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Designed from the ground up

Amistad Academy — Connecticut, USA,

Amistad Academy is the flagship school in Connecticut’s highly regarded Achievement First program. Opened in 1999, the charter school’s goal was to prove that their predominately black and Latino urban students could achieve at the same levels as their affluent suburban counterparts. Calgary Academy’s role was to provide program development, specific training for new staff, and the achievement culture at the school. CA designed Amistad’s program from the ground up, from concept to form for training, classes, groupings and student assessments. In year one, we provided all teacher training. In year two, training was a shared responsibility, and by year three, Amistad was training its own staff. Profiled in the 2004 PBS documentary “Closing the Achievement Gap,” Amistad Academy was named Connecticut’s 2006 Title I Distinguished School after having the greatest performance gains of any middle school in the state.

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