“Being a student at DREAM has probably been the best experience I’ve had. You come in and the advisors make you feel welcome and appreciated. They make it very clear that this school is all about the students and their interests. This is my third year here at DREAM and I couldn’t even come close to imagining going back to a traditional high-school.”
“I love that DREAM allowed me to be myself, which allowed me to find myself. I feel like DREAM has really made me ready to be an adult and have a successful career and life. ”
DREAM Technical Academy exists as a choice for students who are highly motivated, want to be challenged, want to explore new ideas, and want to learn within a small learning community; students who want to test out their dreams, who want to try on a variety of vocations and who want to make a difference in their community.
DREAM Technical Academy will provide an opportunity for students to get a jump-start on their college or career plans by connecting students to business and community leaders and mentors who will offer expertise, job shadowing opportunities, and internships. On a daily basis, students will practice and learn important 21st Century Skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and innovation, communication, problem solving, information seeking and technology literacy.
The heart of the innovation at DREAM Technical Academy is the personalized nature of the school and the focus on Project Based Learning. Through technology and an interest-based, individualized learning plan, students are advised and engaged throughout each day in ways that defy typical school learning. Students become self-directed in the development of a series of projects that meet state standards in a highly personalized way based upon their passions, interests and dreams.
As students develop their projects, they can access specific college courses, online courses or technical internships that align with their projects and will help them acquire skills required for success in the work force. Student’s time is organized individually, and may include independent work, small group work, or work outside of the building in community service, civic engagement or a work-based internship, mentorship or apprenticeship.