H eketi Community Charter School is a community-grown charter school located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, dedicated to providing a rigorous and nurturing environment for students, while fostering a warm family-oriented school culture and a strong connection to the community at large. Heketi opened its doors in 2012, where it welcomed its very first cohort of bright ambitious students.
This school year (2016-17), we finally welcomed our very first fifth grade classes, who will also be our first graduating class! We are tremendously proud of the incredible accomplishments our students have made, many of whom have been with us since our founding. Here’s to another successful year!
Our mission is to provide an exceptional educational solution through an integrated educational design with high expectations, extensive academic and social-emotional support, and a high level of family and community engagement.
Heketi’s name embraces two main elements of our mission focus. ‘Heketi’ is the Taíno word for ONE. Taínos are the indigenous people of the Caribbean, representing the heritage of a large portion of the Spanish-speaking population in the South Bronx. Heketi was born out of a desire to honor this heritage and embrace the power of multilingual literacy and reading skills for success and leadership. The meaning of Heketi, ONE, is also a recognition of what it takes to create an educational environment that ensures each child’s success. Heketi has a singular focus that integrates families, school staff, and community members all invested and united in building a community focused on achievement.
Heketi Community Charter School welcomed its first cohort of students to the Kindergarten and first grade classes, in the Fall of 2012 while it had been in a co-located space. The school later expanded into its current location at 403 Concord Avenue, with the help and support of Civic Builders. Each year, Heketi has added a grade leading up to the 2016-17 school year, where it will welcome it’s first graduating class of 5th graders!