7
Overall
The Overall rating is a combination of the school's Math, Reading, Attendance, School Incidents, and College Bound (if high school) ratings. We compare this school's performance to other schools in Philadelphia, with a 10 representing the highest rated schools. Note: this rating was calculated using data from the 2016-17 school year. Learn more about how this rating is calculated.
Freire Charter High School
7
Overall
The Overall rating is a combination of the school's Math, Reading, Attendance, School Incidents, and College Bound (if high school) ratings. We compare this school's performance to other schools in Philadelphia, with a 10 representing the highest rated schools. Note: this rating was calculated using data from the 2016-17 school year. Learn more about how this rating is calculated.
  • download
7
Math
This rating represents the percentage of students performing in each of the four performance bands for this subject, as measured by the most recently available standardized test data. For reference, the performance bands are as follows: (1) Below Basic; (2) Basic; (3) Proficient; and (4) Advanced. We then compare this school's performance to other schools in Philadelphia, with a 10 representing the highest academic performance. Note: this rating was calculated using data from the 2016-17 school year. Learn More
8
Science
This rating represents the percentage of students performing in each of the four performance bands for this subject, as measured by the most recently available standardized test data. For reference, the performance bands are as follows: (1) Below Basic; (2) Basic; (3) Proficient; and (4) Advanced. We then compare this school's performance to other schools in Philadelphia, with a 10 representing the highest academic performance. Note: this rating was calculated using data from the 2016-17 school year. Learn More
5
School Incidents
This rating reflects the number of incidents per 100 students. Then, we compare this school's performance to other schools in Philadelphia, with a 10 representing the least amount of incidents. Learn More
8
Reading
This rating represents the percentage of students performing in each of the four performance bands for this subject, as measured by the most recently available standardized test data. For reference, the performance bands are as follows: (1) Below Basic; (2) Basic; (3) Proficient; and (4) Advanced. We then compare this school's performance to other schools in Philadelphia, with a 10 representing the highest academic performance. Note: this rating was calculated using data from the 2016-17 school year. Learn More
5
Attendance
This rating reflects the percentage of students who attended 95% or more of enrolled instructional days. We compare this school's performance to other schools in Philadelphia, with a 10 representing the highest attendance rates. Note: this rating was calculated using data from the 2016-17 school year. Learn More
7
College Bound
This rating represents the percentage of annual graduates who enroll in any postsecondary institution in the first fall following their graduation date. Schools are then divided into equal-sized groups to create ratings from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the highest college enrollment rates. Note: this rating was calculated using data from the 2016-17 school year. Learn More
High Academic Growth
High Academic Growth
The High Academic Growth indicator highlights schools that have significantly exceeded the norm for academic growth over a three-year period in both math and reading. The growth indicator is not factored into a school’s overall rating. Learn More

School Details

  • School TypePublic Charter Citywide
  • Grade Levels9-12
  • Waiting List Size1,539 (as of 6/6/18)
  • Enrollment466
  • PrincipalMr. Nick Fels
  • Phone Number215-557-8555
  • School Emailnick@freirecharterschool.org
  • SEPTA RoutesBSL (City Hall, Walnut-Locust), MFL (15th Street), Bus (9, 12, 17, 21, 42, 44, 48, 62, 124, 125), Trolley (10, 11, 13, 34, 36). RR (Suburban Station)
  • Address 2027 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • NeighborhoodCenter City West
  • TuitionN/A
  • Application DeadlineJanuary 28th, 2019
  • Apply Now

Mission

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.

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.

Points of Pride

Freire Charter School students are among the best educated of their peers in all Philadelphia schools. We offer advanced and AP courses that foster critical and independent thought. 86% of Freire students graduate in four years. 84% of Freire...

Freire Charter School students are among the best educated of their peers in all Philadelphia schools. We offer advanced and AP courses that foster critical and independent thought. 86% of Freire students graduate in four years. 84% of Freire graduates go on to college, and 89% of Freire graduates who enrolled as first-year college students returned for their sophomore year, surpassing the Philadelphia School District by 31 and 14 percentage points, respectively.

Read More

Admissions Policy

Prospective students must be Philadelphia residents and must complete an application for admission through Apply Philly Charter for the 2019-20 school year. Applicants who complete applications prior to the deadline are entered into our lottery....

Prospective students must be Philadelphia residents and must complete an application for admission through Apply Philly Charter for the 2019-20 school year. Applicants who complete applications prior to the deadline are entered into our lottery. Applications received after the deadline are added to our waiting list on a rolling basis.

Read More

Safety & Culture

Freire Charter School guarantees a safe environment, proactive in peer mediation to resolve disputes before they escalate. All incoming students are oriented in the school's culture of respect, including training in conflict resolution and anger...

Freire Charter School guarantees a safe environment, proactive in peer mediation to resolve disputes before they escalate. All incoming students are oriented in the school's culture of respect, including training in conflict resolution and anger management. Students learn real-world skills like how to responsibly engage in a dialogue with their peers to settle arguments in a constructive manner. There are no metal detectors or police present in our school. Each morning a greeter welcomes students as they come in, and in the high school students are free to leave the campus during lunchtime. Freire students are engaged in an ongoing dialogue about their school's nonviolence policies, including in-class discussions that extend to broader issues such as bullying and gun violence.

Read More

Accreditations & Honors

First charter school in state to receive the National Title I Distinguished School award, 2010; EPIC Silver Award for Student Achievement, 2011; U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Bronze Award, 2012; 4-time winner of Keystone Award for...

First charter school in state to receive the National Title I Distinguished School award, 2010; EPIC Silver Award for Student Achievement, 2011; U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Bronze Award, 2012; 4-time winner of Keystone Award for Academic Excellence; 21st Century Community Learning Center grant recipient; 2015 PA Distinguished Title 1 School

Read More

School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 94.8%
Hispanic 1.7%
Asian 0.8%
Other 2.7%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 60.3%
Male Students 39.7%

Special Education

Special Ed 19%

Economically Disadvantaged

Students who are economically disadvantaged 76%

English Language Learners

English Language Learner 0.6%

Students Per Grade

9th Grade Students
132
10th Grade Students
136
11th Grade Students
97
12th Grade Students
101
Total Students
466

School Incidents

Incidents Per 100 Students
6.7

Academics

College Rate

College Rate 70%

AP Class Offerings

  • Biology,
  • Calculus AB,
  • English Literature,
  • US History

Activities & Programs

Arts Programs

  • Theater,
  • Visual Arts,
  • Choir,
  • Dance,
  • Poetry,
  • Film,
  • Other

Sports Programs

  • Basketball,
  • Baseball,
  • Softball,
  • Track and Field,
  • Cross Country,
  • Cheerleading,
  • Girls Basketball,
  • Girls Track and Field,
  • Girls Soccer,
  • Girls Volleyball,
  • Sports Other

Other Sports

Cycling

Cycling

Other Activities

A cappella, coding classes, award winning Engineering/Robotics club, Freire Live News Broadcasting in partnership with WHYY, Live Connections Music Program, National Honor Society, Peer Mediation, Student Government, Students Run Philly Style,...

A cappella, coding classes, award winning Engineering/Robotics club, Freire Live News Broadcasting in partnership with WHYY, Live Connections Music Program, National Honor Society, Peer Mediation, Student Government, Students Run Philly Style, Yearbook

Read More

Electives

Advanced Biology II, Peace & Social Change

Advanced Biology II, Peace & Social Change

Language Programs

  • Spanish

Parent Programs

  • Parents Home and School Association

Parent Involvement

Parents of Freire students are encouraged to be involved with school functions, whether volunteering for activities such as monitoring school lunch time or playing an active role in their child's education by participating in regular...

Parents of Freire students are encouraged to be involved with school functions, whether volunteering for activities such as monitoring school lunch time or playing an active role in their child's education by participating in regular parent-teacher student conferences. Parents of students also sit on our Board.

Read More

Nearby Schools

Find Another School