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Paulo Freire Freedom School

Charter | 6-8 | 75 students

Our school is best known for its powerful problem-based learning environments.

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $70,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $730.

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4 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted January 24, 2012

The students and teachers know one another intimately. They meet several times each week in their little advisory families, and they know that they always have a teacher on their side. They go on about ten field trips each year and spend an additional two weeks on intersessions like backpacking, photography, political theatre, and loads of other brilliant ideas. Some classes are arranged so fourteen or fewer students get to work with one teacher. Many times you will see students working on projects or fun activities, and some teachers almost never use desks. From talking with other parents, I've learned that several of the other students have learning challenges, too, but you would never know it. The special education teacher is brilliant, and there's no stigma among the students about having a disability. The IEP kids aren't pulled out of class, either, unless they ask for one-on-one help. Otherwise, the SPED and regular teachers just work with all the kids in class. My child went from FBB on the AIMS to meeting and exceeding. This school is compassionate, creative, fun, challenging, and works hard for social justice and environmentalism. We are so lucky to have gotten in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2011

Paulo Freire is a small (est. 70 students) cozy school based in the basement of the old YMCA building (small facilities). Assets include: 1. Caring young teachers and staff, that makes a huge difference especially for middle schoolers. 2. The Leader of the school brings a calm to the school social climate. The kids are well behaved which is remarkable tribute to the staff. 3. The field trips are very interesting. The school is very engaged with the real world. Overall, the leadership and staff are what this school is about and they make it an above average even a very special school. Needs: The school needs a few things to be more balanced and strong. One, consistency with safety when on outings. The staff is not consistent with safety, a little to loose with boundaries. Two, the school is lacking in diversity. Let's give others a chance, especially in a social about social justice. Third, a little too pushy with homosexual and lesbian dogma. Back off, everyone is not gay and everyone does not approve of that lifestyle. Fourth, there's virtually no extracurricular activities. This is not acceptable at all. Parents need to express what we want to see here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2010

I like this school because we get to learn a lot of stuff I did not know, and when we learn some of that stuff we sometimes go on an expedition Our last expedition we went to a farm. The classes are great Because we have Humanities, Math, Science, Spanish, Electives and more! I <3 this school! I am a sixth grader and am having fun. The teachers are the best because they help you with everything and...Most of them give you part of there lunch but not a big part but its cool, Because they are coolio!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 15, 2009

I *love* Paulo Freire Freedom School because it gives students an opportunity to discover themselves, explore their passions around social justice and environmental sustainability, and teach them to have a voice in their communities and world at large!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Small classes, focus on community and environment, and great staff!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 29, 2009

Poorly run, badly organized, mediocre academics, no music program, no cafeteria, arbitrary discipline tactics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2009

Made the biggest difference in my son's education. He finished all three years at Paulo Freire and is now an active participant in his own eduction, clearly sees his relationship to his community, and is active in creating social change. Thanks Paulo Freire!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2009

In my daughters last school, she was struggling. Paulo Freire has been wonderful for her. All her grades are up and she is so much happier. The size of the school and the wonderful caring teachers and staff are the reason why she is now succeeding.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 42%
Hispanic 18% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 10% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Asian 0% 3%
Black 0% 5%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (520) 624-7518

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Environmental
  • Social justice
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
30
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
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Tucson, AZ 85705
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