DREAM Charter School aims to create an outstanding school with high achieving students. To do this, we increase the amount of time we spend teaching our children, to ensure they have more opportunities to learn and grow. This approach stands in stark contrast to the vast majority of schools in the East Harlem community and puts our students on track to be exceptional, lifelong learners.
drEAM Charter School's Extended Day hours are as follows
Grades K-1, Monday - Friday, 8:00AM to 3:45PM
Grades 2-5, Monday - Friday, 8:00AM to 4:00PM
Grade 6-7, Monday - Friday, 8:00AM to 5:30PM
All DREAM students are also invited to be a part of Harlem RBI's REAL Kids (Reading and Enrichment Academy for Learning) After-School Program. The REAL Kids program uses the power of team activity to help youth develop academic, social and emotional skills. REAL Kids instills a love of reading in participants that will last a life time. Youth also play in competitive baseball and softball leagues and learn about healthy nutritional habits. Please refer to the Harlem RBI's website for more information.
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.