Mission & Values

Mission & Values

The Mott Haven Academy Charter School is a high performing Charter School that empowers children in an educational environment which 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.

5 Guiding Principles of Haven Academy

  • We tell the truth.
  • We trust our teammates mean no harm.
  • We take responsibility for our work, our actions and our words.
  • We solve problems and seek creative solutions.
  • We find pride and joy in our work
  • We are focused in our actions and know that wasting time limits our learning.
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  • We respect ourselves and others.
  • We anticipate and respond to the needs of our teammates.
  • We are responsible for our environment and lead change when needed.
  • We show gratitude to others.
  • We are kind and patient.
  • We care about the feelings of our teammates.
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  • We work hard every day, in everything we set out to do.
  • We have courage to try new things & give ourselves time to learn to do them well.
  • We persevere through challenges.

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.

However, in recognition of the fact that life circumstances can create barriers to academic success, Haven Academy will reduce barriers to achievement by combining family support services with a rigorous academic program. This will result in every student succeeding in school and beyond with our graduates prepared for college preparatory high schools and each will possess the skills necessary to be resourceful, caring citizens. Our partnership with the New York Foundling allows us to offer families and students a comprehensive support system. Our unique partnership among educators, families, and the community is central to our success.

Our program ensures student success by focusing on the following priorities:

Differentiated Instruction

The use of differentiated instruction enables students’ individual learning needs to be met, regardless of how their skills compare to those of other students. A small teacher-to-student ratio, as well as subject-specific instructional specialists assisting in classrooms, enable struggling students to receive more individualized attention.

Data-Driven Instruction

In order to ensure that every student reaches high levels of academic achievement, teachers must gather, analyze, and use information about student progress to differentiate lesson plans and personalize instruction.

Family Involvement and Support Services

Haven Academy understands that parent and family participation is a necessary part of a child’s academic and social success. We implement our Family Support Plan, which includes regular communication between the home and school, parent invitations to school hosted events and family access to NYF support services.

Conflict Resolution and Social Curriculum

Haven Academy is committed to teaching students to be problem solvers and critical thinkers, respect and challenge intellectual ideas and form opinions in an environment that values trust, while resolving conflicts peacefully.