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About This School

Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School is a charter high school. The principal of Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School is MS. CAMILLA LOPEZ and can be contacted at camillalopez@achievementfirst.org. 802 students attend Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 0% of the Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School students are "limited in English proficiency." 75% of the 802 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School is 12:1. Bnos Menachem is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Dance
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 97% 86%
Hispanic 3% 11%
Asian 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Multiracial 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75% 83%
Limited English proficiency 0% 8%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    This school is so amazing for the kids and teachers when it comes to experiences and education i just love it so much

  • (9 months ago)

    Yes I agree with some of the comments regarding the elementary school but the middle is where the problem lies. Yes lacks parent involvement and teachers criticizing students. Many parents are not involved therefore they do not know what happens behind the scene. Parents need to distinguish which part of the school is great or awful.

  • (10 months ago)

    The school is a good school however I was disappointed with this year's state test results in both the elementary and middle school.I am hoping the teacher's and the leadership team will ensure these low grades will be improved for this academic year. The school needs to stay committed to parent engagement.

  • (10 months ago)

    as a teacher at this school i want to say I LOVE MY JOB!-) at first i was not expecting for my job to be difficult but its like a mad heaven

  • (10 months ago)

    well i had noticed that my child was not succeding in school so i moved my child to this school if i can only tell you how happy i am that i noticed my child's lack because she was getting B and now she is bringing home A+

  • (1 year ago)

    The school has a caring staff and the principal is easy to work and discuss educational concerns with you. The school is on track to getting the scholars off to college and I commend them especially because my scholar's future lies in there hands. My scholar loves all the teachers so far. My scholar attends the 4th grade and can not wait for chess to start and the band. The best feeling in the world is when you can turn to your scholar and say your teacher your parents and you rock the Common Core as a team we did it.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been on the wait list for achievement first for 4 years. When they called me to advise my dauahgter has been accepted to the K class I was overjoyed. I must say there is a vast improvement in her language confidence and attitude. The teachers are great with her. There are however 1 really bad apple in the class that continues to pick on my daughter. She has been involved in hitting her more than 4 x's already. The teachers have kept me posted on the childs behavior with my daughter but if it does continue I will be going to the principal. That is the only complain I have about the school so far. Great programs and Teachers!

  • (1 year ago)

    I agree with the statement that AF does not have much parent involvement. My son is in the third grade and HE loves the school. I feel it could be better. However I do admit it is better than the public school he previously attended. I believe AF needs to be more sincere about their claims that Parents are important in this process. I find that the administration make important decisions WITHOUT any input from the parents. If parents do voice any concerns they just ignore them and do as they please. Parent involvement input is critical to their success. They need to work on cooperation - collaboration and consideration.

  • (1 year ago)

    my son has been at this school since kindegarten and is now in the 4th grade. I agree that since Mr. Kerr left the school has declined in academics student support and communication with parents. His experience at this school was very depressing. My son bullied and assaulted with a bat and the response I got from a dean was that she asked the other students who stated it was not true. Meanwhile I have medical reports and pictures that show my son was hit. not to mention the fact that most staff members did not care to work his anxiety issues. Some of these teachers and even leadership are just here for a check. I experienced the lack of compassion and disrespect myself as a parent. I had a teacher speak to me in such a way that was inappropiate. Ms. Lopez needs to seriously consider going back to teaching and gain more experience before she can act as a principal as well as Ms. Castillo as a dean. I am all for sweating the small stuff and believe that you have to firm on kids however it should be dont when its necessary. You cant break these children down and expect them to love school. My child is not attending the middle school at all which is much worst.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children are doing very well. We must compare the performance of our children compared to the children in the public schools. AF is out performing public schools and even private schools. If they sweat the small stuff let them.....if the "sweating the small stuff" will help my children succeed in school college and in life AF go for it!

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been a staff member here at AFCH for years and while I've seen all the transition and know that it's vastly different then it once was it's important to know that the school admin have the best intentions. We currently share a building with a middle school schedules to close down because less than 13% of it's students are on/ above grade level. The AFCH DOE report card gave us an A in the 2010-2011 school year. While this school may not be for everyone because of it's high expectations in ALL areas it is definitely a safe learning enviorment with lots of positives and celebrations of our successes. I've seen students making tremendous progress. We've doubled our acceptance to Specialized High School & high performing boarding schools. For those parents that have disagreements I emplore to you patiently work with the administration and be a part of the solution.

  • (2 years ago)

    this school need to sweat the small stuff if they know a child does not misbehave at all and happen to wear a wrong pair of socks one day they place my child in the dean office and they call me to bring a pair of socks when im at work this is crazy! it is not the socks that is learning its not like they could see the sock my child wear a high top shoe they happen to ask the kids to take off their shoes that morning . they are mostly focus on discipline than the child working hard for college.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son has been in achievement first since Kindergarten and I have seen the school go from being a supportive organizations that work with parents to accomplish the most important goal of educating our young ones to one that is working against both the parents and the students by turning it into a detention center where kids get detention and ultimately out of school suspended for going to the bathroom not having a pencil slouching in their chair putting their head down when they are not feeling well or by responding "that was not me!" when accused of something they did not do. Teachers are spending most of their attention on tracking demerits and detention instead of teaching. It's like military school. Personal Story- I notified the school a week in advance and the day of that my son would not be able to attend detention on Fridays and would need to take his private bus service. I get a call at 2 45 from the Principal stating that my nine year old son would left outside until I came from work to pick him up - which is an hour away endangering the safety of my son. Its a constant battle and with the school having a current NYC report grade of C - so not worth it.

  • (3 years ago)

    When I saw the overall score of this school I had to run in and see how it happened... Glad to know almost all of it was from earlier years when the principal was outstanding and he maintained the school despite the CharterHead. But he was made to leave quickly and quietly after which they quickly adopted a discipline = education theology.. If you don't mind your child serving hours of detention ( even during class hours) for sitting wrong yawning telling a bully to "stop" not transitioning in deaftening silence or perhaps your child is polite and says "excuse me" or "sorry" when bumping someone - if it is not an authorized speaking time he will surely pay for having manners... This is their no-excuses policy that was suppose to be about them teaching every child but has flipped the owness on to growing adolescent children.

  • (3 years ago)

    the pride themselves on developing the whole child not only academics

  • (5 years ago)

    I am very pleased with this school. My daughter is in the 5th grade and she is doing so much better than in the private school she previously attended. She looks forward to going to school and the scholar dollar program is an excellent incentive for the students. I am pleased with the school so far and look forward to my younger child enrolling in Kindergarten next year.

  • (5 years ago)

    My children have been students at Af for the past two to three years and I must say I am pleased. To the parent who says that it is like a military school I really do appreciate the fact that the teachers will not accept any disruption of any sort during class time. The reason why they didn't have recess is because they needed to get access to field across the street. And they are beginning to open up instruction to suit students with IEP's. I should know because my middle schooler has one. I think that before you jump the gun maybe you should consider that most schools don't care how your child behaves or performs academically. If you are not pleased then there are plenty of other schools that are not like the military in Brooklyn.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am not very pleased with the school. It's more like military school. This school is better suited for children with behavior problems. I understand they want the students to be very disciplined but they expect them to act very grown up too fast. They do work during breakfast and they don t have recess. By the time my child gets home she's burnt out. They are also not equipped to handle students with IEPs. I realize this is their first year in operation but I don t want my child to lanquish here while they're trying to get their act totally together.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is an offshoot of Amistad academy in CT an award winning charter school. It's in it's 3rd year and my child has gone here since the beginning. The academic program is rigorous and individualized. There is a huge focus on academics and College. The school motto is 'we sweat the small stuff' and they can be a bit harsh in their behavioral expectations for younger students but this has eased this year. This year they've added a Spanish teacher and some recess which was lacking before. The principal is very much involved in the school and knows each child and the parents by name. A good school.

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