An Achievable Dream
An Achievable Dream (AAD) is a non-profit organization that operates two nationally recognized K-12 schools in partnership with a public school system. Dedicated to the belief that all children can learn and succeed regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds, and that education can break the cycle of poverty, AAD offers a quality education in a nurturing environment, the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with caring adults, and the chance to take part in engaging enrichment activities during both the academic day and hours spent outside of school.
Currently home to 1250 “Dreamers,” An Achievable Dream Academy and Middle and High School go beyond academics to provide students with a comprehensive SAME (Social, Academic, Moral Education) education, serving to develop productive citizens upon graduation. The schools use an extended day, Saturday school and a summer intersession, along with the involvement of local businesses, government agencies and the military to provide mentors, financial support and extra assistance for the students.
The success of An Achievable Dream has spawned interest from school systems throughout the country and garnered national recognition. An Achievable Dream has been honored with a “Break the MoldSchool” award from Business Week, the Reader’s Digest American Heroes in Education Award, the National School of Character award, Mutual of America’s 2003 Community Partnership Award and the 2006 Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders Award. In November 2009, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited the schools and declared An Achievable Dream “a model for the nation.”
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