Mission and Vision

Sankofa Freedom Academy is a college preparatory K-12 freedom schoolthat will build on the Philadelphia Freedom Schools model to increaseliteracy and numeracy levels throughout the community, promote respectfor scholarship, servant leadership, conflict resolution, and culturaldemocracy. Through the use of African Centered and culturallyresponsive methodologies, Sankofa Freedom Academy will engender in itsstudents, staff, and community a love for learning, pride in heritageand a commitment to personal and societal transformation. Byoperationalizing the adage, “each one / teach one”, Sankofa FreedomAcademy Charter School will build intergenerational learning communitiesin which each and every person is responsible to learn in order toteach, and teach in order to build a better world .

Peace, Blessings and Gratitude from Dr. Mama:

Birds flyin high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky, you know how I feel

Breeze driftin on by, you know how I feel

It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new life for me (we)

And I’m feelin….good!

Sung by the High Preistess of Soul

……….Nina Simone

Well family, we did it!  After so many years of moving, hoping, praying, and working toward one unified campus, we opened our new building on Wednesday, September 9 with our entire K-12 family in one place.  It’s been a long hard road but every step we took brought us closer to our destination.  It is true that every journey begins with a step.  That first step we took was believing in one another to open a school based on the idea that our children deserved a place where they would be safe and would be taught by people who believed that each of them could make a difference in the world someday. 

Here we now are.  Poised to continue the next phase of our journey.  We are excited about the books that our children will read in this space.  We are excited about the transformations that will occur in this community.  We are excited about the social justice and service learning projects that will change outcomes locally and globally.  We are excited about the libations that will be spoken and poured in the new Harambee Hall.  We are excited about the circles that we will form to solve problems and to give one another encouragement.  We are excited about the college acceptances that will be hung on these walls for all to see.  We are excited about the buses and vans that will leave from this parking lot to take our children to Africa, the Caribbean, South America and perhaps Europe.  We are excited about the parent meetings that will be filled with adults who love our children and want to ensure each of them is successful in their own way on their own path.  We are grateful.  We are excited. 

We are beginning a new phase at Sankofa.  This phase will inevitably be filled with ups and downs but will no doubt culminate in victory.  With your help, we are convinced that our best days, are yet to come..  Thus with you and your children on this journey toward African excellence with us, it is no wonder that we are so overjoyed.  Life Nina Simone, when we consider our new dawn, new day, and new life, we can’t help but proclaim for all to hear that we are definitely, FEELIN GOOD!  Thanks for taking this journey with us. Enjoy your new building!

Parent Information Session


Freedom Writers 2014

​In 2012, a reported 10 million children suffered from parental incarceration! The Philadelphia Youth Network: Sankofa Freedom Writers have recognized the magnitude of the effects of mass incarceration on children and families and decided to take a stand. By signing this petition, you are joining us in advocating for the following recommendations for change in local and federal policies.

1. Allocate funding for community and school-based programs which serve and support children with incarcerated family members
2. End policies that evict families due to the incarceration of a member of the household

That's why I created a petition to The Pennsylvania State House, The Pennsylvania State Senate, and 4 others.

Will you sign this petition? Click here



Title I Parent Notification

Greetings Parent/Guardian,Sankofa receives Title I funding and is included under the regulations of the “No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB) that was signed into law by President Bush on January 8, 2002. NCLB is designed to improve student achievement by increasing federal involvement in public education both at the state and local level. NCLB requires significant changes to schools that receive Title I funding. To see the details, please click the link to the left titled "Title I Parent Notification".

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