Settlement Services at OCA!
“The NYC Community Schools Initiative is a central element of Mayor Bill de Blasio's vision to re-imagine the City's school system. Community Schools are neighborhood hubs where students receive high-quality academic instruction, families can access social services, and communities congregate to share resources and address their common challenges.”
The OCA Community School Program is a partnership between Orchard Collegiate Academy and Henry Street Settlement, providing in-school services to students in 9th-12th grade. Our school's mission is to enable all students to graduate college and career ready. Together with the Henry Street Settlement, the school works from an ecological approach to support student achievement and educate the whole child.
The OCA Community School Program works with every student and family to support socio-emotional learning, improve attendance, encourage family engagement, and promote academic achievement. Our team of social workers utilizes a strengths-based, solution-focused approach to assess student and family strengths and needs and develop appropriate interventions to address academic, attendance, mental health, and concrete service needs; including referrals to our on-site School-Based Mental Health Clinic. Our Family Engagement team outreaches to parents and families and works closely with the Parent Coordinator and Parent Association to build a coalition of parents and families who are actively engaged in the academic experience of their students. In addition, our on-site College Counselor works with every 9th-12th grade student to promote college readiness and guide students through the college selection and application process.
Finally, Settlement staff provide referrals to parents, students and families to all Settlement programs, including:
Arts Programming at our Abrons Art Center
Adult Education (HSE) Classes and English Language Classes at 99 Essex Street
Parenting Classes at the Parent Center
Benefits and Legal Services at the Neighborhood Resource Center
Mental Health Services at the Community Consultation Center
For questions about in-school programming or referrals to any Settlement programs, please call Dayna Sedillo-Hamann, Community School Director at 646-887-7998.