The integration of the four core pillars of our work—academics, social-emotional learning, family and community engagement, and health and wellness—distinguishes DREAM and drives our strong outcomes. As a result, all DREAM scholars graduate ready to embark on best-fit college and career paths—with the power and support of the entire DREAM community behind them.
All kids can. This kid can.
This maxim is more than just a motto—it’s our belief that every child has limitless potential, and our scholars embody this every day.
DREAM Charter High School has a 96% graduation rate
YOUTH MADE SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL GAINS
Two-thirds of youth in grades K-12 experienced growth in SEL competencies over the course of the school year
DREAM students outperform on tests.
Our students regularly outperform district, city, and state peers' test results
In a typical summer, our K–5th grade REAL Kids spend
hours reading, writing, and working in the classroom
hours throwing, catching, and hitting on the ballfield
hours developing social-emotional competencies with caring coaches and peers
as a result
Since 2010, 97% of our REAL Kids summer program participants have avoided summer learning loss. This remained true even after pivoting to remote programming in summer 2020—a true testament to the efficacy of our Whole Child approach.
DREAM is family
Our families are our scholars’ first teachers, and their partnership is critical. We value being able to work alongside our families to create the best outcomes for our scholars, while deepening our roots within our communities. But don’t just take it from us, see how our families feel.
of families say their child's identity is valued at DREAM
of families say that their child feels safe at DREAM
of families are satisfied with opportunities to be involved in their child’s education
of families report that their child is learning what they need to succeed in college and beyond
“The staff at DREAM have changed [my son’s] life tremendously. DREAM is always there for us; a problem is never too big for them. I would advise any parent to try to get their kid into DREAM.”
- Mel, DREAM Parent
Continue to DREAM Big
DREAM alumni, known as Legends, have a rich history of postsecondary success. DREAM’s robust support systems are a big part of that - including 6 years of guaranteed postsecondary support. In school and out-of-school, we believe in youth voice and choice, and know that postsecondary success isn’t a one-size-fits-all model. We are proud to support our scholars through college and direct-to-career upward pathways so that they can realize their vision of success.
- Barnard College
- Brown University
- CUNY Lehman College
- CUNY Queens College
- Fashion Institute of Technology
- George Washington University
- Howard University
- New York University
- Notre Dame Law School
- University of Pennsylvania
- Skidmore College
- Stanford University
- SUNY at Albany
- SUNY at Buffalo
- SUNY at New Paltz
- Tufts University
- Yale University
- Memorial Sloan Kettering
- Mount Sinai
- Neiman Marcus
- New York University
- NYC Health + Hospitals
2022 year in review
DREAM’s generational impact is one of the things that sets DREAM apart – for our students, families, staff, and supporters. Explore our 2022 Year in Review to see how DREAM is making deep, long-term investments in the communities we serve.