DREAM Charter School is a model learning community with high expectations, a strong culture of care and a vision of student success and excellence. DREAM was established in 2008, after its institutional partner, Harlem RBI, recognized the need for better access to education for the East Harlem community. Harlem RBI is a youth development organization with a 23-year history of working in East Harlem.
By the time students graduate DREAM, they are expected to embody the following school values:
Diversity: We believe in inclusion and we recognize the unique strengths of all people.
Respect: We show respect for ourselves and seek to understand and honor other perspectives.
Effort and Enthusiasm: We work hard and persevere through challenges; we learn from our mistakes and are not afraid to take risks. We love to learn!
Achievement: We have a relentless drive to fulfill our potential and reach our goals.
Mindfulness: We are aware of our needs as learners, our impact on others, and our responsibility to the community.
All within a Team: We believe in the power of collaboration and community.
DREAM currently serves 350 students in kindergarten through sixth grade, and will grow one grade each year until it reaches capacity at 450 students, grades K-8.
DREAM Charter School's mission is to prepare students for high-performing high schools, colleges and beyond through a rigorous academic program that develops critical thinkers who demonstrate a love of learning, strong character, and a commitment to wellness and active citizenship. DREAM Charter School inspires all students to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.
DREAM Charter School develops life-long learners who make positive change in their communities and the world. DREAM graduates understand that a healthy and resilient body enhances an active and critical mind. Our graduates have the skills and habits of mind to tackle complex challenges, engage in spirited debate, innovate and inspire.