“Freire Charter School provides 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.”

  • 5-12

    Grades Served

  • January 27, 2020

    Application Deadline

  • Citywide

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

Train Your Dragon Intervention
We have a robust RTII program, complete with 30 minutes of daily, small group intervention or enrichment, depending on student need, called Train Your Dragon. There are small groups for reading, math, PSSA preparation, enrichment, and more across all three tiers.

Enrichment Courses
All students participate in four of the following enrichment courses for 45 minutes daily over the course of the year – Health, Physical Education, Character Development, Art, Computer Literacy, and Financial Literacy. We stress educating the whole child and achieve this goal through our enrichment program.

AP Courses
We offer four AP courses, three in 12th grade (Literature, US History and Calculus AB) as well as AP Biology in 11th grade. We are proud that so many of our students are able to take these advanced courses.

9th Grade Interventions
In 9th grade, we offer Intensive Math, Wit & Wisdom and our after school Skills Center program to assure that students are all given a chance to thrive as they work through our rigorous course work.

Course Offerings

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, Art, Art & Design, Biology, Business & Personal Finance, Character Development, Chemistry, Computer Literacy, Financial Literacy, Health & Wellness, Intensive Math, Mass Media, Math Analysis & Investigation, Peace and Social Change, Physical Education, Physical Science, Senior Project, Spanish, Wit & Wisdom

Extracurricular Activities

Academic Tutoring/Enrichment, Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Chess Club, Coding Club, Comic Book Design, Cross Country, Dance, Debate, Double Dutch, Fashion Design, National Honor Society, Peer Mediation, Play On Philly!, Reading Olympics, Robotics, Science Olympiad, Slam Poetry, Soccer, Softball, Studio Art, Student Council/Government, Theatre, Track and Field, Volleyball, TV News with WHYY, Yoga, and Zumba


  • Annual Charter Evaluation (ACE)
    Developed annually by the Charter Schools Office (CSO) for all Philadelphia brick-and-mortar charter schools (except those up for renewal), these reports provide information on three main areas of charter school performance: academic success, organizational compliance and viability, and financial health and sustainability.
    2019 | 2018 | 2016 | 2015
  • Notices
    Notices of Deficiency are issued to schools regarding significant instances of non-compliance or poor performance that may affect student well-being or access. Notices of Deficiency clarify actions schools must take in order to resolve the deficiency.
    2018: Resolved
  • Annual Independent Financial Audits
    Financial audits are produced annually by independent auditors for all charter schools in Pennsylvania. All charter schools are required to have an independent financial audit completed every year.
    2018 | 20172016 | 2015 | 2014
  • School Performance Profile (SPP)
    Developed annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), these reports provide an overview of student academic performance in every Pennsylvania public school, including traditional District schools, charter schools, cyber charter schools, and career and technology centers. 
  • School Progress Report (SPR)
    Developed annually by the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) for all traditional District and charter schools in the city, these reports provide information on schools’ achievement, progress, climate, and, for high schools, college and career readiness.
    MS: 2016-2017 | 2015-2016 | 2014-2015 | 2013-2014
    HS: 2016-20172015-2016 | 2014-2015 | 2013-2014


  • 1999

    Initial Charter

  • 2003

    Charter Renewed

  • 2008

    Charter Renewed

  • 2010

    Charter Amended: Enrollment Increase, Grades Added

  • 2013

    Charter Renewed

  • 2018

    Renewal Recommended