Our Top Questions

How can my child apply?

Check out our middle school program page to see how students apply to our program. 

Does it cost to be in the program?

It is totally FREE to our students and their families!

What if our student plays a middle school sport?

We encourage our students to pursue what they are passionate about, and as long as the student and family maintain partial attendance, there is not an issue.

Is the academy everyday?

We are operating on four days a week in cooperation with the Gaston County school schedule at this time. 

Do you offer transportation?

Due to COVID-19, we are not able to offer transportation at this time.

Is the program offered year-round?

Yes! Our program is offered year-round in coordinations with Gaston County Schools. 

Do you offer tutoring?

We have certified teachers on staff who help all our students year-round reach their full potential no matter if it on daily homework or studying for a test.

Our Executive Director

“I believe in the vision of DCA – to build generations of students who become college/career-ready graduates and productive citizens of our community. I am privileged to work with an outstanding staff who believe in our vision and who believe in our students. It is our joy to invest in the lives of our students and watch them grow into the individuals they have the potential to become.”

- Roxann Jimison


SEPT 8, 2020

Start of after-school academy 2020-21

SEPT 22, 2020

How to support your student parent event with GCS @6:30 Zoom 

Oct 2 & 16, 2020

DCA Drive-In – A night of social distancing

Dream Center Academy

Making A Lasting Impact One Dream At A Time









COVID-19 Community Resources

Fall Academy 2020

DCA plans to reopen for After-school Programming on Tuesday, September 8. We will operate on a similar schedule (Plan B) for face-to-face learning as Gaston County Schools. Our days of operation will be Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Our hours of operation will be from 3:00-6:00 for middle-school programming and from 3:30-5:30 for high-school programming. More detailed information coming soon. 

About Us

Dream Center Academy is a community organization that dreams of a better future for our world, our country, our community, and our students.  Located in the western part of the Gaston community, Dream Center Academy serves brilliant students who know they are capable of incredible things. They are students who dream of a better self and a better world.

Our students are individuals created with gifts and talents to share.  We support our students along their journey from the beginning of middle school through high-school  graduation, helping them to pursue their dreams and grow as individuals who use their gifts and talents to make a difference in the lives around them.  We are a part of the community in which we live and therefore have a responsibility to give back to that community-  to make a difference.

The Dream Center Academy middle-school program is intentionally designed to keep our students on target in middle school and prepared for a successful transition to 9th grade. We provide our students with a five-week summer and a daily after-school program throughout their middle-school years. 

The Dream Center Academy high-school program is intentionally designed to keep our students on target for graduating college-or career-ready. We provide our students with summer and after-school programming throughout their high-school years. 

Who We Are

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to empower students to own their education by developing the academic and social skills to succeed in school and beyond. We accomplish this mission by providing high-quality summer and after-school programming. Our vision is to build generations of students who become college-and career-ready graduates and productive citizens of our community.

Get In Touch


635 S Myrtle School Rd,

Gastonia, NC 28052

Academy Hours

M-F 10:00am – 6:00pm
Weekends: Closed

Phone & Email

(704) 671-2254

Volunteer Highlight 

We are so thankful for our 2019 Volunteer of the Year, Jaime Whyte. Jaimie has been a consistent part of the DCA community since 2019. Dentist by day, but constant Dream Center Volunteer in the evenings. He has been our soccer and basketball coach and a steady source of encouragement for our students. Jaimie is the essence of kindness, but more than that, he comes in with high hopes for our students because he believes in their bright futures just as much as we do. He has been a fundamental part of our ever-growing team. The Academy wants to say how grateful we are for him and acknowledge that he has been such an asset to our community. Thank you, Jaimie Whyte! We couldn’t do it without you!



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Get In Touch

Location: 635 S Myrtle School Rd, Gastonia, NC 28052

Telephone: (704) 671-2254

Email: rjimison@dreamcenteracademy.com

Academy Hours: M-F 10:00am – 6:00pm