Achievement First North Crown Heights Charter School

aka Achievement First Apollo Charter School   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  www.achievementfirst.org
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Mission

Achievement First's mission is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America's children.  AF believes that all children, regardless of race or economic status, can succeed if they have access to a great education. AF schools provide students with the academic and character skills they need to graduate from top colleges, succeed in a competitive world, and serve as the next generation of leaders of our communities.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Dacia Toll

Co Principal Officer

Doug McCurry

Main address

350 Linwood Street

Brooklyn, NY 11208 USA

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EIN

26-3478865

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Urban, Community (S31)

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K-4

Achievement First Apollo serves students in grades K-4 in the 2013-14 school year. The school will add a grade each year until it serves students in K - 12th grades.

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Providing an excellent, gap-closing education for our students
2. Growing to scale to offer our students a K-12 education
3. Strategic partnerships and inspiring district-wide reforms:

Current programs: Achievement First’s primary activity is providing a top-quality, college-preparatory educational program for our students. Our educational program features the following six core elements, which serve as the cornerstone of all Achievement First schools.

• Talent development: Achievement First firmly believes that the most important determinant of student achievement is teacher quality, and we invest heavily in the recruitment, development, recognition and retention of talented teachers. All new Achievement First teachers participate in nearly three weeks of professional development prior to the start of the school year, and we release early on Fridays to provide two hours of staff meeting and learning time. Every Achievement First teacher has a coach who meets with them at least once every two weeks to provide individual support.

• More time on task: The Achievement First school day is at least 1.5 hours longer and the school year two weeks longer than the traditional public school day and year. Tutoring is also available during and after school.

• Rigorous curriculum: Achievement First outlines the ambitious academic standards that all students are expected to master at each grade level, so that success in one grade can be seamlessly built on in the next. Teachers understand that “covering material” is not our goal; what is important is student mastery of essential knowledge and skills.

• Unwavering focus on student achievement: Achievement First is focused on completely closing the achievement gap for our students, and student performance is the chief factor in network, school, principal and teacher evaluations.

• Strategic use of data and interventions for struggling students: Every six weeks, Achievement First teachers give interim assessments (IAs) that measure student mastery of what has been taught. After each IA, teachers and school leaders spend a “Data Day” dedicated to reviewing the assessment data and together creating data-driven instructional plans that target whole class, small group and one-on-one instruction to address any gaps in student learning.

• Strong school culture: Immediately upon entering an Achievement First school, you can feel a sense of urgency, order, focus and joy. Key elements of Achievement First’s school culture include: a commitment to character education; a small learning community with teachers who know and care; high expectations and “sweating the small stuff;” an unwavering college focus and continuous exposure to college; parents as partners; and joyful recognitions and celebrations for academic achievement and good behavior.

Achievement First is a growing network of non-profit, high-performing, college-preparatory, K-12 public charter schools, currently operating 25 schools serving more than 8,000 students in Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut, Brooklyn, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island. Achievement First’s current strategic plan to maximize our impact in the next five years includes the following four tactics:
1.Creating a strong 'proof point' about what is really possible by continuously improving our performance with an unwavering commitment to both excellence and to serving high-need students well
2. Opening more schools to serve more than 12,000 students across 38 schools, thus demonstrating that gap-closing excellence is possible at 'district' scale
3. Geographically concentrating our growth so that we can, working together with others, transform district practice, family expectations and ultimately, community-wide results
4. Extending our impact through open-source sharing and strategic partnerships with others who are trying to do the same critical work

Excellence: Our first priority is to provide a truly outstanding, gap-closing education for the thousands of students we have the honor and responsibility of working with directly—the kind and caliber of education that will help these students and our urban communities break the cycle of poverty. Achievement First’s academies continue to experience significant academic gains toward achievement gap-closing results. By our capstone grades—fourth, eighth and twelfth —our students are significantly outperforming the host district average and achieving on par with or above the state-wide average at proficiency. Our unique education program includes an extended school day (7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and features a rigorous, standards-based academic curriculum based upon three and a half hours of literacy instruction and two hours of math instruction every day, coupled with regular interim assessments and supplemental support programs. All Achievement First schools offer an extensive character development program that shapes classroom culture and school-wide expectations based on our REACH values of Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship and Hard work. Scholars also participate in a variety of voluntary after-school and extracurricular activities that vary at each academy.

Scale: Beyond this direct impact, Achievement First’s theory of change is that by creating the equivalent of a high-performing urban public school “district,” we prove that the achievement gap can be closed at scale in a way that inspires and informs broader district-wide reform efforts. We currently serve over 8,000 students across 25 Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island schools. Our current strategic plan calls for us to expand to 30+ schools, eventually serving more than 12,000 students.

Sustainability: Our network approach creates efficiencies and allows school teams to focus on student achievement. AF has a three-phase strategic plan: Phase I – Start Up: creating a gap closing model, Phase II – Growth: Achieve “District” Scale, Phase III – Maturity: Sustain and Share. As we enter the third phase of our organizational investment, AF is building the systems that support growth and excellence and ensure that our work is sustainable—financially, humanly and institutionally—over the long term.

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Achievement First North Crown Heights Charter School

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2016
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Board chair

Andy Hubbard

Credit Suisse