School of Dreams Academy was the inspiration of Avilo (Lefty) Otero & Edna Otero. Teresa Ogas’s parents envisioned and dreamed of a school with a different approach. He wanted a school that would meet the needs of all children. Mr. Otero challenged his daughter, Teresa, her husband Michael, and Kathy Chavez, who was with YDI Valencia, to create this school.
The school became a reality in 2009 with about 55 students, and now has an enrollment of approximately 400 students. Students are encouraged by the many programs offered; including Digital Media Arts, Band, Guitar, Modern Dance, Art, foreign languages and yearbook, as well as core subjects.
School of Dreams has recently been awarded as an Early College High School. Students starting 9th grade have the opportunity to pick a program of study to earn an Associate Degree by the time they graduate high school. The goal is to fulfill and honor Mr Otero’s dream by graduating students who are college or job ready.
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