Freire Charter School
Mission Statement:A college-preparatory learning experience with a focus on individual freedom, critical thinking, and problem solving in an environment that emphasizes the values of community, teamwork, and nonviolence.
Accredidations and Awards:First charter school in state to receive the National Title I Distinguished School award, (2010); EPIC Silver Award for Student Achievement, (2011); bronze medal, high school rankings, U.S. News & World Report, (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017); 4-time winner of Keystone Award for Academic Excellence; 21st Century Community Learning Center grant recipient; Title I Distinguished School, Pennsylvania, (2014-15).
AP Courses:Biology, Calculus AB, English Literature & Composition, U.S. History
Other Special Academic Offerings:Peace & Social Change, art and design integration in classrooms
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:Students and staff are trained in conflict resolution and anger management. Students learn real-world skills like how to talk with their peers to settle arguments constructively. There are no metal detectors or police in the school. Each morning, a greeter welcomes students. In-class discussions extend to broader issues such as bullying and gun violence. Daily intervention / enrichment period for all students. A belief in the Power of Yet. Mental health supports for all community members, both during and after school hours.
Parent Involvement:Home & School Association; Investment Club; volunteers to monitor school lunchtime; board members
Arts Activities and Classes:Instrumental Music program in partnership with Play on Philly; theater instruction; visual arts instruction; coding; chess; dance; poetry; Fashion Design in partnership with BreakFree Design Group; Book Arts
Activities and Special Programs:Coding classes; engineering/robotics club, news broadcasting in partnership with WHYY; Live Connections music program; National Honor Society; peer mediation; student government; yearbook; Mural Arts program; Debate; Cooking; Gay Straight Alliance (undecided if this will continue next year, but my guess is yes); Black Empowerment Group; Female Empowerment Group; Double Dutch; Mind Body Balance (yoga & Zumba); Reading Olympics; Science Olympiad
Boys Sports:Baseball, Basketball, Track & Field
Girls Sports:Basketball, Cheerleading, Softball, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball
Septa Routes:2, 7, 9, 12, 17, 21, 31, 32, 33, 38, 42, 44, 48, 62, 124, 125; 10, 11, 13, 34, 36 trolleys; Broad Street subway, Market-Frankford El, Regional Rail
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School:Charter
Grades Served: 5-12
Admission Reqs: Application, lottery; applications received after the deadline are added to waiting list on a rolling basis
Special Education: 19%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 76%
Waiting List? Yes, 110
Racial Demographics:African American – 95% Latino – 2% Asian – 0% White – 0% Other – 3%