In a city that prides itself on problem-solving, we have yet to solve our opportunity gap.

Palo Alto is home to one of the highest performing school districts in the state of California. But for over two decades, there has been a persistent achievement gap. Over 1,100 low-income students attend our Palo Alto schools, many of whom are from Spanish-speaking households without a college-educated parent. In a high-stakes, fast-paced academic environment, and in a community where most parents have high incomes and advanced degrees, it's no wonder that our low-income students struggle to keep up with their more privileged peers.

 
 

Student Achievement Gap

 
 

Students Performing at Grade Level

Fewer than 40% of low-income Palo Alto students are at grade level, compared to nearly 90% of their more privileged peers. 

Parent Education Gap

 
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Parents with a College Degree

Only 5% of DreamCatchers parents have a bachelor's degree, compared to 95% of Palo Alto parents overall.

 

We empower students to embrace bolder dreams and surround them with the support and tools they need to succeed.

DreamCatchers is building a community of students who learn to believe in their own potential. Students understand that committing to DreamCatchers means accountability. We expect hard work, persistence, and performance, but create an environment where our students feel welcomed and comfortable. Our caring and dedicated team of tutors, classroom directors, and staff are there to support and guide each of our students. We communicate regularly with home and school—setting high expectations and equipping students with the tools, skills, and individualized mentorship they need to be successful and thrive.