Mott Haven Academy Charter School

An Insideschools pick
An Insideschools pick for Special Education
170 BROWN PLACE
BRONX NY 10454 Map
Phone: (718) 292-7015
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery. Priority to kids in foster care, preventive care, and District 7.
Principal: Jessica Nauiokas
Neighborhood: Mott Haven
District: 7
Grade range: PK-5
Number of full-day PK seats: N/A
Extended PK hours offered: Yes
Unzoned
Charter School
School-based pre-k
Extended Day

What's special:

Loving attention for foster children

The downside:

Building is somewhat cramped

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 341

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
29%

Hispanic

  
69%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
95%

Special ed

  
22%

English Language Learners

  
14%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

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 class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA 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

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

NA 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

How many teachers say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep students engaged?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching social-emotional skills?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching organizational and study skills?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

70% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

43% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

86% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the last school year?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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?

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

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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?

97% 93% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?

96% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school ensures that ells receive the same curriculum as non-ells with appropriate suppports?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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