Paulo Freire Freedom School opened as a charter school in 2005 for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades with an average enrollment of 75 students per year. The school offers a structured learning environment that will help students develop learning skills and create the desire to be life long learners. The instructional programs used include individualized learning programs, integrated humanities curriculum, service & place based education, authentic assessment with rubrics, project & inquiry based learning, standards based, and public demonstration of proficiency.
Parents enjoy the school atmosphere with small class size and family feel. Students have teachers be there side whenever they need the help. Parents were very impressed with the field trips, with other sessions that have students enjoying two weeks of intercessions, which include political theater, photography, and backpacking as examples. The curriculum is challenging but fun at the same time.
The school is home in the basement of the YMCA building and is very small, however, the size of the school does not seem to matter as the students and teachers work side by side to create a wonderful learning environment where students can achieve their goals. On the other side of the coin, one parent stated that homosexuality is pushed a bit too much. The school does not offer any extracurricular activities, which is also bad for students.
The students at Paulo Freire Freedom School participated in the AIMS series of exams that measure if students are mastering core subjects. The percentage of sixth graders that passed the reading exam was 100% with writing above average and math percentages below state averages. Seventh graders were above average in reading, writing, and math. Eighth graders did well in reading with 96% passing the exam, in science with 100% passing the exam, and were above average in writing and math.
Overall, I would say the school is doing a pretty good job of providing the educational tools students need to succeed; however, you should still visit the school and learn if it is a good fit for your child before enrolling.
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Paulo Freire Freedom School
300 E. University Blvd., Ste. 10
Tucson, AZ 85705