A Child with a Dream is a Child with a Future - Wintley Phipps, Founder

Dream Cities | Salt Lake City, UT

Dual Immersion Academy
1155 S. Glendale Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Phone: (801) 973-9494
Fax: (801) 973-9499

Learning Center Director
William "Billy" Swartzfager
bswartzfageratusdreamacademy [dot] org
Mentor Coordinator
Iris Angell-Colvin
iangell-colvinatusdreamacademy [dot] org

Feature Story

There is nothing better than curling up with a good book in comfy pjs and a nice warm blanket. 

On November 7th, the Dream Academy Salt Lake students participated in a pajama party for our 2nd annual read-a-thon. Students brought pajamas, blankets, pillows and their favorite stuffed animals to read with. Students got together in groups to share stories or individually to enjoy some quiet reading time. Hot cocoa and cookies topped off a fun day of reading. 

65 students read for 45 minutes for a total 2,925 read in one afternoon.


Our History in Salt Lake City

In Salt Lake City, the US Dream Academy is located at the Dual Immersion Academy, a new charter school, established in 2007 southwest of downtown.  The school houses approximately 350 students in grades K-8. The instructional program features a two-way bilingual education model with the aim of developing bilingual bicultural children. Content is taught in both English and Spanish to all children. Classes are constituted with approximately 50% native Spanish speakers and 50% native English speakers. The Learning Center in Salt Lake City earned the “Center of the Year” honor in 2008.

About Our Staff

Learning Center Director

Billy graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Minority Studies.  He comes to the Dream Academy from the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Valley, where he's held the position of Director of Operations since 2011.   His 14 years in youth, family, and community programming started with the Boys & Girls Club as a Youth Development Professional.  He continued to move through the organization as Program Director, Unit Director, and most recently the Director of Operations role.

Mentor Coordinator

Iris attended Eastern Arizona College and majored in Anthropology. She is currently attending Westminster College where she is majoring in Sociology and Political Science. Iris comes to the Dream Academy from Graduation Alliance, where she held the position of Academic Coach. Prior to Graduation Alliance, she spent four years with the Boys and Girls Clubs of both Gila Valley and South Valley. Iris started with the Boys & Girls Club of Gila Valley as a Teen Director/Recreation Aid where she tutored and mentored kids while running specialized programming. She continued to serve kids and the surrounding community at Boys and Girls Clubs of South Valley as Midvale Teen Youth Development Director and Midvale Teen Program Director.

Iris is very active in community service with over 400 hours of service in the past three years and has been awarded the National Presidential Service Award. She's sat on several Midvale City Committees and Action Plan Groups including the Midvale Advancement Program and the Midvale Gang Intervention Team. 

Our Salt Lake City Partners in the Dream

Bishops Storehouse

Dual Immersion Academy


Monlina Healthcare

University of Utah Psychology Department

Utah Food Bank


Upcoming Events

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