Charter schools are public schools that operate independently according to the terms of a five-year performance contract or “charter.” Charter schools can be established by educators, parents, community leaders, and not-for-profit organizations, and are approved only after a rigorous review process. Once charter schools open, they are governed by a not-for-profit Board of Trustees and are held to specific standards.

Most charter schools provide an innovative alternative to conventional NYC public schools.

Benefits of charter schools include:

  • INNOVATION: charters enable enabling teachers to be more creative and innovative in their teaching methods, length of school day and year, and subject matter;
  • ACCESS: providing an added education resource in areas underserved by public schools;
  • CHOICE: allowing parents to choose a school based on what they think will work best for their children;
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: for meeting and exceeding academic, operational, and fiduciary goals

Charter schools are one of the fastest growing innovations in education and are supported on the city, state, and federal government level.

The staff remembers your face and your child is treated with respect and courtesy. There is nothing but positive reinforcement and encouraging children to be the best.

Fulfilling Career Choice for Teachers and Leaders.

Haven Staff Member

The second place my kids call home.


With the support of Haven Academy, Principal Nauiokas, and the other teachers and staff, I feel part of a community—one that has the power to change our student's lives for the better.

Eric Lara - Special Ed Teacher

The teachers and leaders at this school are the most loving and most dedicated educators in schools. The school feels welcoming and warm. Kids LOVE coming to school and that is an important part of making life long learners.

Haven Staff Member

I wish I was a kid again, I would have loved to attend Haven Academy.

Haven Staff Member

Me gusta todo de Haven Academy, una de las cosas que tiene mi atención es que la principal de la escuela siempre esta disponible para dar la bienvenida a los estudiantes en la mañanas.

Me gusta todo, especialmente la atención y la comunicación que tenemos con los miembros del personal.