Dream Center Academy

High School Program

Our High School Program

The Dream Center Academy high-school program is intentionally designed to keep our students on target to graduate college-career ready. Our high-school program plan provides students with a four-week summer program and ongoing support throughout their school year.

Our summer program operates 4 weeks and includes 4 community tours, a 4-week service project, academic study skill sessions, a summer book club, 1 field trip and 1 college tour per grade level. Our students also engage in summer job shadowing and internship experiences as follows:

  • Rising 10th – Job shadow at various locations

  • Rising 11th – Intern at the Academy, for a scheduled week

  • Rising 12th – Individual Internships at selected businesses 

Our school-year programming provides weekly support visits to our students’ high schools, after-school academic tutoring 2 days per week, enrichment clubs 2 days per week, quarterly field trips and/or service projects, and quarterly whole-group support meetings.

Summer Classes and After-school tutoring

Academic Classes strengthen students’ academic skills and prepare them for advanced classes.

Enrichment clubs

Enrichment Clubs broaden students’ experiences and support their personal development.

College tours

College Tours provide our students with a first-hand view of college life and inform their decision for their future.

community tours

Community Tours expose students to the exceptional aspects of our community and deepen their sense of pride for our community.

job shadowing & internships

Shadowing and internships allow students to gain valuable work experience and explore career opportunities.

career development planning

Career Development assists students with investigating, planning, and pursuing a career of their choice.

A Message from our High School Coordinator

“All children can learn– maybe not in the same day or the same way; but all children can learn.” -Dr. Ed Sadler, Esteemed GCS Superintendent (1995-2006)

Dear High School Students,

I am a proud product of Gaston County Schools and experienced Dr. Sadler’s charge of my teachers (at the time) first hand.  During my schooling here, I was blessed enough to witness the power of belief when it comes to student success and accomplishments. Now, I consider myself even more blessed as we get to witness YOU grow and develop as empowered students who own their learning with new doors opening at every step. I learn something new from you all everyday–thank you.   As your High School Coordinator, I am here to help you minimize barriers and actualize your goals. I am going to stand in your corner and help you see the power and magic of your beliefs as you hold yourself more accountable, climbing and reaching for higher and higher goals.   I am proud of you and I believe in you–do you?

-Mr. McGarity


How To Apply for DCA

All DCA students participate in an application process.  DCA seeks a diverse group of students who each bring a unique and valuable perspective of Gaston to the Academy.  We look for students who show some interest or spark in school and who would benefit from an encouraging, enriching and supportive academic environment. DCA seeks families who are committed to the student’s success and are willing to fully participate in the Dream Center Academy program.  

Call For Inquiry

(980) 525 – 9080

Mail For Inquiry


Step 1:

Elementary school principals, guidance counselors and teachers nominate students.

Step 2:

Parents and students receive an application packet to complete and return.

Step 3:

DCA scores the applications.

Step 4:

Parents receive acceptance notification through US mail. 

Step 5:

An Acceptance Dinner is held for our new class of students. 





Received passing grades



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