Our Program

Through unique public/private partnerships with Newport News Public Schools and Virginia Beach City Public Schools, An Achievable Dream operates three schools dedicated to the belief that all children can learn and succeed and that education can break the cycle of poverty.

 

General Information

Demographics
• Upon entry, 100% of AAD students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch
• 9% of AAD students live in guardian-led (other than parents) households
• 78% of AAD students live in single parent households
• 98% of AAD students are African American

Banners
Each morning, An Achievable Dream students recite the Banners, positive affirmations that remind them of the school’s beliefs and expectations. Many years after their graduation, AAD alumni still remember – and live by – these motivational words.

The SAME (Social, Academic and Moral Education) Curriculum
AAD students learn important life skills through a specialized curriculum that includes ethics, etiquette, peaceful conflict resolution, healthy living, financial know-how, and Speaking Green®.

What it Takes Program
Through “What it Takes,” a workforce readiness program, representatives from Riverside Health System, the City of Newport News, Ferguson Enterprises, Newport News Shipbuilding, W. M. Jordan Company, TowneBank and Smithfield Foods teach our students the soft-skills needed to be successful in the workplace.

Class Sponsors
Each AAD graduating class has a sponsor that provides encouragement and the funds for annual merit college scholarships for the duration of the students’ college careers.

U. S. Army Support
The U.S. Army installation at Fort Eustis supplies a daily contingent of volunteer soldiers who play a key role in the morning program and uniform inspection at An Achievable Dream Academy. They also assist in the classroom and accompany students on field trips. The soldiers serve as role models of respect, responsibility and civic involvement.

City of Newport News Police Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies
Each day at An Achievable Dream Middle and High School, police officers and sheriff’s deputies from the City of Newport News greet Dreamers with a handshake, join them for breakfast and assist in small group activities.

U. S. Navy Support
Sailors from NAS Oceana and Dam Neck arrive at Seatack Elementary, An Achievable Dream Academy in Virginia Beach each morning to shake hands and welcome students to school. They also assist in the classroom and accompany students on field trips. The sailors serve as role models of respect, responsibility and civic involvement.

Thomas Nelson Community College
The Thomas Nelson Community College Southeast Campus is located at An Achievable Dream Middle and High School, 5720 Marshall Avenue, Newport News. TNCC classes are held in the evenings.