Will children who live outside the Seatack Elementary School zone be able to apply or be considered for AAD enrollment? Hi Niyah - Right now, the program would be zoned and not open for applications.
Seatack Elementary to Host the Program
Seatack Elementary will host the An Achievable Dream program beginning in July of 2014. Plans are to begin with kindergarten, first grade and second grade for the 2014-15 school year. A grade level will be added each year until the program reaches grade 12. This means in three 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.
What Is An Achievable Dream?
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.
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Please explain how the schools that are selected for this program are determined. For example, why Seatack Elem instead of Birdneck Elem. Why Seatack Elem instead of Cooke Elem? Thanks for your response. Hi Tracy - While the decision is still being made on which school will be the best fit, Seatack has become a frontrunner due to its building capacity, student achievement data, the socioeconomic makeup of its communities and its proximity to Birdneck Elementary. In the latter case, proximity to a second school is important because while An Achievable Dream program will be for the students zoned at the selected school, there will be cases when parents do not want to avail themselves of the extended school year/day. In this case, Birdneck would be available to receive students whose parents wish to apply for out-of-zone transfers for them. In turn, it is possible Birdneck parents may also be able to apply for out-of-zone transfers for their children should there be room in the program.
What kind of job opportunities are available and when? Do I apply online?
I think this is an excellent program with a world of opportunities. It would be great if all schools could participate. My child would benefit from it but we are to far away, we are in the Creeds Elementary zone. I hope that the program will be offered at all schools in the future. A good education is so important in life. The elementary school children are our future. Glad the program is making its way to Virginia Beach.
Dear Dale Holt or Shirann Lewis: I am writing to express my interest in working within this new SAME program. I am currently an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Tutor for Virginia Beach Public Schools. I am already background checked and have excellent reviews of my work with middle schoolers. Also, I have a Master of Arts degree in Telecommunications from San Diego State University. I have two children attending universities and I had a large part in their academic, moral and social success. Please consider me for a position within this exciting program. I believe I could make a positive difference for the students who attend this program. Thank you for your time and attention. Sincerely, Jennifer Treadway [email protected] 619-206-3227