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Freedom Prep Charter School

Charter | 6-8 | 250 students

Our school is best known for getting scholars on the path to college.

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $41,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $970.

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3 stars

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Posted April 11, 2014

Amazing! They have a great principal and my child is happy to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2013

This school has changed for the better! I am the proud parent of a scholar who recently graduated with honors at this school. The teachers and principal motivate the students to succeed. If your child needs help in any academic the teachers make time for them. The guidance counselor helped me place my child into a great high school. The teachers reward the students with trips and prizes which gives them motivation to succeed. It also shows the students that with hard work you will be rewarded with a great job or promotion or any goal that your child is striving to achieve. I recommend this school to anyone who wants the best education in a middle school for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2010

Freedom Academy Charter School has changed! After a couple of few years of mismanagement - the school is on an upswing. The teachers really care about the students and the management really care abouth the school. It is a wonderful place to bring your children. The staff is dedicated to teach and guide your child. The help with the High School placement of the 8th grade students. They will do whatever it takes for your child to learn and grow.


Posted May 8, 2009

Freedom Academy Charter School is an excellent school. For all those parents who wants there child to receive the best education and who believes in the saying 'Knowledge is Power,' please enroll your child. It is guaranteed that your child will receive the best education possible with its dedicated teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

Freedon Academy Charter school is a joke. They treat the children as if they are Robots. When visiting the school I notice how most of the teachers talk At the students and not to them. Nothing gets resolved when you have concerns. It only get worst. One thing they are good at is, pulling the wool over the parents eyes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2007

I think the teachers do try their best here, but they are limited in what they can do to weak to non-existent leadership at the top. Positively, the school has added some extra curricular activities (basketball and cheerleading) for students to be involved in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2007

Kipp Freedom Academy in Camden is by far not the school you would expect it to be. In all honesty you would expect a KIPP School to have better control than a public school in the city of Camden, however that is clearly not the case. The leadership nor the teachers have the slightest idea of what they're doing or trying to accomplish. Overall I believe KIPP Headquarters would be horrified at how awful that school is being operated.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 66% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
20%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
28%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 65% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
35%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
12%

2010

 
 
10%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 82% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
27%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students44%
Female53%
Male34%
Black45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learners42%
Not migrant44%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former42%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students47%
Female56%
Male38%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learners43%
Not migrant47%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former43%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students40%
Female37%
Male43%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant40%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students41%
Female38%
Male43%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged27%
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learners41%
Not migrant41%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former41%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students68%
Female74%
Male62%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Special educationn/a
General education78%
English language learners56%
Not migrant68%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former56%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students36%
Female43%
Male29%
Black34%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Special educationn/a
General education37%
English language learners44%
Not migrant36%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former44%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students65%
Female66%
Male64%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education67%
English language learners75%
Not migrant65%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former75%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Not migrantn/a
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

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48%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 82% 16%
Hispanic 17% 22%
White 1% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 42%N/A51%
Female 58%N/A49%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Dance teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Japanese
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Clubs
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club: Step
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Japanese

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 5:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Bridgit Cusata-Rosa
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (856) 962-0769

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Multi-aged
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club: Step
  • Foreign language club: Japanese
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Science club
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize cultural events
School leaders can update this information here.

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9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
250
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
278
Students typically come from these schools
Yorkship
Camden City Public Schools
Due Seasons

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Woodrow Wilson
LEAP
Met East
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1400 Collings Road
Camden, NJ 08104
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Phone: (856) 962-0766

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