Highbridge elementary school

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Welcome to
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

“DREAM has been family since the very first day. From the administrative staff during registration, all the way up to the warm welcoming morning greetings ... I could not have selected a better school for my child."

- Sheerece Claxton, DREAM Parent

Meet Principal
Shannel Richardson

Shannel Richardson, founding Principal of DREAM Highbridge Elementary School, began her career as an elementary school teacher and was drawn to DREAM because of its deep commitment to the community.
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place matters

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.

our curriculum

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
  • Writing


  • Cognitively Guided Instruction
  • Problem Solving
  • Math Workshop
  • Science

The Arts

  • Art
  • Music

Physical Education

  • Sports
  • Recess

Social-Emotional Learning

  • 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.  

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