An Achievable Dream Academies

An Achievable Dream Academies is a nationally recognized K-12 program that operates four schools in partnership with Newport News Public Schools and Virginia Beach City Public Schools, serving over 1,700 students. AAD integrates an array of research-based strategies into a unique program that yields significant results in academic achievement, positive behavior, and the development of critical life skills.

Key Program Elements Include:

  • Extended Academic Time — Allowing teachers to connect with students one-on-one
  • Social, Moral & Academic — Curriculum designed to equip students to succeed outside of the classroom
  • Field Trips & Clubs — Over 60 field trips a year at no cost to AAD families
  • College Prep & Workforce Readiness Program — Including scholarship assistance and job fairs
  • School Uniforms — Uniforms erase social stigmas related to clothes
  • Enriching Partnerships — Allows students to connect with a variety of community leaders

An Achievable Dream Urban Learning Leadership Center

An Achievable Dream Urban Learning Leadership Center is the education consulting wing of our organization, which provides customizable professional learning solutions and K-12 social and emotional curriculums for individual schools and districts across the country. AADULLC enhances school culture, empowers educators, and equips students for success. Our best practices have been tested and refined over three decades at our innovative An Achievable Dream Academies in Virginia. AADULLC has become one of the most effective school improvement companies, impacting over 200 schools and 1.5 million students across the country.


Littlest Dreamers

Open to all families, our program for expectant parents and parents of children from ages 0-3, the Littlest Dreamers supports healthy development from day one. This program gives parents the opportunity to ensure their child’s education is starting off on the right foot.

Designed to form a “cohort” of parents who are a support system for one another, new or expectant parents attend a series of classes as a group during either a spring or fall session. Early education experts lead classes on health and safety, early literacy, discipline strategies, and the path to education.

The Littlest Dreamers is not just for An Achievable Dream families – it is open to ALL and is provided free of charge. Pave the way for your child’s success from cradle to college! Stay tuned for more information about the next cohort of Littlest Dreamers, which will start in early 2025.


Leading Ladies & Men in the Making

“Men in the Making” and “Leading Ladies” are dynamic two-week summer camps tailored for 8th–10th grade students in Newport News. Participants are immersed in a transformative experience filled with mentorship, inspiring guest speakers, exciting field trips, and engaging activities, all carefully crafted to incorporate key components of An Achievable Dream. This camp isn’t just about the present; it’s about shaping your future. Students who complete the two-week program and continue their journey with us through graduation will become eligible for life-changing scholarships.

Summer 2024 Camp Information and Registration

  • Dates: August 5–15, Monday-Thursday
  • Time: 10am–2pm
  • Location: The Mariners’ Museum and Park
  • Grade Levels: Rising 8th–10th graders