Recipients of Charles Hayden Foundation Grants
170 Brown Place
Bronx, NY 10454
Mott Haven Academy Charter School (Haven Academy) is a public charter school in the South Bronx, NY with a rigorous academic program and a highly structured and supportive school culture. While this school is open to all students, it is specifically designed to meet the needs of at-risk students who are currently in the foster care and child welfare system. The school design includes a close partnership with one of the city's largest social service agencies, The New York Foundling.
Haven Academy opened in the fall of 2008 with a total of 95 students in kindergarten and first grade, and eventually will grow to serve 314 students in grades K-8. (It currently serves 230 students in grades K-5.) Its student population, selected through the standard charter school lottery process, is comprised of one third of each: children in the foster care system, children in preventive services programs, and those from the general community- Mott Haven, the poorest congressional district in the nation.
We believe all students, regardless of economic status or family structure, are entitled to learn in a system that gives them the best chance for success. Our vision is to remove the barriers children in the child welfare system face through provision of comprehensive support services. By co-locating the school with The New York Founding's Bronx Community Services, our unique model blends a rigorous academic program with an extensive series of social support services to meet the needs of the community. Our goal is to reduce the achievement gap that plagues children growing up in poor, underserved, urban communities, and particularly those in the child welfare system.
Mission Statement: The Mott Haven Academy Charter School empowers children in an educational environment that addresses and reduces the barriers to academic success through the integration of family support services with a rigorous, college-preparatory academic program. Our graduates will be resilient, resourceful, independent scholars who have the skills necessary to reach their full potential and to build a better future.