Through the SAME (social, academic and moral education) curriculum, Dreamers learn to focus on goals and how academic achievement and personal decisions can make those goals a reality. By establishing a culture of discipline and a focus on performance, academic excellence and closing the achievement gap, An Achievable Dream our students often outperform their affluent counterparts.
Achievement on Standardized Test Scores
One of the most far-reaching problems facing American Schools is how to close the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged students and their affluent classmates and between minority and white children. Whether it's at the national, state or local level, an achievement gap of 25 to 40 percentage points consistently exists.
- An Achievable Dream first closed the achievement gap between Dreamers and their Caucasian counterparts across the City of Newport News in 2002.
- On the 2008 8th Grade Math Standards of Learning tests, An Achievable Dream students outperformed their statewide counterparts by 7%, and outperformed their citywide counterparts by 11%.
- 100% of Dreamers taking Algebra 2 in 2008 passed their Standards of Learning tests. Geometry students had a 96% pass rate, and Geography had a 95% pass rate.
Additional 2008 Scores: