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Our Mission


Haven Academy is redefining school by intentionally designing spaces and programs to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of all children, with a focus on those impacted by the child welfare system. United with our scholars and their families, we aim to dismantle systemic barriers to success through comprehensive support services, responsive curriculum, predictability, and an emphasis on voice and choice. We lead with empathy and forge deep relationships to build a better future in service of our resilient, resourceful, and independent scholars.

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

Vanessa Cadet

Vanessa grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York. Vanessa earned her Bachelor’s degree in History from Binghamton University and Master’s in School Counseling from CW Post at Long Island University. During high school and college, Vanessa spent time volunteering and interning as a mentor and tutor for elementary and middle school students. Vanessa began substitute teaching on Long Island which led to her pursuing teaching full time. Vanessa spent the past seven years teaching grades 1-4 in the South Bronx. Vanessa considers herself a lifelong learner and brings her passion for learning into the classroom. When not teaching, you can find Vanessa traveling, trying a new recipe or spending quality time with her family and friends.

Latest News

Educating Kids in Foster Care: Lessons Learned from a Unique School in the Bronx

April 24, 2023
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Best-Serving Homeless and Foster Children

We are happy to share that Haven is currently featured in The Imprint’s article entitled Rare New York City Charter School Has a Unique Mission: Best-Serving Homeless and Foster Children. The article, released on April 16th, provides an overview of the Haven model and positions the school as an authoritative voice in educating foster and child welfare-involved students.
April 16th, 2023
The Imprint
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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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