Mission and Vision
Sankofa Freedom Academy is a college preparatory K-12 freedom school
that will build on the Philadelphia Freedom Schools model to increase
literacy and numeracy levels throughout the community, promote respect
for scholarship, servant leadership, conflict resolution, and cultural
democracy. Through the use of African Centered and culturally
responsive methodologies, Sankofa Freedom Academy will engender in its
students, staff, and community a love for learning, pride in heritage
and a commitment to personal and societal transformation. By
operationalizing the adage, “each one / teach one”, Sankofa Freedom
Academy Charter School will build intergenerational learning communities
in which each and every person is responsible to learn in order to
teach, and teach in order to build a better world .
Peace and Blessings from Dr. Mama: We Need You!
Beloved Parents, welcome to the this, our sixth year of operation. Sankofa Freedom Academy is growing and maturing. As we grow, we are becoming better and stronger in so many ways! Our children continue to accomplish great things. This summer our servant leaders, under the guidance of Mama Nikki Cameron and Sis. Nia Imani-Farrar, took first place in a city projects competition sponsored by Philadelphia Youth Network. Their project was on how to mitigate the impact of mass incarceration on children and families in our community. Our teachers are growing as we see them move up into greater positions of authority. Sis. Katina Mackey-Green has gone from being a 3rd grade teacher to the Reading Specialist, and she is now coordinator of the lower school. Sis. Toni has grown from being an ISS in her first year to teacher, team leader, and now middle school coordinator. Sis. Brown continues to grow. She started as lead teacher of lower school. She became coordinator of middle school and is now the Servant Leadership Coordinator for the entire school. Our institution is growing. This year, for the first time, the children who started with us in 4th grade have entered high school. The class that started as Zulu is now and will forever be Kemet 2. This class has brought an awesome energy to the high school. We know they will do great things.
The only area where we feel we are not growing is in the area of parent participation and involvement. In our first year, we had parent meetings that were very well attended and a parent leadership group that was very active. Through these years, despite our efforts, the number of parents who are involved in helping to guide and support the school has decreased considerably. WE must turn this around. We know you are busy! We know we must improve our communication and organization. WE are willing to work hard to win you back to our meetings. We stand ready to listen to you and to make our meetings relevant, informative, and short! Why??? The answer is simple. We want to be a truly great school. We want to be a school that is a blessing to our children, families, and community. While we might be a good school with a few parents participating, we will never be a great school without more of you partnering with us to reach the next level of greatness. Beloved parents, we need you! We need your wisdom! We need your creativity! We need your great ideas! We need your support! We need your energy! Parents, Sankofa Freedom Academy needs you! Let this be the year that we rebuild our Wazuri and join forces as parents and educators together to help our children, ourselves, and our school become what we were intended to become..a truly great Freedom School, that brings parents, children, community members and educators together to make a difference in our selves, family, community, nation, and world. The next meeting is November 12th . Please be there!
Axxum Dual Enrollment & A-Team Students
Lincoln University Dual Enrollment Students
The following students are the first to have had the opportunity to participate in the dual enrollment program at Lincoln University. They are taking Pre-Calculus this semester and will take an English Literature course next Semester.
The students are: Aminah Wilkerson, Carolyn Coleman. Brenden Stevens, Najean Johnson, Infinity Pennington and Deja Rawls
Community College of Philadelphia Dual Enrollment Program
Sankofa students who have a 3.0 GPA or higher are encouraged to participate in the dual enrollment program at Community College of Philadelphia. They have the opportunity to take two courses per semester. This semester, the students are enrolled in Sociology, Spanish, Acting, Behavior Health, Pre Calculus, Art, Movement for Dance, Psychology and Introduction to Architecture.
The students enrolled in this program are: Talia Nelson, Kenny Richardson, Aminah Wilkerson, Carolyn Coleman, Najean Johnson, Infinity Pennington, Rashid Young and Bahiya Cotton
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
JOIN US IN UPLIFTING LITTLE SOULS AND FREEING BROKEN FAMILIES!!
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
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".