SAME (Social, Academic, Moral Education)

SAMEThe SAME (Social, Academic, Moral Education) program gives students comprehensive instruction on the skills necessary for success in today’s workplace as well as in day-to-day living.

For the Social Component, students have rotations through classes such as etiquette, conflict resolution, ethics and financial know-how. In addition, students have access to 49 different clubs and various extra-curricular activities.

For the Academic component, AAD has a year-round schedule with a summer intersession that lasts four weeks. The school day extends from elementary to secondary from six and half hours to eight and a half hours a day, and there are opportunities for Saturday school. In order to assess student performance and achievement, AAD has pre- and post-testing at the grade level and uses that data to tailor the student's individual needs.

The Moral component instructs and instills in students the values they need to be good citizens. AAD institutionalizes high expectations of students and teachers in character development. Parents and students must sign educational contracts and each school day begins with a focus on climate and culture.

AAD’s Success Rate:

An Achievable Dream students have an average daily attendance of 96.9% - and for the past three years have had a 100% on-time graduation rate (it has an average of 98% since 2001). Additionally, 93% of the class of 2014 graduated wth an advanced studies diploma.

AAD Alumni have attendedthe following post-secondary educational institutions:

  • American University
  • Art Institute of Virginia Beach
  • Bryant and Stratton College
  • Cittone Institute
  • Chowan College
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Concordia College
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Ferrum University
  • Hampton University
  • Howard University
  • James Madison University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Liberty University
  • Lincoln Technical Institute
  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Marymount College
  • Morehouse College
  • Norfolk State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Carolina State University
  • North Carolina Wesleyan
  • Old Dominion University
  • Radford University
  • Richard Bland College
  • Seton Hall University
  • Shaw University
  • Saint Augustine’s University
  • The Apprentice Scool
  • Thomas Nelson Comm. College
  • Tidewater Community College
  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Virginia Union University
  • Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Winston-Salem State University