Welcome to DREAM
Charter High School
DREAM Charter High School was born to create powerfully literate young people – people who are self-determined enough to leverage their own achievements to empower others from their communities. Professor Patrick J. Finn defines powerful literacy as the “literacy of persons who are conscious of their own power and self interest.”
This is not simply a call for students to succeed academically. It is a call for students to recognize that their capacity to read, write, and speak are tools to drive social change. In short, DREAM graduates are both highly skilled and critically conscious.
At a glance
DCHS graduation rate
Class of 2023 college acceptance rate
of students are engaged in summer programming, extracurriculars, and college prep
For Daniela, our village of teachers, youth workers, advisors, and other support staff did deliver–and so did Daniela herself. Once shy about talking in class or making friends, she flourished in high school. Now, Daniela is a student at Stanford University. “I look at my past decisions and realize I’m not scared,” she said. “DREAM made me stronger.”
Learn More About the DREAM Graduate
High School Principal
Brandon serves as Principal at DREAM Charter High School. Originally from South Jamaica, Queens, NY, he wants to ensure that future generations are prepared to address the major social and environmental issues of the future.
In his previous role as DREAM’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction, he worked to cultivate the next generation of leaders by guiding teachers in creating learning opportunities rooted in the pedagogy of play – a mission that he carries into his work as Principal. Developing historically-informed methods of resisting oppression is a critical tenet of his pedagogy and he believes students should see their education as an instrument for social change and be fully engaged with the process while doing it.
At DREAM, we believe that every child deserves a beautiful space to play, learn, and grow. DREAM Charter High School is located at 20 Bruckner Boulevard, a brand-new, state-of-the-art school located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx that is also the future home of DREAM Mott Haven Elementary and Middle Schools.
The building at 20 Bruckner Boulevard is iconic—a 200,000 square foot, 120-year-old former icehouse given new life as a learning institution. Built to serve 1,300 scholars at capacity, 20 Bruckner features:
- Rooftop that functions as an outdoor classroom, play space, and garden
- State-of-the-art gymnasium that meets the standards of a regulation court gym
- Double-height, light-filled, cathedral-type library space
- STEM Quad featuring specialty classrooms and laboratories
- Double-height art wing with built-in spatial flexibility
- And more
DREAM’s curriculum prepares students for college and beyond by developing critical literacy skills needed for their success as professionals and as agents of social change.
Throughout their time at DREAM, students assemble a portfolio of college-level performance assessments. This portfolio is representative of students’ ability to learn, apply, and reflect across all disciplines. In their Defenses of Learning, 10th and eventually 12th grade students present and defend their portfolio as a capstone activity and rite of passage. A successful Defense of Learning signals to graduates, families, and the school community that the student is well prepared for the rigor of college and challenges that lie beyond.
- American Literature I
- Global History
- Living Environment
- Performing Arts
- American Literature II
- Earth Science
- Global History II
- Visual Arts
- Algebra II
- AP Seminar
- AP US History Algebra II
- AP Environmental Science
- Spanish II
- AP Literature
- AP Research
- AP Bio
Free Afterschool & Summer Programming
Once your child is enrolled for the fall, they can get a head start on their DREAM journey that summer; all incoming students are guaranteed a spot in our summer programming.
College Access & Postsecondary Support
of the Class of 2022 enrolled at a 4-year or 2-year institution
All juniors and seniors have monthly one-on-ones with college counselors
of alumni receive 6 years of formal support after graduation
Composed of the Lower House Youth Development Center and the Upper House College Counseling Office, the OCAPSS Team is charged with leading and facilitating relevant and impactful studio sessions, workshops, and programming to ensure that all students in grades 9 - 12 develop and strengthen the following:
- Social Emotional Learning
- College Readiness
- Student Life Programming
- College Access
- Career Readiness & Life Satisfaction
By the end of their senior year, students will be committed to their best-fit postsecondary program, be it a 4-year college or university, 2-year community college, or workforce preparation program.
DREAM has affiliations with multiple college access and admission organizations, including CACNY, NCAN, NACAC, NYSACAC. For more information about OCAPSS at DREAM, contact Briana Avery, Director of College, at firstname.lastname@example.org.