Model Program

Achievable Dream Schools

10858 Warwick Boulevard, Suite A
Newport News, VA 23605

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Contact Information:
Timothy Sweeny
Principal grades 6-12

Program Specification:






Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School


School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


An Achievable Dream (AAD) is a dream shared collectively by many, many individuals, organizations and businesses to help children of poverty. AAD is a nonprofit, year-round, extended day public school borne out of its founder's belief that all children can learn and succeed regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds; and that education can break the cycle of poverty. We strive to close the achievement gap that currently exists in American education and to ensure our students become productive citizens contributing positively to society.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Community Collaboration, Extended-School/Summer Program, Life Skills Training, Study Skills

Starting Date: 1992
Students Served Per Year: 250-500
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low educational expectations

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Personalized instruction and learning
  • Rigorous and relevant instruction
  • Academic support
  • Instruction on behavior and social skills
  • Supportive school climate
  • Encourage family involvement/community supports

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Program Staff Includes:

State Agencies
School Districts

School Administrators

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Supporting / Partner Organizations:


Newport News Public Schools, the City of Newport News, our business partners, the soldiers from Ft. Eustis and deputy sheriffs from Newport News who volunteer their time, the Rotary Club of the Virginia Peninsula, our friends at the United States Tennis Association

Evaluation Information:

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.

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