Middle School overview
Middle School scholars in grades 6-8 prepare to successfully matriculate to high-performing high schools.
Middle school is broken down into ten Thematic Units such as “Perspectives,” “Identity” and “Citizenship,” which serve as a consistent thread that is integrated into all academic subjects and school gatherings.
DREAM’s curriculum ensures rigorous instruction that teaches children to think critically and imaginatively. Subjects include:
- English Language Arts
- Social studies & Debate
- Physical Education
- Electives: Art and Music
DreamBuilders is an optional after-school enrichment program for middle school scholars, which involves academic support, teambuilding activities, service-learning projects, and health and wellness activities. Scholars enrolled in the program also get the opportunity to participate in a variety of enrichment activities, such as creative arts, DJing, cooking, peer-to-peer mentoring, and DREAM sports teams. While enrolled in the program, scholars attend a variety of field trips hosted during school breaks.
All middle school scholars participate in DREAM University, a four-week summer program held at Manhattan College, designed to provide scholars with an authentic collegiate experience. Students engage in academic instruction, along with enrichment clubs and intramurals. On Fridays, scholars travel off-campus for day-long cultural field trips in the New York City area.
Mawena is passionate about social justice and believes that every child should have a quality education.