More than 185 People Graduated from ASU’s American Dream Academy (ADA)

Posted by Community Relations on 3/9/2016

More than 185 people — 113 parents and 72 students — graduated from ASU’s American Dream Academy (ADA), the biggest class to date, at Metro Tech High School March 2. The American Dream Academy is open to all parents, but most parents have children who will be the first in their family to attend college. The program gives parents the knowledge they need to better prepare their children for college. American Dream Academy, is a parent-centered, eight-week program offered through ASU at various schools throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, and it has graduated more than 30,000 parents since its inception in 2006.

“For 10 years, American Dream Academy has been equipping families with the tools they need to ensure their student is successful,” ASU’s Sylvia Symonds said. “ADA will continue to serve Arizona families with the ultimate goal of preparing students for enrollment and success at the university.”

Through American Dream Academy parents gain an understanding of what they can do at home to support their child academically and prepare for a college education.

“ADA provides parents an opportunity to learn about the university from the university,” Bryan Reynoso, Metro Tech High School principal, said. “Our students hear about college every day, but many times that information is not shared with the parents. The more familiar parents are with the higher-education process, the more prepared they will be.”

American Dream Academy is open to all parents, but most parents have children who will be the first in their family to attend college. The program gives parents the knowledge they need to better prepare their children for college.

“I was one of those students,” Reynoso said. “My parents did not have the chance to find out anything about college, so I was the first in my family to pursue a college degree and I had to do it on my own.”