What We Do
Summer can make or break the education of lower-income kids. While middle- and higher-income peers maintain—or even gain—knowledge during summer breaks, lower-income children lose two to three months in reading comprehension. By the end of third grade, lower-income children are typically two years behind in reading, due in large part to summer learning loss. Without significant intervention, most who fall behind by third grade will never catch up. Freedom School Partners changes the future for under-resourced students by giving them three life-changing tools: literacy skills, character strengths and a community that believes in them.
Freedom School Experience
Through our summer literacy and enrichment program, scholars focus on meaning-focused literacy skills and active reading, while building personal libraries, participating in energy-filled activities that get them geared up for a fun day of learning, and building connections and social and emotional skills.
Like the scholars we serve, Freedom School Partners is making amazing strides. Learn more about our impact.
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” —Frederick Douglass
Opening Books, Opens Doors
WHY WE DO ITThe benefits of Freedom School extend far beyond the classroom—beyond even the scholars we serve to include the community as a whole.
ABOUT USWith roots dating back to 1999, Freedom School Partners is dedicated to assisting low-income students in Charlotte bridge the education gap. We do this in partnership with faith and community organizations that share our commitment to educational equity and our passion for social justice and upward mobility.
Because this gap is due, in large part, to inequitable access to educational opportunities during the summer months, Freedom School Partners harnesses the strengths of paid college interns (Servant Leader Interns) and community members to enrich low-income students with literacy and life skills, as well as exposing them to a range of other academic subjects.