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Achievement First Overview

Brooklyn, NY
1001 to 5000 employees
2005
School / School District
K-12 Education
$1 to $5 million (USD) per year
Achievement First is a growing network of non-profit, high-performing K to 12 public charter schools in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. We are committed to helping our students succeed at every grade level and earn a college degree. Our students regularly outperform ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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  • At Achievement First, we're providing a high quality education to our students, and to achieve that we set high standards for our teachers. The kinds of educators we're looking for are: --Committed to our mission and our values, particularly as they relate to fostering success for our students of color and low-income students --Understanding of and aligned with our curriculum and approach to the classroom --Placing value on challenging students to do their best and committed to supporting students through that challenge --Seeking to keep improving their performance as a teacher and receiving the support and input necessary to accomplish this --Able to use strong organizational systems that drive their work inside and outside the classroom If this sounds like you, consider interviewing to join our team!

  • AF is recognizing our students of the year! Let's start off with a congratulations for Quinton from AF Hartford High! Quinton is a lead performer in the theater arts department, a mentor through National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), and a volunteer at a local church. Quinton has a positivity that naturally radiates from him. He is known for being a powerhouse on the stage, performing at every school event—from delivering soliloquies at our Achievement Ceremonies to acting at our Black History Month celebration. Through NCCJ, Quinton has done incredible work with engaging his peers, pushing limits on conventional beliefs, and challenging stereotypes in order to foster a more inclusive school community. Quinton is excited to study theatre arts and religious studies at Eastern Connecticut State University in the fall.⁣ ⁣ For these reasons and more, we've named Quinton our Performer of the Year! Congratulations! 🎉 🎓 Follow Hartford High School on Instagram: @afhhs_royals and watch as the rest of the series unfolds on the AF Instagram: @achievement1st

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Achievement First – Why Work With Us?


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.

 

History:

In 1998, a student teacher struggled to teach the book Johnny Tremain in a middle school classroom where most of the kids were reading three years below grade level. Her mentor teacher suggested she show them the movie. Instead, she founded her own school.

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.

Meet Mycah, Sonali  and Kaylani, current Achievement First Teachers, to get a glimpse into life at AF.


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. 

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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.

 At Achievement First, we're providing a high quality education to our students, and to achieve that we set high standards for our teachers. The kinds of educators we're looking for are:
 
  • Committed to our mission and our values, particularly as they relate to fostering success for our students of color and low-income students
  • Understanding of and aligned with our curriculum and approach to the classroom
  • Placing value on challenging students to do their best and committed to supporting students through that challenge
  • Seeking to keep improving their performance as a teacher and receiving the support and input necessary to accomplish this
  • Able to use strong organizational systems that drive their work inside and outside the classroom

If this sounds like you, consider interviewing to join our team!

Achievement First Reviews

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    I have been working at Achievement First full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Collective effort in all we do- we have values and a mission statement as an organization that very much drives our work. It helps keep everyone aligned and focused on what is most important and allows teachers to really feel like they are working together instead of feeling isolated.
    - As compared to other schools/networks- we truly are given the tools we need to support our students- it's so helpful to not have to worry about the little things (supplies, technology, etc.)
    - AF has really shifted towards focusing on sustainability within the organization- they are making serious changes to support teachers who want to work here for an extended period of time and I feel that the leadership is truly listening!

    Cons

    - Regardless of your experience there is a steep learning curve getting accustomed to all of our systems and processes and for some teachers stepping in this can feel really overwhelming at first.
    - As an experienced teacher there are moments where I wish I had more control of content/structure of the day etc.- I think this is one of the tradeoffs we make for having so much curriculum be provided etc. - but it is important to note!

    Advice to Management

    Continuing to listen to your teachers - I think this is one of our greatest strengths and I know that it really helps everyone to feel seen and heard which is so essential; both as employees and human beings.

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Achievement First Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Achievement First.

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    They do a really great job by setting you up with a prep call before the finalist interview. Each call along the way is conducted by different staff members and a great chance to hear all of their thoughts about AF. Definitely recommend doing the research to make sure you’re the right fit! Overall, I had a positive experience with the interview process.

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Achievement First Awards & Accolades

  • Finalist, The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, 2015
  • #1 in Connecticut High Schools, US News & World Report, 2017
  • National Blue Ribbon School, U.S. Department of Education, 2019
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Pledges & Certifications

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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