Region: New York City
District: Brooklyn CSD 32
Grade Span: K-12 for 2014-15/ K-12 at End of Charter Term
Enrollment: 965 for 2014-15/ 965 at End of Charter Term
Stacey Park (Elementary) or Michael Rosskamm (Middle)
Achievement First, Inc.
Tony Siddal, Director of Authorizer Relations and Governance
At Achievement First Bushwick Elementary Charter School a substantial portion of the school’s leadership, operations and teaching staff is bilingual, and all materials sent home to parents are written in Spanish and English. The school celebrates the cultural heritage of students and families with a yearly multi-cultural showcase and potluck dinner. Like their cousins at other Achievement First elementary schools, Achievement First Bushwick Elementary students enjoy REACH Circle and a host of fun enrichment activities, including martial arts, drama club, dance club and chorus. The school has partnered with local arts organizations for lessons in music; the guitar club is funded through the Little Kids Rock Foundation and the Piano School provides lessons at a reduced rate. Achievement First Bushwick Charter School is part of the Achievement First network.
At Achievement First Bushwick Middle, teachers strive to build student buy-in, nurture close partnerships with students and parents, and make sure that expectations set at school are upheld at home. Like other Achievement First middle schools in New York, Achievement First Bushwick Middle students have 90 minutes of math instruction and more than two hours of reading instruction every day. Students can serve as representatives on the Principal Advisory Board, a group of students that oversees and rules on “cases” in which students are close to meeting homework and behavior/character goals but have not made the cut-off for the end-of-the-year trip. The school also offers students the opportunity to perform in a traveling orchestra, which made its Manhattan debut as part of the Vision Jazz Festival. Achievement First Bushwick Middle finds creative ways to recognize and reward achievement. Students participate in Scholar Dollar auctions in which all items are focused on “quality time” with teachers.