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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

Terrie Mangram
Terrie Mangrum
School Chef

Terrie was born and grew up on a 120 acre farm in Tennessee. She has fond memories of her great grandmother, grandmother ,and mother harvesting food from the farm to feed their family and neighbors. Farm to table and seasonal eating was a way of life. Armed with a firm understanding of permaculture and Southern Cuisine she moved to New York to explore a more diverse cuisine and culture. After years of school and travel her determination and grit led her to work and cook with other great Chefs. Eventually she opened up two restaurants and two Cafes. After many years of success in the restaurant world she decided to redirect her love of people and food to the students and staff at Mott Haven. After many years at Mott Haven Academy she still has big dreams of farming and food for her Haven Family.


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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