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Freedom High School

Public | 9-12 | 1939 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted February 10, 2014

I am extremely disappointed with the education my two children received at Freedom High School. Neither of my children was prepared well for college (reading, writing, critical thinking) even though they took AP, honors and/or the college prep track. There is so much wrong with this school and its programs - academic and athletic - on every level. The few excellent teachers are overwhelmed by the mediocrity and lack of commitment of their co-workers. On the other hand, the social scene and use of social media are fantastic - 24/7! Students must be self-motivated to apply to colleges and there is no career or college advising curriculum. Availability of electives is minimal and involvement in other-than sports & plays activities is very low. I would recommend taking the number of credits to graduate and then dual enroll in community college. Community service is not monitored and depends on the student's initiative. There are no programs in place to assist students who are having a hard time or are failing other than a very weak "peer" tutor program. Teachers generally do not stay after school. The place clears out so quickly that you would think the fire alarm went off. So sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I Love Freedom High because it offers a wide range of students from mentally handicapped to gifted the opportunity to learn in a safe caring environment. Thank You
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2009

I feel Freedom High School is a good school but i also feel the school should have a better teaching staff. I feel some of the teachers let kids get away with things that should be taken care of. I feel they dont pay attention to what goes on in their classrooms cause if they did their would be no problems. I feel they also have their favorites in the students. One thing they should seriously think about is not letting no electronic devices in the school at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

I love the school! I just dislike some teachers. But overall it's an amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2007

Freedom High School has been great. For the past 4 years I have been able to only concentrate on 4 subjects per semester and my grades have gone up since middle school
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2007

Freedom High School has been great for my son. I love the block classes and the time that it gives the teachers to provide extra help to those who need it. My son only has to concentrate on 4 classes at a time and seems to learn well under this system. My younger son will start there this coming year and is learning disabled. I believe that he will do very well in this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 8, 2007

I don't think this school is up to par and there is too many students to teacher ratio. Teachers are letting kids do what they want and just continue to teach and no one is learning anything.Basically its teach yourself.The scores for this school is proof enough. Sure they have great athletics but after high school where does that leave the kids,unless there's that one in a million superstar.More time needs to be put in to teach the students and they need a controlled environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2005

FHS is a very good school. Academically and athletically, theatrically, and musically, FHS is as good if not better than any high school around. Sometimes I feel we get a bad rap. Liberty H.S. if just down the way, in the same district, but many feel that Liberty gets more than FHS, maybe because it is more visible. I feel FHS gets the short end of the stick in many ways. It is a shame because the support within is strong and the talent is awesome. If one had the choice of High Schools...Freedom High School is the #1 choice all around. Go Pates!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2004

My overall opinion is that Freedom is a really good school and the teachers are really good with the students and give their all to help the students.
—Submitted by a parent


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

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

426 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

424 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

417 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
31%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

423 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
84%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students53%
Female53%
Male53%
Black36%
Asian73%
Hispanic25%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female72%
Male62%
Black51%
Asian68%
Hispanic43%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students36%
Female33%
Male38%
Black18%
Asian35%
Hispanic18%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities (IEP)2%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students84%
Female91%
Male79%
Black82%
Asian91%
Hispanic69%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 71%
Hispanic 28% 9%
Black 11% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Bethlehem, PA 18020
Phone: (610) 867-5843

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