An Achievable Dream Graduates Largest Class

An Achievable Dream’s Class of 2015 received their diplomas to rousing cheers of family and friends during a ceremony at CNU’s Ferguson Center for the Arts on Thursday, June 4. All members of the class, most of whom have been together since early elementary school, are going on to college, a trade school or the… Read more »

Seatack Elementary, An Achievable Dream Academy Wins Award

Seatack Elementary, An Achievable Dream Academy was given a “Virginia Beach Best All Around” Award from the Virginia Beach Youth Opportunities Office and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation during the 37th Annual Virginia Beach’s Best All Around Awards ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  The awards were presented by Mayor Will Sessoms and keynote speaker,… Read more »

An Achievable Dream Raises More Than $6,000 during Give Local 757

During Give Local 757, a 24-hour fundraising event held May 5-6, 2015, An Achievable Dream raised more than $6,000 from 77 Donors; ranking #12 out of 160+ participating nonprofits. Held in conjunction with Give Local America and sponsored by the Peninsula, Suffolk and Southeast Virginia Community Foundations, the event encouraged online donations through the website to… Read more »

An Achievable Dream and Give Local 757

An Achievable Dream is partnering with the Peninsula Community Foundation on Give Local 757, an exciting fundraising event where “everyone can be a philanthropist.” For 24 hours, beginning Tuesday, May 5th at noon online donations may be made to An Achievable Dream through the website. Donations may also be made in person at any Langley… Read more »

Speakers Enhance Learning

Presentations by community leaders during the Morning Programs at An Achievable Dream Academy and An Achievable Dream Middle and High School enhance student experience and our character development program. A variety of topics are discussed, from careers to education, current events, healthy living and sports, among others. Middle school students are also getting involved, forming teams… Read more »

Winter 2015 Achievements

Catch up on the latest news from An Achievable Dream. Click here to read the Winter 2015 Achievements newsletter. To join our mailing list for Achievements and event mailings, send your information via email to To receive the Power of the Dream, a monthly email newsletter, scroll down and complete the form under Stay Connected.  

Smithfield Foods Sponsoring Class of 2015

Smithfield Foods was named the sponsor of An Achievable Dream’s Class of 2015 during the 22nd Annual Tennis Ball, held on November 15, 2014 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The announcement followed a rousing standing ovation as the senior class entered the ballroom dressed in graduation caps and gowns to the music of Pomp… Read more »

AAD Middle and High School Closed Today due to Flooding

Please note: An Achievable Dream Middle and High School is closed today, Tuesday, September 9, due to flooding.Students will be returned to their bus stops when possible. Students whose bus stops cannot be reached due to road conditions will be taken to Heritage High School for the remainder of the day. The Academy IS OPEN… Read more »

An Achievable Dream Starts in Virginia Beach

Students lined up in front of Seatack Elementary in Virginia Beach early on July 21, eager to shake hands with teachers and administrators. Shaking hands with teachers, administrators and military personnel from NAS Oceana will be a part of students’ new daily routine. Read full article from Inside Business here.

Summer Intersession Begins In Virginia Beach

Seatack Elementary, An Achievable Dream Academy opened on Monday, July 21 in Virginia Beach for Summer Intersession. Students were met by teachers and administrators for the daily handshake before proceeding to their new classrooms. During the two week orientation program, students will learn about the Morning Program and will begin social rotation classes. “We had a wonderful first… Read more »

En Pointe Dancers Awarded National Championship

An Achievable Dream Academy’s En Pointe Dancers were named National Champions in Myrtle Beach, SC during the weekend of July 12-13, 2014. The troupe competed against 36 other elementary age dance groups from around the country. Their performance of “Wade in the Water” earned a High Platinum score and 1st Place finish for their performance as well… Read more »

Sculptor Ed Hamilton Visits Art Students

In Newport News for the dedication of his latest public works sculpture, Ed Hamilton visited with students at An Achievable Dream Middle and High School on Friday, May 16, 2014. Hamilton heard about An Achievable Dream and wanted to share his story with the students, encouraging them to pursue their dreams no matter how large. He… Read more »

Kim Bates Named NNPS Middle School Teacher of the Year

Kim Bates, an Instructional Technology Coach at An Achievable Dream Middle and High School, is the Newport News Public School Middle School Teacher of the Year. After completing Old Dominion University’s Career Switcher Program, education became Bates’ third career. She started her teaching career at Crittenden Middle School in technology education and has worked as… Read more »

Sponsors Enjoy a Special Lunch

Students from An Achievable Dream Academy and An Achievable Dream Middle and High School hosted board members and sponsors during the annual Sponsors’ Day luncheon on April 25. Attendees enjoyed a Chick-fil-A lunch, talked with students, and exchanged business cards before the program – “An Achievable Dream Presents Kid YOU!” – featuring students taking on… Read more »

Miss Virginia Visits An Achievable Dream

Desiree Williams, Miss Virginia 2013, visited An Achievable Dream Academy and Middle and High School on Tuesday, March 18. In addition to participating in the Academy’s daily handshake and morning program, Williams met with members of the GEMS (Girls Educated and Motivated for Success) and the high school 3.0 Club to talk about goal setting.

Local Businesses Support An Achievable Dream

Three small businesses in Hampton Roads have joined Washington D.C.-based Heart of America Foundation to support An Achievable Dream students. Starting today and running through March 2, Phillips Energy, Consociate Media and Sara Harris Photography will donate $1 for each new like on their Facebook pages to The Heart of America Foundation, which will use… Read more »

Daily Press Feb. 15 Letters: An Achievable Dream perspective

On Saturday, February 15, 2014, the Daily Press featured Letters to the Editor written by 8th graders at An Achievable Dream Middle School.  The students were asked to write about their community and provided insight into their neighborhoods. For the complete transcript of the letters, go to the Daily Press online at,0,7649186.story

An Achievable Dream Names Kathy Edwards Permanent President and Chief Executive Officer

The Boards of Directors of An Achievable Dream have named Kathy Edwards as the permanent president and chief executive officer of the non-profit organization. Edwards, who began with An Achievable Dream in 2000 as its director of development and communications and advanced to chief operating officer, has been the interim president and CEO since November. … Read more »

An Achievable Dream Featured in Tennis Magazine

An Achievable Dream and Walter Segaloff are featured in the November/December 2013 issue of Tennis magazine, The Heroes of Tennis Issue. AAD and Mr. Segaloff are profiled along such tennis greats as Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, and more! Read the article at