At Achievement First, we have made a commitment to take on the challenge of innovating. Our Greenfield project was created to tackle this challenge, to develop a school design that has the potential to completely close vexing achievement gaps and more intentionally cultivate the essential non-academic habits, experiences and enrichment areas that our students need to be successful in college and life. We called the project “Greenfield” because we wanted everyone to imagine an open field with no structure built on it. If you could build any school, what would you build?
We analyzed research and development efforts, went on site visits to other highly successful and innovative schools and engaged with students and families. We delved into leading studies around character development, how students learn and human motivation. All the while, we asked ourselves these questions.