About Us

An Achievable Dream (AAD) is a nationally recognized K–12 program dedicated to the belief that all children can learn and succeed regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Through unique public/private partnerships with Newport News Public Schools (NNPS) and Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBSPS), An Achievable Dream operates two elementary and one middle and high school. The public school systems provide instructional and support elements common to all city schools, including basic curriculum and staffing, student services, transportation, food service, and maintenance. An Achievable Dream, Inc., a 501(c)(3) raises funds for and operates additional components that contribute significantly to the programs’ effectiveness. The faculty and staff go beyond academics to provide students with a well-rounded education through the comprehensive SAME (social, academic and moral education) curriculum, state-of-the-art technology, and extensive extracurricular, experiential and cultural activities.

Without An Achievable Dream, many of our students would not have the opportunities they need to succeed in school and in life. The focus at all grade levels is that college and successful careers are achievable for everyone. Our graduates continue their education and have become, among other careers, lawyers, teachers, engineers, and naval officers.

 

Core Values

Belief
We believe that all children can achieve their dreams.

Equity
We are committed to providing students with equitable access to resources and opportunities.

Whatever It Takes
We will do “whatever it takes” to ensure our students succeed. We are solutions-focused, and we are resilient in the face of obstacles.

Partnerships
We value collaboration with our partners: school divisions, businesses, colleges and universities, military, law enforcement, first responders, health systems, local and municipal governments, and non-profits.

Relationships
We prioritize relationships with students, families, donors, partners, and each other based on respect, connection, and trust. Our relationships are authentic and purposeful.

Continuous Improvement
We are data-driven, employing rigorous and ongoing evaluation, and we prioritize professional development and innovation.

Systematic Impact
We work toward long-term community impact, We are focused on hope for our students’ futures.

Organizational Integrity
We emphasize skilled management and a customer-service mindset. We work with integrity and we are intentional about accountability. We focus on results, data governance, and board governance. We strive for financial sustainability.