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Hill-Freedman World Academy

About this school...

Mission Statement:
To provide a rigorous academic learning environment that fosters lifelong learners who are committed to being knowledgeable, caring, and internationally minded citizens. We have several pillars of learning: critical and creative thinking; exploration and investigation; problem solving; communication and collaboration; reflection; responsibility and social action.

Accreditations/awards:
National Blue Ribbon School, U.S. Department of Education, 2006; nominated as a candidate for National Blue Ribbon School, 2014; Middle Years International Baccalaureate School; International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Candidate School

Points of pride:
School was envisioned and created by students, parents, and staff; specialized programs for students with complex support needs that encompass a wide variety of exceptionalities and intellectual abilities, including autism, language impairments, and intellectual, multiple, and physical disabilities.

Other special academic offerings:
International Baccalaureate Continuum for 9th-12th grades; college preparedness through the IB diploma programs courses; international-mindedness via the Learner Profiles; self-discovery through the Personal Project, Theory of Knowledge course and 150 hours of Community Action and Service; Digital Literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); humanities through art, music and dance

Foreign languages:
Spanish

Measures for positive, safe learning:
Our positive school environment is driven by students, teachers and parents who care deeply about education where distractions from learning are minimized.

Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association; fundraising to support musicals, expansion projects, student performances, and the library

Arts activities and classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; instrumental music classes; theater instruction; school play or musical(s), visual arts instruction

Activities & special programs:
Academic support; step team; STEM club; spoken word club; technology club; dance; World Citizenship Club; Spanish club

Boys' sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Indoor Track & Field, Track & Field

Girls' sports:
Basketball, Indoor Track & Field, Softball, Track & Field

SEPTA routes:
18, L, XH

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Comments (7)

Submitted by Anonymous on March 4, 2014 1:57 pm
Dear High School Educators in the Schuylkill River Watershed, The Schuylkill Headwaters Association is very excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2014 Schuylkill Acts & Impacts expedition! Schuylkill Acts & Impacts is a weeklong service-learning program June 7-14, 2014 that will be offered to a team of ten high school students from communities within the Schuylkill River Watershed. This educational expedition will involve a physical journey (by boat and van) along the 120-mile Schuylkill River from its headwaters in the anthracite coal lands of Schuylkill County to its confluence with the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Team leaders from Outward Bound Philadelphia and the Schuylkill Headwaters Association will guide students downriver, illustrating an array of issues impacting water quality in the Schuylkill River through guided tours, programming, and applied service work designed to highlight issues in the watershed and offer hands-on solutions to these problems. A link to an application is below with details about the program, requirements to participate and all necessary forms. Please feel free to forward this to your district's network of high school teachers and educators who can encourage their students to apply. Please note that applicants must be high school students (9-12th grades) living in the Schuylkill Watershed's five counties (Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia). The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 21st. We are aware that these dates may conflict with the last week(s) of class due to the exceptionally snowy winter. We are, however, more than willing to work with teachers and school administrators to outline the educational merits and program content each day and document community service hours if it will allow a selected student to be excused from classes. If there are any questions about the application procedures please do not hesitate to contact me! Thank you for helping to spread the word about this program that involves more than 20 partner organizations in the Schuylkill River Watershed. A complete application is also available at: http://www.schuylkillwaters.org/projectsDetail.cfm?pid=65 Much appreciated, Sierra Gladfelter outreach@schuylkillheadwaters.org
Submitted by Anonymous on September 24, 2014 7:09 pm

Lame

Submitted by Anonymous on March 26, 2014 2:19 pm
The principal is known for harrassing and bullying do not teach here
Submitted by Anonymous on May 9, 2014 3:59 pm
I heard about him majewski right yea there are a bunch of stories I heard about him from this school where he has a reputation of not being liked by parents students and staff. He's extremely disrespectful he once ripped a hat off a staff persons head for wearing it in school ha if he ever did that to me I wish haha. Yea he has his favorites, the school district needs to look into this guy
Submitted by Anonymous on September 24, 2014 7:37 pm

If you teach students not to wear hats in school, why should adults wear them.  

You don't have to worry about working there.  

Submitted by Anonymous on September 9, 2014 11:32 am

my son has been going to hillfreemand middle since 6th grade and now attends hill freedman high. personally my son havent had a neg issue with mr majewski, he made my son attend a few detentions but it wasnt because he was being picked on from the priniciple.i belived  he is a very good priniciple and he dont tolarate the nonsense from these kids and it needs to be more like them in these school and he keeps the school on point and thats why its a great school and im proud going be the 1st graduating class of the high school.

 

Submitted by Anonymous on September 11, 2014 7:56 pm

I teach at Hill-Freedman. The Principal personally helped us move in to the new building and continously supports us with supplies and asks how we are doing and what can he do to help us. The parents came by the school the week before it opened to say hello. Although it was the middle of a workday in September, a large group of parents showed up with happy faces and were excited to meet the teachers. If you walk in either building you will find a friendly faculty and a truly gifted group of kids who try their best and are excited to learn. In a district that is torn down by budget cuts, political antics among everything else it is a breath of fresh air to be in a place that is not only "getting by," but thriving. 

While people might have other opinions because of hearsay --both negative comments were phrased as non-personal accounts-- there are two sides to every story but the data speaks for itself. Google "Top Schools in Pennsylvania." Hill-Freedman is ranked #2 in the entire STATE. (http://www.schooldigger.com/go/PA/schoolrank.aspx?level=2) Mr. Majewski is constantly in our classrooms asking the kids what they are learning. He is genuinely concerned about the welfare of the school and the best interest of the kids, it is only the first week of school and he has rewarded a couple of the kids by inviting them to lunch with him as a treat for doing well. Perhaps some teachers find it intimidating for their administrator to be in their classroom, but I most certainly do not. He definitely has incredibly high expectations for his teachers and is very vocal about our punctuality and producing engaging lesson plans that challenge the kids. 

Everyday I get to work excited and energized for the kids. I am sorry if others had a negative experience and I hope your opinion changes in the future. I joined this team because we are building something truly special in Philadelphia. As you can see from the parent above me, we have a wonderful crop of parents who are involved, a bunch of teachers willing to brave the elements and tough it out with bare minimum resources from excessive budget cuts, and a leader who runs a tight ship and makes sure that all of the kids are following all of the rules all of the time. 

For any parent that is thinking about applying to get in to the magnet school and heard negative comments: I encourage you to visit the middle school or high school and see for yourself. 

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