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Achievement First University Prep Charter High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong college advisory

The Downside

Strict discipline may not appeal to all

Part of the Achievement First network of charter schools that spans across several states, Achievement First University Prep High School (AF University Prep) does a good job of keeping students on track for college. It serves mainly students who attend Achievement First Bushwick Middle School and Achievement First East New York Middle School though space permitting accepts students from other schools too.

All AF University Prep students are expected to complete at least five Advanced Placement (AP) classes by graduation, with options such as World history, calculus, statistics, biology, and English composition or literature.

The Achievement First network is known for enforcing a strict discipline code. Some parents appreciate the sense of order and back-to-basics curriculum, but others complain that the network’s “no excuses” discipline is too harsh. Students who violate school rules may be suspended or expelled. On the NYC School Survey, most teachers report that discipline and order are maintained throughout the school. Achievement First schools typically have much higher suspension rates than the citywide average.  

AF University Prep's school day runs two hours longer than at traditional public schools and students attend school for two weeks longer than the Department of Education school year. This can be helpful to working parents and children that could use extra classroom time.

Extracurricular activities offered include basketball, vocal ensemble, and robotics. Students also participate in summer enrichment programs.  

Students get lots of support during the college admissions process, including trips to colleges and SAT prep. High school counselors continue to work closely with graduates once they are in college.

Graduates of AF University Prep have gone on to attend range of schools including private colleges such as Columbia University, Middlebury, and New York University as well as CUNY and SUNY schools.

ADMISSIONS: Preference goes to continuing Achievement First Bushwick Middle School and Achievement First East New York Middle School students. Most charter schools give priority to children who live in the school district in which the school is located. (Isabel Corpus, web reports, July 2018)

School Stats


How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


35 Starr Street
Brooklyn NY 11211

Trains: L Line to Jefferson St; M Line to Central Ave

Buses: B38, B54, B57, B60


Principal: Claire Shin


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with IS 347 and IS 349

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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