Mott Haven Academy Charter School
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Mott Haven Academy Charter School
Extended PK hours offered: Yes
Mott Haven Academy is a haven for some of the neediest South Bronx children. One-third live in foster care; another third are in temporary housing or at risk of being removed from their homes. All benefit from on-site social services and teachers who encourage them to talk about feelings and to work through conflicts.
New York Foundling, one of the city's largest social service agencies, offers mental health, dental, and medical care (including asthma or pinkeye medication), family counseling, speech and occupational therapy. There are three full-time social workers, four social-work interns, a full-time health counselor, and three academic behavior specialists.
The school day begins with a healthy breakfast at 7:45 am and ends at 4 pm. It is one of few New York City schools with its own chef. Children study science with their classroom teachers, focusing on nature and gardening.
In a relaxed yet carefully structured atmosphere, children thrive in one of two playful prekindergarten classes, where they pretend to run pet stores and nail salons and read books to cuddly stuffed bears. "I know our students love being here," said a Pre-K teacher. The staff is racially and ethnically diverse and teachers use their own experiences to augment lessons. During an immigration lesson, for example, the director of the after-school program, who is Guyanese, told a group of 2nd-graders about sugar cane, a historic wooden church, and wedding rituals in his home country.
Principal Jessica Nauiokas has provided steady leadership since the school opened in 2008. Staff try to prevent upsetting transitions, in some instances finding a home for a child in the neighborhood so he doesn't have to change schools if his family moves. The bright, modern building is cramped but clean, with wooden floors, lots of windows, and interesting twisty hallways. The school plans to add middle-school grades.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: Children with special needs are mixed into general education classes with two teachers. More than 100 children receive free on-site counseling, and may benefit from the web of other supports the school offers.
ADMISSIONS: Lottery. Priority to kids in foster care, preventive care and District 7. (Lydie Raschka, May 2015; updated August 2016)
At a glance
Number of Students 341
Average Daily Attendance 93%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?93% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?87% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?NA 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
Does the school encourage family involvement?
How many parents say they were invited to an event at the school at least 3 times in the last school year?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
This school NULL self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school NULL team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:46% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:9% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?
How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?
How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?