Over the past sixteen years, Freire Charter School has built one of the most respected academic programs in the City of Philadelphia. Its high school campus has been the recipient of several local, state, and national awards for educational excellence. Now, the leadership of Freire aims to bring the same level of excellence to the students of Delaware.
For far too long, Delaware has been divided educationally into “haves” and “have-nots”. Only three public high schools in Delaware beat the national averages for sending their graduates off to college. The remaining thirty three high schools fall short. Kids who can test into magnet schools or have parents who can afford private schools get to be the haves. Too many kids who remain in these thirty three public high schools, however, are at risk of being have-nots. With our Philadelphia school sending a higher percentage of its graduates to college than every single Delaware public high school, Freire Wilmington is coming to town to shake the status quo up. If your child wants to go to college, he or she deserves to have the best college preparatory high school education possible.
At Freire Charter School, we believe students have much to learn and experience but, also, much to teach – to each other and our educators. This growth begins in the classroom and continues through the hallways and into our community. The students of Freire Wilmington carry the responsibility of their scholarship along with administrators, teachers, support staff, and parents. We believe this holistic approach, which values autonomy, equity, and community, honors the legacy of Paulo Freire.
Freire Wilmington will open with grades 8, 9, and 10 this August in our first year. We will then add grade 11 in our second year and grade 12 following that. Fully enrolled, our school will span grades 8 to 12, following a five-year high school model. Students applying to Freire live in Wilmington and almost every neighborhood in its surrounding suburbs.