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Our Mission


The Mott Haven Academy Charter School 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.

Partnership with NY Foundling

In order to meet the needs of our community, the school design includes a close partnership with one of the city’s largest social service agencies, The New York Foundling.

Featured Staff

Lauren K
Lauren Katzenstein
Family and Student Specialist

Lauren was born and raised in Queens, NY. She received her bachelor's degree in Sociology at SUNY New Paltz. In 2019, she graduated from New York University with her Masters in Social Work. During her 2 years in graduate school, Lauren was an MSW intern at Haven Academy, working closely with scholars and families to provide social-emotional support. Lauren is currently working as a Family and Student Specialist for Pre-K and with families across grade bands in both elementary and middle school. In her free time, she likes to play softball, go to the beach, and explore different restaurants throughout New York City.


Haven Academy opened in the Fall of 2008 and has grown to serve students in grades PreK-6.


All children eligible to attend NYC Public Schools are eligible to attend Mott Haven Academy Charter School.


Enabling teachers to be more creative and innovative in their teaching methods, length of school day and year, and subject matter.


The Foundling’s Bronx Community Services has supported the Mott Haven community for over 40 years.


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


Our graduates will be resilient, resourceful, independent scholars who have the skills necessary to reach their full potential and to build a better future.

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