DREAM 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 per classroom as part of our unique integrated co-teaching model
DREAM scholars outperform their city and state peers in testing
voices from our community
- Celine, East Harlem Middle School scholar
Alison Browne, Middle School Principal, leads grades sixth through eighth at DREAM East Harlem. Alison began her career in 2013 as a Teach for America Corps Member where she was a high school social studies teacher in Metro Atlanta. During this time she supported the development of 9th grade social studies curriculum and became certified as an AP teacher.
Alison transitioned to DREAM in 2015, where she was a 6th and 8th grade social studies teacher at East Harlem Middle School. She continued to grow and develop as a leader at DREAM as she became a grade team lead, Academic Dean and most recently Principal in Residence. In this role, Alison fell in love with adult learning, building capacity in others, and leading with excellence in mind. After serving as an Academic Dean for 4 years, Alison is honored to transition into the Principal role where she can continue to serve the staff, students and families of East Harlem Middle School.
Alison earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Emory University and her Masters Degree at Georgia State University through Teach for America. Alison also completed the New Leaders Aspiring Principal Program in 2020. Alison is committed to being a lifelong learner, a partner with all families here at DREAM, and supporting a school environment where students can fail, persist, and exceed.
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
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.