An Achievable Dream has been operating successfully in Newport News for 20 years. Students who participate in this program have many additional opportunities for school success and develop social, academic and moral skills (Social, Academic and Moral Education; SAME) that help them become strong adults. The program provides an
extended-day and year-round education with enrichment classes; field trips; the support of community partners and mentors who are dedicated to the welfare of students; and of course, high-quality academic instruction. In Newport News there is an An Achievable Dream Academy at the elementary level and a combined school at the middle and high school levels. The children who successfully graduate from An Achievable Dream are “sponsored” by a community partner that supports their college education.
Seatack Elementary is the host of the An Achievable Dream program which began with kindergarten, first grade and second grade in the 2014-15 school year. A grade level will
be added each year until the program reaches grade 12. This means in the coming years
a secondary location will be added to ensure that Seatack students will graduate having
had the benefit of An Achievable Dream over the long-term.