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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.

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. We believe every child can learn and achieve regardless of life circumstances.

Our goal is simple: Remove the barriers to academic success faced by children in the child welfare system. Our response is clear: Support the child through crisis, work to prevent additional crisis from occurring and improve the emotional stability and academic abilities of our students.

Foster children lag behind their non-foster peers in school. Research over the past three decades has shown that, compared to the general school population, the half-million foster children in the United States have poorer attendance rates, are less likely to perform at grade level, are more likely to have behavior and discipline problems, are more likely to be assigned to special education classes, and are less likely to attend college.

Haven Academy is responding to these barriers in a holistic way through the integration of family support services provided by our partner, the New York Foundling, and with a rigorous, college preparatory academic program. We have dedicated as much time to the development of our School Culture and Social Curriculum as we have to our educational program, including increased staff training on the needs of children in the child welfare system, increased presence of social work staff and counseling, creating a safe and supportive school environment and developing a positive student behavior management approach based on logical consequences that helps students take responsibility for their own behaviors both in and out of school.

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