A Platinum PartnerAchievement First Charter
Achievement First is a charter school network that operates schools in Connecticut, New York City and Rhode Island. At Achievement First, our students realize their potential and develop the skills they need to graduate from college, succeed in a competitive world and serve as the next generation of leaders in our community.
Our mission is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America’s children. That is what we work for, every day. We know that all children—regardless of race, zip code, or economic status—deserve access to great schools.
We’re looking for teachers and leaders. We’re looking for people who are “team” at their core. We’re looking for people who have incredibly high standards and who will do whatever it takes to work with amazing students in some of the best schools around, and to stop at nothing to help them achieve greatness.
Teach. Learn. Love.
As a teacher at Achievement First, you’ll be a champion who believes all students are capable of greatness and achievement far beyond what society has been conditioned to accept. You will be a demander of excellence for yourself and your students, encouraging and accepting nothing less than students’ best and most thoughtful work.
You are already a passionate learner who is hungry for professional development and thrives on feedback. Here, you will cultivate classroom cultures built on strong structures, communication and lasting relationships. You will be part of a powerful team that is all aligned around the same goals. Every day, your hard work will prepare students who will go on to become first-generation college graduates and lead our communities as the next generation of game-changers.
Our Teacher Career Pathway
Our Teacher Career Pathway helps teachers grow through five distinct career stages from intern to master teacher, each with more compensation, recognition and professional growth opportunities. Your growth matters to us. Because doing what’s best for kids means doing what’s best for teachers, too.
Co-CEO and President
“At Achievement First, diversity, equity, and inclusion aren’t just guidelines that sit in some employee handbook. They are a philosophy that we live and breathe. They’re at the center of new staff training and professional development sessions. You can see their influence in the decisions we make in every school and on every Network Support team.
Why? Because that’s the kind of organization we need to be. Not just to honor our duty to each other as human beings, but to honor our commitment to kids. We know that teachers and school leaders who share the backgrounds of our scholars can be especially critical in their lives. And we know our students are best served by a team that reflects the global community they’ll one day join.”
When Potential meets Opportunity
Here, we are about diving into issues that can make us uncomfortable, because that’s how we get better. We’re about sensitivity and cultural competence. And about being the kind of organization where everyone—regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age and sex—feels comfortable, powerful, and respected.
We believe that diversity and diverse teams make stronger decisions, and we believe it is important to model the increasingly diverse, global community for which we are preparing our scholars. In order to reach our vision of a diverse community, we are intentional about recruiting, developing, and retaining talented staff members who share the racial and/or socioeconomic backgrounds of our scholars. In addition, we are committed to doing our part to change the national underrepresentation of Black, Latinx, and multi-racial senior leaders. We believe our Black, Latinx, and multi-racial staff members—and our staff members who are first in their families to graduate from college—can be powerful role models for our scholars and bring an important perspective and experience that must shape how we go about fulfilling our mission.
In order to leverage the strength of our diversity, we strive to create an inclusive environment of connection, respect, and involvement for all staff regardless of a staff member’s race, religion, socioeconomic status, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, marital status, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or sex. Our approach to leadership development includes inclusive leadership because we believe leaders are responsible for creating the conditions for all staff to realize their full potential—and that can only be achieved when we are an inclusive environment.
Creating a diverse and inclusive organizational culture is necessary but insufficient to realizing our mission. We exist to address the legacy of systemic racism in our education system. As we approach our work with students and individuals in our organization, we believe the predictability of success or failure should not correlate with one’s racial identity. In order to reach that vision of equity, we must deeply understand racism—and it’s intersection with other forms of oppression— and actively work against racism. That means we not only address racism outside of our organization, but we also consistently examine our own roles in racial inequity including our beliefs, behaviors, practices, and policies, and change accordingly.
Get In Touch
Connecticut Office: Achievement First Network Support — Phone: 203.773.3223
Rhode Island Office: Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy — Phone: 401.347.1106
New York Office: Achievement First Network Support — Phone: 718.623.2660
School Hours: M-F: 8am – 3pm
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At Achievement First, we believe that realizing educational equity with excellence
is a moral and economic imperative. We believe that all children, regardless of
race or economic status, deserve access to great schools. Here, our mission is to create schools where students realize their potential and develop the skills they need to graduate from college, succeed in a competitive world, and serve as the next generation of leaders in our community. In order to fully realize this mission, we must be an organization committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.