Better Summers, Brighter Futures

Improving Students’ Opportunities through Literacy, One Summer at a Time

What We Do

Summer can make or break the education of under-resourced students. While middle and higher resourced peers maintain—or even gain—knowledge during summer breaks, under-resourced children lose two to three months in reading comprehension. By the end of third grade, these 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.

Our Programs

Freedom School Experience

Through our summer reading 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.

Already a Scholar?

We are so excited that you are part of Freedom School! This portal provides easy access for the scholars’ family to their profile, registration materials, and other important information.

Join Our Team!

Servant Leader Interns (SLIs) make Freedom School possible! SLIs are college students from all majors who serve as our classroom leaders, gaining paid professional development experience and the satisfaction of making a real difference in the lives of our scholars.

2023 Impact

Like the scholars we serve, Freedom School Partners is making amazing strides. Learn more about our impact.

Scholars Served
Freedom School Sites

“Reading is a window to the outside world. Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” – Marian Wright Edelman

Opening Books, Opens Doors


The benefits of Freedom School extend far beyond the classroom—beyond even the scholars we serve to include the community as a whole.

Learning from young adults and community members who truly care about them and their success helps scholars create real relationships with role models who gain just as much from the experience as the students.


With roots dating back to 1999, Freedom School Partners is dedicated to assisting under-resourced 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 under-resourced students with literacy and life skills.


Join the movement. Invest your time with us.

Freedom School Partners relies on passionate community and parent volunteers to help us reach as many scholars as possible. Giving back has never felt so good!

Be a part of the Freedom School movement.

Together, we can equip a generation of Charlotte-area scholars with the tools they need to succeed in school and in life. The good news is that we can all play a part. Donate to the mission. Volunteer your time. Register your students.