An Achievable Dream

An Achievable Dream (AAD) is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to the belief that all children can learn and succeed regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds. AAD operates two nationally recognized K-12 schools in partnership with the Newport News public school system and a third school, serving K-3 grade students, in partnership with Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

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It is our mission to motivate all students to excel in academic achievement, to instill respect for themselves and adult leaders, and to teach core human values by providing a social, academic, and moral education. Through a challenging, disciplined environment, we enable each child to develop an achievable dream that will light their way to success and life as a productive citizen.
An Achievable Dream has received numerous local, state and national awards for excellence in education. The faculty and staff go beyond academics to provide students with a well-rounded education through the comprehensive SAME® (social, academic, and moral education) curriculum, and the opportunity to take part in engaging enrichment activities during both the academic day and hours spent outside of school. AAD High School has a graduation rate of 100%, with 95% of our students continuing to college.

AAD students annually score equal or better than top Virginia students on state SOL exams
AAD students pursue a rigorous academic curriculum; nearly all enroll in honors and advance placement classes during their high school careers
Every AAD student must participate in community service projects during the school year
AAD alumni have attended:
American University
Chowan University
College of William & Mary Law School
Concordia College
Elizabeth City State University
Ferrum University
George Mason University
Hampton University
Howard University
James Madison University
Johnson C. Smith University
Liberty University
Lincoln Technical Institute
Mary Baldwin College
Marymount College
Morehouse College
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University
North Carolina Wesleyan
Old Dominion University
Radford University
Seton Hall University
Shaw University
St. Augustine's College
St. Paul's College
Thomas Nelson Community College
Tidewater Community College
US. Naval Academy
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia State University
Virginia Tech
Virginia Union University
Virginia Wesleyan University
Winston-Salem State University
Franklin Roberson
Class of 2004, Alan and Beverly Diamonstein Scholar
"If it were not for An Achievable Dream, I know I would not be where I am today."
Franklin Roberson is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. Roberson attributes his success to the An Achievable Dream program. "Some people say the military has changed me. I simply reply with, 'No, it hasn't; the military has only provided me with the environment, and I chose to use the discipline to be successful.' This discipline was instilled in me back in 1996 when I was chosen to be a part of the Achievable Dream program."

Amon Everett
Class of 2006, Smithfield Foods Scholar
"An Achievable Dream has been with me every step of the way. The teachers believed in me and encouraged me to never let my dreams die and to never give up."
Amon Everett joined the Army following graduation and served in Egypt during Operation Enduring Freedom. He became a police officer with the City of Norfolk in June 2009.

Bathsheba Smithen
Class of 2002, Mary Cox-Hughes Scholar
"With the support of An Achievable Dream, education became one of my most valuable possessions. I'll never forget one of the sayings we said every morning, "I can go to college if I work hard." The more I repeated this statement, the more college became a reality. Not only that, but being exposed to activities such as the opera, tennis and plays, opened my mind to a whole new world that I would never have experienced."
While in college, Bathsheba Smithen was rejected by her mother. Two years later, she graduated with a biology degree from Virginia Tech. No family member attended her graduation; however, friends and mentors from An Achievable Dream came in support. Following undergraduate school, she enrolled in the George Mason University (GMU) masters degree program in Health Policy and Administration. Shortly after, her mother abandoned her three brothers. Assuming full custody of her brothers, she graduated from GMU and is now teaching critical reading at Trinity Washington University and travels as a motivational speaker and performer. A published writer, poet and motivational speaker, Smithen was named a "first-rate thinker" by world-renowned poet Dr. Nikki Giovanni.