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Achievement First University Prep Charter High School

Grades: 9-12
35 Starr Street
Brooklyn NY 11211
Phone: 718-363-2270

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)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

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Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

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Contact & Location


Bushwick (District 32)
Trains: L Line to Jefferson St; M Line to Central Ave
Buses: B38, B54, B57, B60


Claire Shin

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with IS 347 and IS 349
Metal detectors?

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