Melissa Celebrates the Opening of the Haven Academy’s New School Building in the Bronx

Yesterday, Melissa joined students, parents and faculty in celebrating the opening of a new building which will house the Mott Haven Academy Charter School in the Bronx.  Haven Academy partners with New York Foundling to provide additional services focused on children that are in foster care or receiving preventive services.

Students gather to ring the opening school bell with Melissa and Deputy Mayor Walcott. (Photo by William Alatriste)

The school is now located at 170 Brown Place, just down the street from their old location, sharing space at P.S. 43.  The new building is environmentally-friendly and LEED certified.  The school will ultimately grow to serve over 300 students in Grades K-8.  Currently, a third of enrollees are in foster care, a third are receiving preventive services and a third are from the general neighborhood population.

Photo by William Alatriste.

The new school building provides a full academic program, prevention programs and support services for families, social services counselors, a medical clinic that offers free healthcare for families without insurance, as well as afterschool and arts programs for students.

Photo by William Alatriste.

“I congratulate the Mott Haven Academy Charter School on their first day of school in this brand new, environmentally-friendly building.  The Haven Academy has done a fantastic job targeting their enrollment to students and families that are often not given the specialized attention that they need in our schools.  I wish all of the students, the school faculty and staff the best of luck in this school year.” — Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito

Not far from the new Haven Academy location, the Department of Education also announced yesterday the opening of the Mott Haven Educational Campus, which will house over 2,000 seats for high school students, as well as 25 additional new school locations throughout the city.

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