Mott Haven Academy Charter School

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
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What’s Special

Loving attention for foster children

The Downside

Building is somewhat cramped

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)

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2016-17 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
90%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
89%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
96%
85% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
5%
2% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
44%
36% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
59%
43% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
37%
42% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

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 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
398
Asian
0.0%
Black
28.0%
Hispanic
70.0%
White
0.0%
Other
2.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
94%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
14%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
36

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
35%
21% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
18%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
86%
21% Citywide Average
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Location

170 Brown Place
Bronx NY 10454
Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 6 to Brook Ave
Buses: Bx33

Contact

Phone
718-292-7015
Principal
Jessica Nauiokas

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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