DREAM Program

Dream stands for:

  • Determination
  • Resiliency
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ambition, and
  • Motivation

DREAM is a Saturday and summer academic program that prepares eligible seventh-grade New York City public school students to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) in the eighth grade.

DREAM 2022

The DREAM program will return as an in-person program with live instructions throughout the five boroughs for five weeks this summer and then Saturdays in the fall of 2022.

Program 2022 will run: 

  • July 11 - August 11, 2022
  • 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Monday–Thursday
  • Fall program: Saturdays starting September until the administration of the SHSAT

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for DREAM-SHSI students must meet all of the criteria below. Eligible students are contacted by their schools or directly from DREAM-SHSI about the application process. 

Part A

Students must:

  • Be a current NYC resident
  • Be enrolled in the seventh grade in a DOE public or charter school
  • Score a minimum of:
    • 92 or above (or the equivalent) in both ELA and math from either grade 6 final grades OR from grade 7 marking period grades available by the opening of the DREAM application process.

Part B

Students must EITHER:

  • Meet income requirements based on federal guidelines, as informed by the family income inquiry form, regardless of district of residence.


  • Live or attend school in NYC school districts: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, or 32.

For questions, please email SHSI@schools.nyc.gov

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