In 2010, Freire was the 1st charter school in the State of Pennsylvania to be selected as a National Title 1 Distinguished School.
Freire was the 2nd highest performing charter high school overall on the 2009-2010 PSSAs in the City of Philadelphia.
In 2011, Freire was one of 3 high schools in the entire United States to win the EPIC Award. This honor was given to those charter schools who are truly the nation’s best in terms of raising the academic ability levels of its students.
The number of times Freire has won the PA Department of Education’s Keystone Award for Academic Excellence
Top 10 Finish!!! On the 2009-2010 PSSAs, Freire finished in the Top Ten of all public high schools (over 85!) in the City of Philadelphia.
The number of points the Class of 2010’s SAT average beat the national SAT average for their peer group
The number of colleges in Princeton Review’s Best 368 Colleges to which Freire students have been accepted
Freire’s average daily attendance rate compared to 65% citywide
Over 95% of each graduating class go off to college each year, with over 75% of these students attending 4-year colleges and universities
The amount of money awarded to the Class of 2010 in scholarships
Founded in 1998, Freire Charter School is one of the oldest charter schools in the State of Pennsylvania. Since its inception, FCS has provided a joyous and safe learning environment where education can take place inside and outside the school walls actively and mindfully. Seeking to serve even more students, Freire opened a middle school campus in August 2012.
Freire students come from all over the City of Philadelphia. There are currently 450 students in our middle school and 520 students in Grades 9 through 12.
Student to Faculty Ratio:
15 to 1
Freire’s Middle School Campus is located at 1026 Market Street just footsteps from Philadelphia’s City Hall as well as other classic attractions such as the Avenue of the Arts, Reading Terminal Market, and the Convention Center. Freire renovated a former store of the iconic F.W. Woolworth to create a state-of-the art educational building that will offer top-notch instruction to students across Philadelphia for years to come.
Freire’s High School Campus is just two blocks from Rittenhouse Square, one of Philadelphia’s five original squares designed by William Penn and arguably its most elegant, at 2027 Chestnut Street. The high school is located inside the former Stephen Girard Hotel, a historic Art Deco building that served for many years as Center City’s YWCA. Freire has thoroughly renovated this facility to outfit it with the latest in technology including a full computer lab, wireless internet throughout, and SmartBoards in every classroom.
With our location in the third largest downtown in the United States, Freire is able to expose its students to a vast array of community activities with dozens of museums, galleries, theaters, and historical attractions just footsteps away.