Highbridge Elementary School
At DREAM Highbridge 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
teachers in every classroom
years in a row of DREAM scholars outperforming their city and state peers in testing
voices from our community
- Sheerece Claxton, DREAM Parent
Elementary School Principal
Shannel Richardson, founding Principal of DREAM Highbridge Elementary School, began her career as an elementary school teacher in a high performing charter school in Harlem. There, Shannel served as a K-2 teacher for 7 years and an Assistant Principal for 2 years. Shannel then transitioned to Harlem Village Academy, where she served for 3 years as an ELA Instructional and Cultural Director for Grades 3-5. Shannel was drawn to DREAM because of its deep commitment to the community and to developing the whole child. At DREAM, Shannel chose to return to the classroom as a 5th grade teacher to gain the perspective of the a DREAM teacher before moving back into leadership.
Part of Shannel’s vision for Highbridge is to provide an equitable opportunity for all students and for families and staff to work collaboratively to ensure the success of the school community. Shannel holds a Master’s Degree in Early Education from Columbia University Teachers College.
At DREAM, we believe that every child deserves a beautiful space to play, learn, and grow. The power of place – including being deeply embedded in a community – is critical to our education model. Check back for details about DREAM Highbridge Elementary School’s location, opening its doors to our first class of kindergarteners in Fall 2022.
Pictured above: DREAM’s flagship location at 1991 2nd Avenue in East Harlem.
DREAM’s curriculum ensures rigorous, culturally responsive and critically conscious instruction that teaches children to engage in critical thinking about complex and socially relevant ideas. Our curriculum provides opportunities to build student independence and access their creative expression. Students collaborate with peers across content areas that include:
- Shared Reading
- Interactive Read Aloud
- Guided Reading
- Phonics Instruction
- Cognitively Guided Instruction
- Problem Solving
- Math Workshop
- Taught explicitly during Morning Meeting and Ruler
- Reinforced through the components above
All DREAM students have access to our free afterschool and summer programming as part of our extended-day, extended-year model.