In 2010, the nation’s first “Dreamer School” was established. The school, Alder Elementary, is one of the poorest schools in the state. Alder Elementary faces incredible challenges: Approximately 450 of the 600 students speak English as a second language, 94 percent receive free or reduced lunches, and nearly twenty percent are homeless.
Despite these difficulties, the school is now meeting all federal benchmarks for reading, math, and attendance. The Dreamer School is now serving as a beacon of light for the community. Students are able to receive the “I Have a Dream” proven combination of core services: a long-term relationship with a caring adult, mentoring, tutoring, and a “culture of college” in school and at home.