East Harlem Middle School
At DREAM East Harlem Middle School, everything we do is guided by our Whole Child model: the belief that every child needs and deserves not only rigorous academic instruction, but also social-emotional support, physical health and wellness, and the strength of a community behind them. When children are known, seen, and loved, that’s when they have the space to grow into the leaders, innovators, and changemakers of tomorrow.
At a glance
teachers in every classroom
years in a row of our scholars outperforming their city and state peers in testing
voices from our community
- Celine, East Harlem Middle School scholar
Elizabeth Dodge, Middle School Principal, leads grades sixth through eighth at DREAM East Harlem. Elizabeth began her career teaching through Teach for America as a high school science teacher in Boston where she supported the development of grades 9-12 science curriculum. Elizabeth transitioned to DREAM in 2014 where she was a founding science teacher at the East Harlem Middle School. She continued to grow and develop as a leader at DREAM as she then became the founding STEM Department Chair and then transitioned to the founding Academic Dean. In this role, Elizabeth fell in love with adult learning, building capacity in others, and leading with excellence in mind. In 2018, Elizabeth transitioned to the Principal role and is now honored to be entering her fourth year leading her team. Elizabeth completed the New Leaders Emerging Principal Program and earned her Masters in Education from Boston University. Elizabeth is committed to be a lifelong learner, a lover of all things middle school, and a partner with all families here at DREAM.
At DREAM, we believe that every child deserves a beautiful space to play, learn, and grow. East Harlem Middle School is located at 1991 2nd Avenue, our flagship location and headquarters.
Built in 2015 as part of the East Harlem Center for Living and Learning, the space features a playground and park, window walls, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, and even an outdoor classroom.
And of course, just beyond the walls of 1991 sits the Field of Dreams, the ballfield where DREAM was born three decades ago and where our scholars play, learn, and grow to this day.
Our middle school curriculum is built upon the foundation that students learn best when they grapple with engaging content that is rigorous and relevant. That means rigorous instruction that allows children to think critically and imaginatively. Subjects include:
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies and Debate
- Physical Education
- Electives: Art and Music
All DREAM students have access to our free afterschool and summer programming as part of our extended-day, extended-year model.