We are 1,900 students facing very real challenges and possessing incredible potential to make positive change in ourselves, our communities and the world.
We are 98 teachers and administrators all bound by our mission to help every one of our students reach their full potential, and in the process, continue to learn and grow ourselves.
We are 4 distinct schools in two different cities, guided by the same principles of equality, diversity, mutual respect and critical thought.
We are an unstoppable movement growing the legacy of our namesake, Paulo Freire. (That’s "free-air-ee" for those yet unintroduced.)
A Regional Leader in Trauma-Informed Education
At Freire Charter Schools, we know teaching isn’t possible unless our students (and teachers) feel safe and understood. That’s why we work so hard to ensure that our schools are 100% nonviolent learning environments every single day.
We don’t rely on metal detectors to keep our schools safe. Instead, we believe and invest in peer mediation, peaceful resolutions and free, high-quality student and family counseling services. We meet our students where they are and guarantee them the support they need to thrive.
Most of all, we give our teachers the freedom to earn their students’ trust in their expertise and compassion.
Read the Inquirer’s coverage of our signature trauma-informed Take Back the City program. Learn how we address the “heartache and stress” that our students “wrestle with in their personal lives,” so they can open themselves to the education they need to shape the future they want and deserve.
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"A Philadelphia charter school that shines as a beacon of nonviolence."
— Colliers Magazine
"Since 1999, Freire's unique school model has delivered on empathetic understanding by building a community of listeners. For us, this is the foundation of trauma-informed education."
— Kelly Davenport, Executive Director, Freire Charter School Foundation
Freire provides the freedom and support teachers need to thrive.
We encourage innovation because we know our students deserve the best from us — and better than that tomorrow.
Freire teachers are constantly learning from one another and working together to improve their craft. It's no surprise our teacher retention rate of 88% outperforms those of other schools.
Freire teachers are subject-matter experts who apply content knowledge to real-world situations and who appreciate that we are all both teachers and students. We are searching for teachers who want to serve, grow and lead.
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