35 Starr St.
Brooklyn, NY 11221
Opened: August 2013
Grades: Nine to 12
Number of Students in 2017-18: 363
Hours: 7:20 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. Mon – Fri (note - hours may vary depending on grade)
Achievement First University Prep High has one goal: 100% of students will be accepted into four-year colleges and universities. The school prepares students to meet this goal by providing a challenging course of studies and supporting students in their growth outside the classroom. Here, we combine rigorous courses and high expectations with a host of support services more common at affluent and private high schools, including SAT prep, intensive college counseling and tutoring. As students grow from grade nine to 12, instruction shifts from a teacher-directed approach to student-led exchanges of ideas. Outside of class, students grow as athletes, volunteers, leaders and responsible community members through participation in the school’s extracurricular, varsity athletic and arts programs. Our support extends beyond high school graduation, with high school counselors working closely with our alumni as they attend colleges and universities across the country.
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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