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
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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 freshman 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 439 East 115th Street in East Harlem – and in the near future, moving to its brand-new home, a state-of-the-art school located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. At capacity, it will serve 1,300 Pre-K-12 DREAM scholars.
As core to our mission as it has been from day one, opportunities for play will run throughout the new school, from the ground floor’s auxiliary gym to our rooftop playground. DREAM students will also be given the best spaces to learn, including a light-filled, cathedral-type library and a STEM quad featuring speciality classrooms and laboratories. And, not only will this new home allow DREAM to grow, tripling the amount of children it can serve, but the space will also be a physical manifestation of DREAM’s ambitions for its students.
The high school 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.