Freedom Academy

"My scholar-activist describes his experience at The Freedom Academy as one of the best in his entire life. In the few short weeks that he has attended The Freedom Academy, he has shown tremendous growth in his self-confidence, in his social awareness, and in his maturity. I am currently away on military duty; however, he calls me every single day to tell me about his day and to tap into my brain on topics that I as a parent am happy to hear his interest in. He expressed that he has found his voice and feels more confident every day."

– Parent of a Scholar-Activist in Summer 2018

Our 4-week Freedom Academy focused on using our Liberatory Design Thinking Process and Common Core Math and ELA standards to tackle interdisciplinary social justice design challenges, ultimately creating innovative solutions to real world problems like mass incarceration and racial terror. Students practiced the F.R.E.E. values in all work and interactions, including a week-long over night Civil Rights tour of the south and an intersectional identity workshop.

  • 24 total student participants (Scholar-Activists); diverse socioeconomic and ethnic background; 50/50 gender distribution
  • 90% of families signed a letter of intent and would recommend to a friend
  • 100% of students said they wanted to and would attend a school with racial social justice as pillars 
  • 100% of students participated in an optional public speaking workshop to share their intersectional identities stories with teachers and peers

"This experience has impacted me because it has let me know that I should stand up for what I believe in and to never let anyone who’s different than you to put you down."

– A Student/Scholar-Activist participant in Freedom Academy