their individual classrooms. I recently attended the "high school senior signing day" for the 8th graders I taught five years ago and it was extremely rewarding to learn which colleges they would be attending in the fall: UPENN, Carleton, Colombia, Lafayette, Skidmore, etc. I believe AF is truly expanding the life opportunities for almost every student in our schools and am proud to be part of this team.
On a more personal note, I feel like my coach at AF has helped me significantly improve each year. I feel fortunate to have a job where I am improving each day.
I love this work and it has become all consuming at times. I regularly put in much more than 60 hour work weeks. There have been times where the amount of work I have on my plate has been stressful and I have struggled to give my family the time I want to give them. Another significant stress agent is the irregular schedules my school frequently has. Our days are long, 7:15-4:15, and irregular schedules for events such as interim assessments can lead to me having fewer much cherished preparation blocks.
Advice to Management
I think we should shorten the school day to make this job more sustainable.
I think we should build in more extracurricular activities to help develop the whole child. We're doing a good job academically preparing kids for the rigors of high school and college, but I'd like to see us do more developing students interests and hobbies beyond the classroom. This could also increase investment in our schools.
I applied online. I interviewed at Achievement First (New Haven, CT).
First I applied with my resume, references, and some some short essay questions. I received a response back with an invitation to set a time for a phone interview. The phone interview was approximately 30 minutes and my recruiter, while very professional, was very pleasant, which eased my nerves. We went into my background, my goals, and why I chose to apply to AF. I was told I would hear back within 72 hours. I was then invited to go to the school location and have a tour, give a demo class, and interview with the principal. I was emailed some specifics for my demo class. Also, the day before, I had another 30 minutes on the phone with my recruiter to answer any questions and receive some additional coaching on what was expected of me and what I could expect the following day. The tour, demo and interview were what I expected. I spent some time observing prior to the demo and interviewed with the principal at the end for about 30-45 minutes. Again, I was told I would hear back within 72 hrs, which I did!