While many schools emphasize academics and social-emotional learning, DREAM also equally champions health and wellness along with in-depth family and community engagement. The integration of these four core pillars of our work distinguishes DREAM and drives successful outcomes for our scholars, families, and communities.
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.
In 2021, DREAM Charter High School’s first-ever senior class had a 100% graduation rate
OF YOUTH MADE SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL GAINS
73% of youth in grades K-12 experienced growth in SEL competencies over the course of the school year
OF OUTPERFORMING ON ELA AND MATH TESTS
Our students regularly outperform district, city, and state peers
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 feel welcome at DREAM
of families say that DREAM has high expectations for their child
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
2021 marks the graduation year of DREAM Charter High School’s founding class - but DREAM has a rich history of postsecondary success with our out-of-school program participants. 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
2021 year in review
In another unprecedented year, DREAM’s commitment to meeting our families’ needs – academic, financial, physical, and social-emotional – meant more than ever. Learn how we kept our promises to our families and hear their stories in our 2021 Year in Review.