The Haitian Academy
For the past 32 years The Haitian Academy has been a pillar in the Haitian educational community. Founded in Brooklyn, NY in 1979, The Haitian Academy is a certified not-for-profit, independent Institution of Education. Our goal is to provide excellence in learning from Preschool to University studies, and Technical training.
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. For the past 30 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 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 November 1992, the adult program was reopened in Haiti where we teach English and Spanish to Haitian adults. A technical school has become part of this continuing education program, offering computer education at different levels.
Growing 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 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 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 Nationale #1. It sits on 20 acres of land at the foot of a hill facing the ocean. Trees have been planted and many more will eventually cover the open spaces. 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.
Expanding In 2005, the board of founders, considering the lack of educational institutions available to the population, voted to add a French section to the existing English section at the Haitian Academy. It is the goal of the Haitian Academy to provide each of our students with a sound and rich education.