east harlem
elementary school

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Currently enrolling for Grades K-5

1991 2nd Ave, New York NY, 10029

Bienvenido a
Escuela Primaria East Harlem

At DREAM East Harlem Elementary 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


student/teacher ratio


teachers in every classroom


years in a row of our scholars outperforming their city and state peers in testing

voices from our community

“DREAM has changed my family for the better and my boys love it there. I remember when Jonathan first started. He was being bullied at his current school; his grades were low and so was his confidence. DREAM helped him build that confidence in wanting to push forward and do better. Now he’s in high school and on a great path.”

- Vanessa Castillo, DREAM Mom

Meet Principal
Renee Canales

Renee holds a Masters Degree in Special Education from Hunter College - and that’s the passion that led her to DREAM. She’s been a member of the DREAM family since 2008.
read her bio

place matters

At DREAM, we believe that every child deserves a beautiful space to play, learn, and grow. East Harlem Elementary 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 curriculum

Rigorous Academics:

  • Literacy: Guided Reading, Interactive Read Aloud, Phonics Instruction, Shared Text, and Close Reading
  • Math: Cognitive Guided Instruction (CGI) Math Routines, and Math Workshop
  • Art: Visual and Performing Arts
  • Music: Theory of Music and Instrumental Music
  • Physical Education: Sports, Health, and Games

Social Emotional Learning:

  • Explicit SEL Instruction: RULER (Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence)
  • SEL Skills: Small Group Instruction, and embedded SEL Instruction, Responsive circles & Morning Meeting

All DREAM students have access to our free afterschool and summer programming as part of our extended-day, extended-year model.

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