Freedom Schools 

Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools 

A Day At Freedom Schools

Although Freedom School has a foundation in education and academics, it is unlike any school the children we serve have even attended.  Freedom Schools acknowledges and uses the unique cultural dimensions of the scholars, families, and communities we serve.  It considers the  culture and language of scholars including slang and colloquialisms and uses these to empower students and build their knowledge through introduction of new ideas and skills.  Freedom Schools values student voices and ideas and incorporates  these into classroom instruction.

Freedom Schools is held Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm.  Every Monday-Thursday students participate in 3 key elements that build a passion for reading and learning: Harambee, Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC), and Afternoon Activities.  In addition to these key elements, students receive 2 nutritious meals daily (breakfast and lunch) and participate in a weekly field trip, typically held on Friday.

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Main Center
Beach Huts
Ferris Wheel
Palm Trees
City Cycle
Misty Slopes
Fire Wood
Foggy Pier
Cafe in Autumn

In 2014, RFDC became part of an elite group, we were selected to be a Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools sponsors.  Rooted in the Civil Rights Movement and youth’s efforts to make a difference, the CDF Freedom Schools model combats summer learning loss through a broad range of integrated activities.  The model focuses on the importance of literacy, adult involvement, social skills, and service in the overall development of children.  The models award-winning Integrated Reading Curriculum fosters an “I Can Make A Difference” attitude in both the children served and the young adults facilitating the curriculum.  Since 2014 we have grown the program and now we serve nearly 700 students utilizing the Freedom Schools model over 6 weeks during the summer.