As the Charter Director of both sites of Freedom Academy, I am saddened to think anyone would feel they are judged poorly if they do not donate funds to our schools. We do many fund raising events, but stress that participation is always optional. If someone has been hurts by words spoken regarding funds, I would love to have the opportunity to speak with that person. In no way does the administration of these schools think less of someone who chooses not to; or cannot afford to donate. For events where there is a "fee", many scholarships are offered for those who cannot afford an event. I would hope that a person with these feelings would come and explain any situation where they have been made to feel "less than." Our philosophy is caring; not judgment. If we have erred, please come and let me make it right. Linda Hoffman
I think this school has taken new turns that are beyond appalling. If you send your child here, keep thick skin because the judgement will go beyond the money in your pocket. If you don't contribute money to this school, you are on their bad list.
Freedom Academy is a wonderful school with amazing families!!! The teachers and Principal are exceptional.... I feel grateful because I know my children are getting a great education and are 110% loved, nurtured and encouraged! Thanks Freedom. you set the example for other schools and teach our kids to love and care about their education and each other! This is a school were EVERY child counts and does not get lost in the system or politics! We have been at Freedom for 7 years....
This is our second year at FAS, and we are very happy with the school, teachers and administration. The attention to our child has been good and appropriate for a charter school. No complaints! All I ask as you read these reviews is that you do what is common practice in these forums, and disregard the very best, and very worst comments and that will give you a good true sense of what it is really like and what is really going on. Thank you!
This school is absolutely terrible , they had over 20 kids in grade seven last year and most of them left , to a point that only 4 in grade eight this year , we took our kids out without finishing the year , the grade seven teacher that was out to lunch everyday is now teaching grade 1 or 2 , we had meetings with administration to bring various issues up and these people new it all , did not want to listen to anything we had to say . they are full of themselves , trust me children at this school do not learn anything , we had to send our kids to private school and before they moved there we had to have them at tutoring all summer . what a disaster of a school .
I am so crazy about this school, I don't know where to begin. We attended Freedom Academy for 8 wonderful years. Our family them had to move for my husbands job and it was rough on our kids, to say the least. One of things that helped them get through this tough time was that the school stayed in contact with us. They took time and had the kids write letters to our children. The principal, Linda, took time to message us checking on all of us regularly. I knew the school was amazing while we were there, after leaving though I needed to come up with a new word to describe them, because amazing just doesn't seem to be enough... they are fantabulous! If you and your children are lucky enough to live in the area, I wouldn't even think of attending any school, other than Freedom Academy!
My children have attended Freedom Academy for 5 years and we couldn't be more impressed. My son and daughter are challenged by high academic expectations in combination with caring teachers and great student connections. The small school setting enables the teachers to know all of the students on a personal basis. You will not find a better combination for your elementary and middle school children. The best around by far. Once your children experience Freedom Academy, you will be sad it only goes through 8th grade.
There are no words to express what a special place Freedom Academy is. I credit Linda Hoffman for making our son s 8th grade a success. Also, the coach who not only teaches the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition, but who also takes on a mentoring role with the kids. I wish we had found Freedom Academy before that. Our son is now 19 years old and in the military. He still keeps in touch with Linda. When he came home on leave she made sure she spent time with him. She sowed into his life then and she continues to do it today. When students graduate from Freedom they remain part of the family. My daughter attended Freedom Academy for 6th, 7th and 8th grades. She also stays in touch with Linda. Our children had attended a very reputable private school for the years prior to attending freedom Academy. When our oldest graduated from that school we switched the younger two over to freedom. I was in shock that It was free. Such a great school! The environment was much more loving and caring than the private school and the academics are very good. How I wish we had found it earlier!!
My children love Freedom Academy school, we attend the South campus and it couldn't be more family friendly. Parents are welcomed on campus and encouraged to be involved in events and school happenings, and the staff is so kind, upbeat, and available to the children at all times. I have had nothing but the best experience the past two years there, and my boys are in Kinder and First Grade. The P.E. coaches are amazing, they actually teach kids about health while encouraging them to learn new physical fitness and keep it fun! The teachers are always smiling, communicating through emails to parents, and very sensitive to each individual child's needs. The front office staff is always on task and informing parents of school news, schedules, etc., and always friendly! All in all Freedom Academy is my top pic for a Charter School in Scottsdale, I did a ton of research before deciding to send my boys there. I love the uniforms, small classroom sizes, and the campus setup. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone looking for a small, family friendly but academically challenging school.
Freedom Academy is an amazing school. The director really cares about the children and the teachers are great. I have three children at Freedom and they love going to school!
I really enjoy this school because it is a safe and caring place. The Staff is well trained in protecting my children, and they are also very organized and on top of standards and expectations for the state and national scores. I have been there for 5 years and feel like it's the best school around!
As a grandparent, I am extremely happy to know my kids are at such a wonderful, fun and disciplined school! Linda Hoffman (the principal) keeps the kids on task with great leadership and whenever we attend one of the many fun performances, you can see the respect those kids have for her. That is an A+ in my book! GREAT school and happy to know my wonderful grandkids are there!
I absolutely love sending my son to Freedom Academy! He is learning so much and enjoys going to school everyday. I know that he is loved there by all of the staff and they take the time to know every child at the school on a personal level. I always recommend the school to anyone who is looking. This is truly a GREAT SCHOOL!
Freedom Academy is a school full of totally passionate teachers and administration. I've had the priveledge of knowing the Charter Director, Linda Hoffman, since she taught my own child many years ago. She is a proven leader with an unbridled passion for educational excellence. She surrounds herself with equally driven and dedicated teachers, and administration, which is the 'golden' key to success in any classroom. This committment ultimately transcends to the individual student, and increases their overall performance in the most positve way possible.
Freedom Academy South has been an outstanding school for my child and it starts with the principal, Linda Hoffman. Ms. Hoffman sets the standards so high that everyone around her wants to do their best including the kids. My son came from another school and the transition was seamless. The teachers are all the best I believe in the Valley! We are so lucky! PTO is phenomenal! I find this school to be a hidden gem, however, everyone needs to know that we have one of the best run schools in Arizona. A+ Excelling!!!
Freedom Academy is by far the BEST school I've ever seen. I decided to switch to Freedom Academy halfway through 7th grade after having a hard time at a public middle school, and that was the greatest decision I've made. The entire staff made me feel welcome and at home at Freedom Academy, and all of my teachers along with many other staff members got to know me on a personal level. My peers were extremely friendly, and I quickly became friends with almost every middle school student. My teachers were passionate about what they were teaching, which made learning fun, and I always knew I could go to them at any time to ask questions or get extra help on homework. I got to interact with younger student and spend time reading and doing math with the kindergarteners. For the first time, I loved school. I woke up in the morning excited to spend my day at Freedom Academy. My experience at Freedom Academy was truly amazing, and my only regret is not starting there sooner. I would recommend Freedom Academy to everyone because of the incredible staff, the comfortable learning environment, and the fact that Freedom Academy is a place where children develop an uncinditional love for learning.
I have a child in 6 th grade at this school and I can say that this school is wonderful! They make sure it is all about the students and their education! The only thing that I am sorry about this school is that it doesn't go thru high school. I recommend this school to everyone. The principal and all the staff are so amazing. They truly care about the kids!
It has been interesting to read for the first time some of the negative reviews this school has received. Knowing some of the parents who have recently pulled their child(ren) from Freedom Academy, does not speak ill of the school but further indicates the overwhelming self-centered, and immature nature of generation X. Ultimately the children will suffer at the hands of the undisciplined parents who will never find satisfaction in education which lovingly demands discipline and structure. As a very engaged parent at Freedom Academy and having received an education from the number one ranking school system in our nation, Freedom Academy is undoubtedly providing an educational experience which rivals our nations best. Thank you Linda, Barbara and each staff member for providing great schools that has and will produce exceptional leaders for future generations.
Oh my gosh, to hear the comments from these parents that didn't get their way and left our school is disgusting! They seem like spoiled children who "pitched a fit" and left our school and couldn't leave without telling everyone their ugly problems! If you want to go .... go but to put down a wonderful school who does nothing but try their best to provide children with the best education along with character, should be rewarded and not berated! It is disappointing when these kind of parents don't support their school and don't hold their kids accountable for the consequences for their child's own actions and instead blame the school!!!! As a parent of 3 students (one who currently attends and 2 that have graduated), I have to say this is the best school EVER! Freedom Academy provided everything fabulous in a grade school! I find it sad that the few "spoiled apples" are trying to ruin the reputation of a wonderful, well respected school! These kinds of mean comments always come from people who change schools because they don't get their way .... they'll find they will be in the same situation at their new school and posting bad things about that school soon enough!
I am encouraged to know I am not alone! It has been a while now but I chose to pull my child from freedom academy after having them there for many years. Though the school does offer a small intimate environment and many of the teachers truly do love the students, our local school district has so much more to offer and honestly just as safe and intimate. There was not one specific reason I pulled my child but looking back there were so many little things that we just excused because it was a small school that we should have never ignored. Largest complaint was the misleading conversations with the administration and the manipulation that is used between staff, administration and parents. I had multiple conversations where the administration said a teacher had a concern or a teacher felt a particular way which in conversations with teachers I have become friends with these conversations and feelings were not confirmed (actually denied) and even identified as over bearing micro managing by administration and obsession that every student equals dollars. For many families this may be the right fit, for most they will never see the wizard behind the curtain Choose wisely!
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