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Mott Haven Academy Charter School

Grades: Pre-K, K-8
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
170 Brown Place
Bronx NY 10454
Phone: 718-292-7015

Our Insights

What’s Special

Loving attention to students, some in difficult circumstances

The Downside

Building is somewhat cramped

Mott Haven Academy is a haven for a range of children, some of whom live in difficult circumstances. Two-thirds of the seats are reserved for students living in foster care or receiving prevention services; close to one-third of all students are homeless. Despite these challenges, students outperform the city average on state test scores in reading and math at the elementary level, including students with disabilities. 

All children benefit from on-site social services and teachers who encourage them to talk about their feelings and work through conflicts. Teachers are trained in working with children who have difficulty establishing relationships due to abuse or neglect.

New York Foundling, one of the city's largest social service agencies, offers mental health, dental, and medical care (including asthma or interventions such as 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. Children eat lunch in family-style groups with an emphasis on discussion and manners. It is one of only a few New York City schools with its own chef. 

The prekindergarten classes are set up for learning through play. Children create pretend pet stores and read books to cuddly stuffed bears. They study science with their classroom teachers, focusing on nature and gardening. Teachers make learning interesting and get kids involved by setting up stations (different learning activities that students rotate through during a class period), according to an article in The 74.

Principal Jessica Nauiokas has provided leadership since the school opened in 2008 and has been lauded for her good work in various articles on education. She said staff try to prevent upsetting transitions, in some instances even finding a home for a child in the neighborhood so he or she doesn't have to change schools if the family moves. The bright, modern building is cramped but clean, with wooden floors, lots of windows, and interesting twisty hallways. 

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 social support the school offers.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery. Priority to kids in foster care, preventive care and District 7. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, March 2020)


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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2022-2023 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
56% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
79% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
53% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
52% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
57% Citywide Average

From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
91% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2019-2020

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats

From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
35% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
27% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
21% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
12% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 6 Line to Brook Ave
Buses: Bx33


Jessica Nauiokas

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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