What does Freedom School look like?

 Freedom Schools Program Daily Schedule

8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-9:00 Harambee!
9:00-10:30 Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC)
10:30-10:45 Snack
10:45-11:45 Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC)
11:45-12:00 Drop Everything And Read (DEAR)
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:00 Structured “Free” Time
1:00-3:00 Afternoon Enrichment
3:00-3:15 Debrief / Dismissal
Enrichment activities may include: Gardening, Healthy Cooking, Phy Ed, Art, Step /Dance, Book Making or other activities that encourage fun and learning for our Scholars.

The Six Weekly Themes help the scholars to understand the various ways they can make a difference:

~ I Can Make a Difference in Myself

~ I Can Make a Difference in My Family

~ I Can Make a Difference in My Community

~ I Can Make a Difference in My Country

~ I Can Make a Difference in My World

~ With Hope, Education, and Action!



Harambee brings scholars, staff, parents and community members together to celebrate themselves and each other through the Motivational Song, Cheers and Chants, a Guest Reader, Recognitions, and a Moment of Silence. Harambee empowers our scholars and gets them ready for a fun, productive day of learning!


Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC)

includes not just reading, but also various activities and projects to keep the scholars engaged and learning.

Each IRC includes books for the classroom reading library as well as the books used in class activities. The books reflect the diversity the scholars we serve and feature different cultures, physical and mental differences, and children and adults who have made a difference. Each scholar takes home 6 books at the end of the program to add to or start their own libraries at home.


Day of Social Action

Freedom Schools Programs across the country participate activities to encourage young people in civic responsibility. The scholars write letters to local and national elected leaders, and participate in activities in their communities. Past themes have included Health Care and Voter Registration. This year the theme was “Protect Children, Not Guns.”


Parent Engagement Night

Once a week, during Parent Engagement Night, parents and staff come together for dinner and workshops that promote learning about child development, skills needed to succeed, college preparedness, and other family concerns.