Achievement First
University Prep High School

35 Starr Street
Brooklyn, NY 11221


Our school is near the L train (Jefferson stop) and M train (Central stop).





Opened: August 2013
Grades: 9-12
Number of Students in 2019-20: 395
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday –  Thursday; 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Friday (note – hours may vary depending on grade)
Specials: Dance, Music, Physical Education, Theater, Visual Art, Yoga
Extracurricular programs: Alkebulan, Basketball, The Brotherhood, Choir, Cross-country, Dance, Flag Football, Track & Field, Robotics, Theater, Volleyball, #BlackGirlMagic

“Phoenix Nation”

Achievement First University Prep High is focused on an important goal: 100% of students will be accepted into four-year colleges and universities.

How do we get there? We combine challenging courses and high expectations. We also make sure our students have access to all of the support that their wealthy and private school peers receive. Our support includes SAT prep, intensive college counseling and tutoring. Our classes help our students grow into leaders who not only listen to lessons, but also lead discussions and exchange ideas. Here, our students also grow as athletes, volunteers, leaders, and citizens of the world.  We are proud of our school’s strong extracurricular, varsity athletic and arts programs. And, we’re proud that our support extends beyond high school graduation. High school counselors work closely with our alumni as they attend colleges including New York University, Hampshire College, Syracuse University, Skidmore College, Wesleyan University and many SUNY and CUNY schools. Learn more in our brochure or our college profile.

School Leader

  • Claire Shin

    Claire Shin

    Claire Shin is the founding principal of Achievement First University Prep High. No stranger to being a founding member of an Achievement First school, Ms. Shin was also a founding teacher of Achievement First Bushwick Elementary in Brooklyn, N.Y., the founding principal of AF Hartford Academy Elementary and the founding principal of AF Hartford High. Before joining Achievement First, Ms. Shin was the deputy chief program officer of Teach For America’s New York City regional team. She also taught in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood and was a management consultant with the Monitor Group. Ms. Shin holds a B.A. in economics and history from Williams College and a master’s in teaching from Pace University.

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