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Achievement First Overview

Brooklyn, NY
1001 to 5000 employees
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

Company Updates

  • Step 1: Refer an awesome STEM, ELA, or language teacher any time this month. Step 2: Root for that teacher to get hired for a math or science position at AF in July. Step 3: If Step 2 happens, you could be eligible to win $2,000! Submit your referrals today!

  • We have good news from Rhode Island! In their first year of testing, Achievement First Iluminar Mayoral Academy was ranked the #1 school in the entire state in both ELA and math. Our friends at Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy posted strong results as well—fourth-graders topped the state average in math by a whopping 34% points, and in ELA, fifth-graders outscored their peers in wealthy benchmark districts! Check out this chart—AF Rhode Island stands out among all the districts in the state and serves as a powerful proof point of what’s possible.

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Achievement First – Why Work For 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.

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.

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    "Rewarding but not without Challenges"

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
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    Working at Achievement First has been one of the best career choices I have made. It's important for me to be at a place where I can make an impact everyday, there are always opportunities to learn and grow and EVERYONE has a vast amount of knowledge. I am finishing up my first year as a classroom teacher and it has been amazing to see the great things my kids have learned so far. Seeing students fall in love with reading, math and writing just to name a few is such a beautiful experience. Academically AF sets the bar high to ensure instruction will challenge students and set them up for success.


    Balance. Finding a balance between work and your personal life can be challenging. With a career as a teacher it's very easy to take your work home, and eventually it can lead to a extremely long day. That is one of my biggest challenges finding the balance in it all. Sometimes your day can be filled with meetings so your preps will be sacrificed and so forth.

    Advice to Management

    If a prep must be used please find an alternative plan so teachers can get their preps.

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Achievement First Interviews



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    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!

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    • I was asked to describe one episode from my past where I was told I needed to improve and how I handled it.   Answer Question
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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

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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