School enrollment lottery application deadline is April 23, 2015

School Enrollment Lottery

The application deadline for the 2015-2016 lottery is April 23, 2015.  The lottery will take place on May 1, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.  You are welcome to attend, but you do not need to be present for your child to be included in the lottery.  Acceptance and waiting list notifications will be mailed to all applicants by May 30, 2015.

PowerSchool Parents Portal

Hello Parents , the administration and staff at
 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

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:
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

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".

Sankofa Bird News

Bro. Isaiah Thomas: Modeling the Freedom School Way!

Isaiah    In 1999, when he was a high school student, Bro. Isaiah joined the first
    cohort of servant leaders in the Philadelphia Freedom Schools
    Movement.  Ever since then, he has been finding new ways to model
    the freedom school message, that young people can make a
    difference in themselves, family, community, and world.  Bro. Isaiah
    Thomas, who is our Associate Dean of Students, has been a Freedom
    School servant leader intern, a national Ella Baker trainer, a site
    coordinator, project director and a member of the founding coalition of
    Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School.  He has served as the
    founder of our athletic programs and has coached our basketball team
    into the state competition.  I guess you can tell we are very proud of
    Bro. Isaiah.  Well, he is making us proud again, as he announces his
    candidacy for a seat on the Philadelphia City Council.  We are grateful
    that Bro. Isaiah is giving our children a real life civics lesson in what it
    takes to run for elected office.  Thank you Bro. Isaiah and best wishes
    in your upcoming campaign.

Gotta Love the Sankofa A-Team!

So often we give shout outs to our children and staff for their many accomplishments.  Far too often, however, our ladies at the front desk go unheralded.  This month we want to give a shout out and express our appreciation to our two wonderful Administrative Assistants:  Mama Khem at the Main Building and Sis. Lisa at the Annex.  Both of these ladies try everyday to be helpful to parents, staff, and children.  At Main, Mama Khem Hopson serves every kind of problem imaginable.  She acts as nurse when Sis. Mona is off site, and seems to direct traffic in the very busy front office.  She handles her responsibility with such grace, and patience.  Sis. Lisa Reed is in the Annex with her warmth, sassiness, and style.  She is the Auntie, Big Sister, Second Mom and mentor to so many of our middle and high school students and staff.  If there is disruption in the hall or an uncovered class, count on Sis. Lisa to step up and handle Sankofa business.  These two ladies have different styles, but both are loving and cherished members of the Sankofa family!  We love you Sis. Lisa and Mama Khem.

Lisa and Khem


“In the Land of the Purple”

SFA’s senior class is out and about on their 6-8 week internships at various locations across the city. The internships are taking place at the following sites:


Archdiocese of Philadelphia NDS
The Attic
Best Behavioral Health Care
The Birth Center
Brenna Law Firm
Burton Innovations
Campaign for Working Families
Clear Air Council

Carson Valley Children’s Aid
Daddy University
Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School
Youth United for Change
Drexel College of Medicine
Imani Education Cir
cle Charter School
snr Kipp Philadelphia Charter School
Mothers in Charge

 OIC of America
 The Philadelphia Police Department
 The Office of Council Woman Maria Sanchez
The Office of State Representative Jason Dawkins

 Turning Points for Children