Welcome to Mott Haven
At DREAM Mott Haven Elementary School, everything we do is guided by our Whole Child model: the belief that every child needs and deserves not only rigorous academic instruction, but also social-emotional support, physical health and wellness, and the strength of a community behind them. When children are known, seen, and loved, that’s when they have the space to grow into the leaders, innovators, and changemakers of tomorrow.
At a glance
teachers in every classroom
years in a row of our scholars outperforming their city and state peers in testing
voices from our community
- Michelle, DREAM Mott Haven Kindergarten mom
Elementary School Principal
Jamie Platzer, Elementary School Principal, leads grades K-1 at DREAM Charter School in Mott Haven. She joined DREAM in 2009 after teaching fifth grade at PS 47 in the Bronx. Jamie taught second and third grades at DREAM Charter School in East Harlem before moving into the Academic Dean role in 2014. Her background is in Special Education and she loves the opportunity to spend every day working with DREAM teachers, scholars, and families. Jamie earned a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and her Master of Science in Education from Pace University as a member of the Teach for America program in New York City. Jamie completed the New Leaders Aspiring Principals program and received a Masters in Education Leadership. DREAM has been Jamie’s home for over a decade and she is honored and overjoyed to be the Founding Principal at DREAM Mott Haven Elementary school where she continues to lead children to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.
At DREAM, we believe that every child deserves a beautiful space to play, learn, and grow. Mott Haven Elementary School is located at 411 Wales Avenue in the South Bronx – and in the near future, moving to its brand-new home, a state-of-the-art school located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. At capacity, it will serve 1,300 Pre-K-12 DREAM scholars.
As core to our mission as it has been from day one, opportunities for play will run throughout the new school, from the ground floor’s auxiliary gym to our rooftop playground. DREAM students will also be given the best spaces to learn, including a light-filled, cathedral-type library and a STEM quad featuring speciality classrooms and laboratories. And, not only will this new home allow DREAM to grow, tripling the amount of children it can serve, but the space will also be a physical manifestation of DREAM’s ambitions for its students.
DREAM’s curriculum ensures rigorous instruction that teaches children to think critically and imaginatively. For elementary school, this includes:
- Physical Education
- Social Emotional Learning
DREAM uses an inquiry-based approach to learning to put scholars in the front seat. Scholars find solutions to problems on their own and share their discoveries with the class. By problem solving first, they’re able to gain context on subjects and learn from their own thinking. In our classroom, we want scholars talking more than teachers.
All DREAM students have access to our free afterschool and summer programming as part of our extended-day, extended-year model.