Charter school works to keep at-risk students out of special education

The Haven Academy, a publicly financed charter school in New York City's South Bronx, serves students in foster care as well as those from low-income and broken homes who are more likely to be classified as needing special education. Staffed with a social worker, behavioral therapist and an expert on special education, the school adheres to a strict curriculum of reading, writing and math that includes specific tasks and tangible goals that lend structure to students' lives.

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