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I Dream Big Academy Charter School

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Alabama's First HBCU: Charter School Partnership

Opening Fall 2025

Our Mission

I Dream Big Academy fosters academic excellence and supports the whole child in cultivating their passions into purposeful careers by providing rigorous, relational, and relevant learning experiences that increase early access to college and workforce opportunities. Hence, students are prepared to impact their community and global society immediately.

Our Vision

Our shared vision is to create learning opportunities for students — both inside and outside the classroom — that prepare them with the academic foundation, mindsets, and character necessary to gain access to the colleges and careers of their choice and to be successful in these endeavors. We also envision a Teacher Residency Program with opportunities to “Grow our Own,” with a specific focus on developing a workforce of capable teachers and leaders who commit to fostering rigorous, relational, and relevant learning environments for our K-12 students while also encouraging more students of color and males to enter the education profession.

Why Choose I Dream Big Academy Charter School

IDBA is an innovative educational approach emphasizing project-based learning and real-world experiences. We offer a unique and engaging educational experience, prioritizing individual learning styles, real-world connections, and personal growth. By providing students with personalized learning experiences, mentorship, a flexible schedule, and a collaborative environment, IDBA helps students develop the critical thinking, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills necessary to discover their passions and connect those passions to purposeful careers.