DREAM Charter
high school

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Currently enrolling for Grades 9-12

439 East 115th Street, East Harlem

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


student/teacher ratio


DCHS graduation rate


of students are engaged in summer programming, extracurriculars, and college prep

Meet Daniela

Daniela immigrated to New York on her own from Mexico in seventh grade, speaking only a little English. She joined the DREAM family as an eighth grader, but when it came time for high school, she was hesitant about DCHS. After all, the school was in its founding year, just starting out. For a high-achieving, ambitious student like Daniela, we had to prove ourselves to her.

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.”

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Meet Principal
Jared R. Francis

Jared R. Francis, DREAM Charter High School principal, has focused the school’s work on developing highly-skilled and critically conscious young people. Jared holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from New York University. He was raised in East Harlem and is a product of New York City public schools.
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place matters

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.

our curriculum

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.


Freshman Courses
  • Algebra
  • American Literature I
  • Global History
  • Living Environment
  • Performing Arts
Sophomore Courses
  • American Literature II
  • Earth Science
  • Geometry
  • Global History II
  • Visual Arts
Junior Courses
  • Algebra II
  • AP Seminar
  • AP US History Algebra II
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Spanish II
Senior Courses
  • AP Literature
  • AP Research
  • AP Bio
  • Statistics
  • Calculus

All DREAM students have access to our free afterschool and summer programming as part of our extended-day, extended-year model. For our high school students, summer programming includes youth employment opportunities.

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