Extended Year

New York City public schools only require students to attend school for 186 days each year. At DREAM, we recognize the opportunity we have to develop and nurture our students’ minds at an early age, and invest 207 days each year in doing so.

DREAM Charter School’s annual calendar makes sure that DREAM students are in school for more time, without unnecessarily long breaks in learning. We have two shorter ‘recess periods’ during the summer months rather than one extended vacation, and all students must attend a six-week summer literacy, sports and enrichment program. DREAM’s summer program is designed to prevent students from suffering summer learning loss, a typical problem for at-risk students after having long summer vacations.


“The goal of our academic program is to develop critical thinkers who are actively engaged in their own learning.” 

- Eve Colavito

Head of School

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