American Dream Academy

American Dream Academy

Arizona State University’s American Dream Academy (ADA) benefits schools, students and parents.

Through the 8-week ADA program, families gain the tools and confidence to join forces with schools and communities to make sure their children have successful academic careers and prepare for a university experience.

Since 2006, ASU's American Dream Academy celebrated over ten years of serving families in Arizona. ADA has graduated more than 50,000 parents and students. The 8-week academy culminates in a graduation ceremony for the parent and students.

Tolleson Superintendent Nora Gutierrez spoke to 12 News recently about the ADA, saying the six-week course gives parents everything they need to know about college, and it's the reason that many first-generation college students are attending colleges, including Arizona State University.

Success Stories

“I learned that the foundation for academic success begins in elementary school, and the more we take part in school events, and the closer our relationship with the teachers, the more likely our children will have what it takes to be accepted into college… Most importantly, I learned that my children’s chance of going to college has very little to do with how much money I make.” – Victor, ADA Parent Graduate

“My mom’s powerful social skills and educational wisdom have made people come to her when they have questions about their child’s education. My mom has encouraged many of her friends to attend the ADA Parent Program. She has changed many of the ways people in our Hispanic community view education: expensive, unattainable, and simply ‘not for us.’" – Rebecca, ADA Student Graduate

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