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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

Gabrielle Johnson
Gabrielle Johnson

Gabrielle was born in Jamaica and moved to the Bronx when she was in Middle School. She currently resides in the Wakefield section of the Bronx with her Elementary School-aged daughter, Egypt. Gabrielle received her Dual Masters in Special Education and General Education from Teachers College in 2011. Since then, she has been an ICT classroom teacher for 2 years and spent the remainder of her years supporting scholars who have Special Education services or who are at risk of receiving mandated services. She is very devoted to her work with scholars!


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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