Founded in December 1979, in New York City, The Haitian Academy has educated children from pre-kindergarten through the twelfth grade. In the United States, the Haitian Academy was certified by the University of the State of New York, Department of Education in October of 1988; certificate of registration number 9-516.
In September of 1980, an adult continuing education program was initiated in Brooklyn. Many of our GED and ESL graduates have completed college, while others are employed in health and business careers.
In 1985, after seven years of hard work, we purchased a six-story building in New York City. It was renovated to accommodate 16 classrooms, an institutional kitchen, a cafeteria, an indoor gym and a two thousand square foot library. In 1986, it was decided by the Board of Trustees to open a branch of The Haitian Academy in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. In 1988, thanks to family members of the Board; a beautiful site was made available for the construction of The Haitian Academy’s Campus. In June 1991, the Board of Trustees voted to transfer the New York branch of the school to Haiti in order to focus on one operation.
The Haitian Academy’s campus is located 25 kilometers north of Port-Au-Prince on Route National #1. It sits on 20 acres of land at the foot of a hill facing the ocean. Our site is fully electrified and running water is provided throughout the entire campus.
In September 1991, a boarding facility was built to accommodate students from abroad and from Haiti. The boarding complex was built to house 50 interns. The remainder of The Haitian Academy’s students commute from Port-Au-Prince, Cabaret, and the surrounding areas.
Later in 1993, the University of the Haitian Academy opened its doors with a School of Medicine and a School of Agronomy.
For the past 39 years, the Haitian Academy has provided education in English, French, Creole, and Spanish for children of varied ethnic origins – African, American, Asian, the Caribbean, European, Hispanic and Jewish.
We are proud of our twenty-four classes of graduates who have attended Universities in the United States, in Canada, and in Haiti. Among those who have completed their Undergraduate studies, several have attended Medical School, Law School, Nursing School, International Studies and Masters Programs in Engineering, and other fields such as Education.
In 2005, the board of founders, considering the lack of educational institutions available to the population, voted to add a Bilingual Section to the existing US Curriculum Section at the Haitian Academy. In the Bilingual Section, the curriculum of the Haitian National Ministry of Education prevails, allowing the students to take all of the official examinations: Intermediary Exams in the 9th grade and Baccalaureate II (Philosophy) in the 13th year of schooling.
It is the goal of the Haitian Academy to provide each of our students with a sound and rich education. We are also working to foster positive relations among children and young people of different backgrounds. Modern communication and transportation have drastically brought the world closer. Our students are taught to understand and accept other cultures and to appreciate and enjoy the elements of our environment. At The Haitian Academy, we know that the vocation of educating others comes to those who believe in the intelligence of their students and in their potential for growth.