Lakeside Union School District’s DREAM Academy

Located in the heart of East County, DREAM Academy is a beacon of innovative education, offering a transformative experience for students in San Diego County. It opened as a homeschool program tailored to meet the unique needs of families seeking a personalized approach to education. It has since transformed into DREAM Academy, a comprehensive educational offering combining online and in-person options and unparalleled flexibility to achieve success for Kindergarten through 8th grade students.

DREAM Academy offers two distinct programs to cater to different student needs, attracting families from all over the county. The homeschool program provides flexibility and individualized attention, while the 5-day in-person program ensures a small classroom environment that thrives on shared learning experiences with students across grade levels, enriching the leadership and collaboration experience.

What sets DREAM Academy apart is its unique focus on the acronym DREAM: Design, Research, Engineering, Agriculture, and Mechanics. These pillars form the foundation of the school’s engaging projects, tailored to match the interests and needs of each student. By integrating agricultural education into the elementary level, DREAM Academy sets the stage for students to seamlessly transition to actively participate in Lakeside’s nationally renowned Future Farmers of America program at El Capitan High School.

DREAM Academy believes education should be a catalyst for dreams, a springboard to unlock every student’s potential. By embracing Project Based Learning and a forward-thinking approach, DREAM Academy is shaping tomorrow’s leaders, innovators, and problem solvers. Through its transformative programs, this remarkable institution is building a brighter future for East County, one student, and one dream at a time.

New Learning Opportunities

DREAM Academy is a K-8 school comprised of two separate school models to fit your needs:

  • Model 1: Homeschool model where students do their core course work at home through an online platform with optional two day per week in-person project based learning enrichment opportunities.
  • Model 2 (New): Full day in-person five day per week project based learning program.

Enrolling Now for 2023 – 2024 School Year

If you are interested in enrolling at DREAM Academy for the CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR school year, please call our office at (619) 390-2634.

Interest for 2024 – 2025 School Year

If you are interested in enrolling at DREAM Academy for the upcoming,
2024 – 2025 school year, please use the button here for more information.

Upcoming Parent Meetings

  • Jan 25th – at 5:00pm at the DREAM Academy Campus
  • Feb 22nd – at 5:00pm at DREAM Academy Campus

Districtwide Announcements:

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Upcoming New Enrollment Meetings

Wednesday, January 24th 5:30 - 6:00pm

  • TK/K Immersion Informational Night @ Lakeview, Parents ONLY

Thursday, January 25th at 5:00pm

  • DREAM Academy Informational Night @ DREAM

Monday, January 29th 5:30 - 6:00pm

  • TK/K Immersion Tour @ Lakeview, Parents ONLY

Wednesday, February 21st 6:00 - 7:00pm:

  • Riverview International Academy Parent Information Meeting @ Riverview Campus

Thursday, February 22nd at 5:00pm:

  • DREAM Academy Informational Night @ DREAM

Monday, February 26th 9:00am - 11:45am:

  • Riverview International Academy Parent Tour @ Winter Gardens Campus 9:00 -10:15am
  • Riverview Campus 10:30 - 11:45am
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Igniting Passion in Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Opportunities

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Upcoming Parent Meeting Dates:

  •     Jan 25th – at 5:00 pm at the DREAM Academy Campus
  •     Feb 22nd – at 5:00 pm at DREAM Academy Campus 

Currently accepting enrollment for both programs!

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