Hello Parents , the administration and staff at
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 .
Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School
are excited to announce that we are at the
point where we can provide you and your
child (children) with access to current grades and attendance via PowerSchool Parent Portal. For more information, click on Parent's Page under "Links" above.
Mission and Vision
Peace and Blessings from Dr. Mama:
One Love, One School, One Building!
Those of you who have been attending our parent meetings know that we have been trying to acquire a building to house our Lower, Middle, and Upper School. When we started our school in 2009, we did so with 300 students in grades k-4 and 9. Now we have 650 students in grades k-12. Almost each year we have been in existence, we have had to move in order to have enough space for our students and our growing programs. We feel so blessed to have grown and to be growing every year. Our growth has not just been in numbers, but in the various course offerings we have given to our children. We now have a wonderful music program. We have individual instrumental lessons. We have a dance program in lower middle, and upper schools. Starting Monday, we have a STEMS honors program along with a new math honors program. We have lots of enthusiasm, pride, and gratitude for all the blessings that Sankofa has been experiencing. What we have not had enough of is room for all of these wonderful blessings. To add an even greater sense of urgency, our lease for both buildings we are in is over on June 30 of this year and the Archdiocese, who own our buildings, wants to sell them. Although we considered buying the buildings we are presently in, we know that they really are too small, and that we have outgrown them both.
In December of this year, after much discussion, our Board of Trustees gave its permission for us to pursue the purchase of a building located at 2501 Kensington Avenue. The building that we are attempting to acquire was the home of Mariana Bracetti Academy. We are looking to acquire and renovate this school and transform it into a beautiful new home for our children and staff. This building is right down the street on the elevated train, right off from Huntingdon station. It has two gyms, science labs, is fully air conditioned and is 130,000 square ft. In fact, it can house 1100 students. We know that it is not located in the 19124 zip code. We have been assured, however, by the parents who have visited the building, those who have attended the meetings, and others that have heard the news from the children, that they will support the move. Please be assured, if we move down on Kensington Avenue, busing will be provided for all children who live more than 1.5 miles from the school. In addition, we will increase our security support for students, so that there is a safe corridor from the front door of our school to the major transportation hubs. Finally, please know that we are committed to continuing to serve the Frankford community and will work with the Frankford Community Development Corporation to make sure that we have a parent liaison right in the neighborhood. We also will continue to give first preference to our families who live in the 19124 neighborhood.
Presently we are in negotiations with The Reinvestment Fund of Philadelphia. Our loan application for 5 million dollars looks very favorable. We do not have final approval, but we continue to be hopeful. If any of you have questions or concerns about our uniting our schools under one roof so that we can more effectively serve our children in a newly renovated more modern facility, please let us know. We will be available to answer more questions at the next parent meeting. In the meantime, please send positive energy and lots of light and love in the hopes that we will be approved for our loan and actually have one love, one school, and one building by September, 2015!!!
Parent Information Session
February 19, 2015
March 12, 2015
April 9th, 2015
May 7, 2015
June 11, 2015
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".