Achievement First – Strategic Overview. Presentation to the Charter School Growth Fund. August 12, 2009. Our Mission.
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Presentation to the Charter School Growth Fund
August 12, 2009
The mission of Achievement First is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America's children. We believe that all children, regardless of race or economic status, can succeed if they have access to a great education.
Achievement First schools will provide all of our students with the academic and character skills they need to graduate from top colleges, to succeed in a competitive world, and to serve as the next generation of leaders of their communities.
Results in both CT and NY for our 4th graders show consistent outperformance of district, city and state averages
New York City is home to many of the highest-performing charters and CMOs in the country. Amongst this very competitive landscape, AF elementary schools performed very well.
Since state tests are given in all grades in middle school, we can clearly see the progress scholars make over four years at an AF school
* The charts below show the progress of a cohort over time from 5th grade (after only one year at AF) to 8th grade and the relevant city and state comparisons. In CT, we have two schools with 8th grade (Amistad & Elm City) so the results are combined. In NY, only AF Crown Heights has been open for 4 years and has an 8th grade.
Currently, Amistad-Elm City High School is our only high school, so these results reflect the accomplishments of just this academy, but they show a strong start for our high school model
Even our newest schools are having an impact on the districts in which they operate in their very first year.
We have not been satisfied with the results from all of our academies – AF Endeavor Middle School’s reading results, while solid by some standards, did not meet our standard for excellence, and we have taken strong action fix the situation
AF is in the middle of its growth plan
Despite not yet being at full scale, AF’s per pupil costs are on average already lower than those of our host district in NY– it’s only our new schools that are not yet there, as they have not yet achieved full economies of scale
On an apples-to-apples basis, we are also at our goal in CT, although we are not yet funded at the same level as our host districts, and in New Haven, do not yet receive funding or buildings to meet our facilities needs
Despite the toughest conditions we have seen, we continued our track-record of fundraising success in FY09, raising more in a single year than we ever have before, and we expect our needs to decline from this point forward.
*Reflects philanthropy raised/needed for operating costs only – does not include capital or one-off projects (e.g., AF Athena)
In September 2007, AF made a bold statement about talent by hiring a Chief Talent Officer to oversee all of our people practices. Since then, we have made significant progress in our talent management programs:
AF’s Strengths: Talent
We have assembled a very strong leadership team, and all of the major positions are now in place