Our Dream Center Academy Program
Why behind what we do


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.

Our History

Dream Center Academy launched our out-of-school-time program the summer of 2017 with our first class of rising 6th graders. Each year since, a new class has joined our program. DCA students are identified as students with great academic and social potential, but, like all of us, they may face factors that could keep them from reaching their full potential. With this in mind, we purposely designed our program to serve and support our students along their journey from 6th grade to high-school graduation.  Since its inception, our program has served middle-school students. This changed the fall of 2020 as our inaugural class of students entered high school. By 2023-24, DCA will reach its goal of serving 7 classes of students ranging from 6th grade to 12th grade. 

Where we are now

Four Years in 

2020 brought many challenges, but we have continued serving our DCA community throughout COVID-19. Thanks to our amazing donors and community partners for their continued support during these tough times. Going into Year 5, we will be serving approximately 130 students and their families. We are excited about our continued growth and for what the future holds for the DCA community.



What Parents are Saying

The greatest strength of the Academy that I recognize is the staff. For me personally, I enjoy communication and how flexible the staff is. They do everything in their power to keep you in the know and make sure that your child is in good hands while they are away from you. I am greatly appreciative that my daughter got to participate in something so unique. All the support that you all have given her and to our family as well has been amazing. I can’t say enough good things about how awesome, selfless, and amazing this program is because they are actually doing everything they can to better the youth of Gaston County.

-Brian S. parent of Class 2025 student 

I absolutely love DCA. This program has got my daughter to be more social and gives her something to do after school. Although she hasn’t been in months, she speaks about DCA daily. We are so excited to return for more Dream Center.

Shontina C. Parent of Class 2025 student 

I am grateful to have my children be apart of this program. You all have gained our total support for years to come! During this COVID-19 crisis, you all went above and beyond for the children, showing that the staff at DCA love them as a whole! We love you all in return!

-TyReka W. Parent of Class 2026 and 2025 students 

The greatest strength of The Dream Center Academy is their support, love, and kindness.

– Javonda A. parent of Class 2025 student 

The Dream Center Academy has been great! My student has loved it since the beginning. I know you guys truly care about all the students. We love and appreciate all the staff.

– Sharitha G. Parent of Class 2024 student 

The greatest strengths of the Dream Center Academy are the caring and compassionate people working with our children. You all are truly a blessing to each and every one of the students enrolled in DCA. You all are AMAZING!!!

– Shannon K. Parent of Class 2024 student 

Students in our program




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