An Achievable Dream

An Achievable Dream develops independent, productive citizens through a Social, Academic, and Moral Education.

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With the help of NBA referee and AAD board member Tony Brothers, our goal is to raise $10,000 to send students to academic, music, and sports camps this summer. Camps provide students with:
- Opportunities for new experiences beyond the neighborhood and classroom
- Confidence-building activities
- Lifelong skills
- Hands-on application of academic concepts

With your help, our Dreamers will experience learning opportunities ranging from STEM, aviation, biomedicine, tennis, music, football, and many more!

An Achievable Dream (AAD) is a nationally recognized public/private partnership dedicated to the belief that all children can learn and succeed regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds and that education can break the cycle of poverty. An Achievable Dream (AAD) was launched in 1992 by founder Walter Segaloff and a coalition of local business and community leaders as a summer education and tennis program for at-risk third graders. Today AAD consists of four schools in Virginia and a non-profit support organization. In Newport News, AAD Academy and AAD Middle & High School serve grades K-12. The first expansion school, Seatack AAD Academy in Virginia Beach (VB), serves grades K-5. The first school outside the Hampton Roads area, AAD Certified Academy at Highland Springs Elementary in Henrico County, serves grades K-2. A grade level is being added to the latter two programs each year until they, too, will serve grades K-12.

At the core of the AAD program is our unique Social, Academic, and Moral Education (SAME®) curriculum. AAD uses time afforded by its expanded schedule to teach skills and attitudes students will need in college and their adult workplaces and communities through highly structured programs: Speaking Green® (standard business English), Etiquette, Peaceful Conflict Resolution, Ethics, Mindfulness/Healthy Living, and Financial Know-How. Components of the SAME model are taught at all grade levels using age-appropriate activities.

To achieve its mission, AAD recruits and coordinates the involvement of a host of partners. Our primary partnerships are with the public school districts of Newport News, Virginia Beach, and Henrico County, but we maintain a coalition of other community collaborators including the Newport News Sheriff's Department, Newport News Police Department, soldiers from Ft. Eustis, sailors from NAS Oceana, and Henrico County law enforcement officers and other first responders. These collaborators are essential to presenting and reinforcing the social and moral aspects of the SAME curriculum.

AAD consistently maintains a 100% on-time graduation rate; furthermore, 90-95% of our graduates enroll in college or trade school while 5-10% enter the military.
"An Achievable Dream was the difference between me becoming who I am versus who society expected me to be."
- Rashida Stevens, Class of 2004, Attorney at K&L Gates

"The principle of this program builds the foundation for students to become successful no matter their career path… The lessons I learned along the way have been valuable in more ways than I can imagine. I was once lost as a young child, not knowing what the future would hold, but it was An Achievable Dream that found something in me."
- Franklin Roberson, Class of 2004, Mechanical Engineer, U.S. Navy

"There are not enough words to explain what being a Dreamer has done for me. An Achievable Dream has provided us with opportunities that some of us could have only dreamed about. I cannot say where I would be without An Achievable Dream, but I know where I am because of it."
- Sherrelle Sardik, Class of 2006, Qualified Mental Health Professional

"An Achievable Dream is one of the most instrumental driving forces behind the person I am today. I owe this road to success to all the wonderful things this school did for me. An Achievable Dream changes and saves lives. An Achievable Dream is forever."
- Isaiah Lucas, Class of 2015, Currently pursuing Bachelor of Science in Political Science at Old Dominion University