School Details

Freire CS

2027 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 557-8555

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 9-12 504 students 31 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade


Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Freire Charter School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Freire CS is a charter high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Freire CS is Dr Kelly Davenport. 504 children attend Freire CS and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 43% of the 504 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Freire CS is 31:1. Science Leadership Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Dance
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 94% 99%
Multiracial 5% %
Hispanic 0.8% 0.8%
Asian 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.2%
White, non-Hispanic 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a parent of an student @ Freire Charter School. I feel that Freire Charter School is one of the Best schools that really inforce the CODE OF CONDUCT! This school will not put up with violence in or outside of the school & because of this students can focus on education @ all times. My daughter is an honor student & she works hard to maintain her grades. Freire really prep. students for college & your child will work hard . Most of all they will be ready & proud @ the end. I must say that if you are a parent that will make time for your childs education & communicate with the teachers well should not have any problems.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is in the eleventh grade with a 4.0 gpa avg. This school can be ridiculous with their strict rules and attitude. The teachers are not attentive they have bad attitudes. The leaders are just as worst as the teachers. Yes the academics are good but are horrible when a student wants to understand the work.

  • (4 years ago)

    this school is challenging yet not extremely hard. it has a great teacher to student ratio and it has good rules.

  • (5 years ago)

    As has been said Freire is a good school for students wanting free college preparation. Every student gets a chance to enter the admissions lottery. Once accepted we assume that college is their goal and our standards reflect that. Many students thrive and are accepted to 4-year colleges with scholarships. Some students struggle to catch up academically to college-prep level work and they must be motivated to take advantage of the supports in place. I can say that the staff members genuinely care about students and want to help them succeed. Yes the rules are strict but they prepare kids for professional opportunities and create a safe learning environment.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a great school. The rules are a little tight but in the end they are worth it. My daughter was from catholic school and knowing that I didn't have to pay for a decent education took alot of stress off of me. If your child is not serious about their education do not send them there but if your child is serious this is the place.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is my sons first year he is an 11th grader so far I have been impressed my son has long term goals set up and one of them is to get into a good college. He has plenty of homework and he says that he is challenged and that is a plus the feedback from both the teachers and staff is really on point and you are treated in a respectfully manner which is always a plus in my eye. I attended the parents night event and was totally blown away because of the high attendance rate of parents and that was truly awesome.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love Freire. It's great school to me. The only bad thing about it is how ridiculous some of the rules are. The teachers always care about how you're doing and if you need help they give it. I highly recommend this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter attends this school. She was struggling in the 8th Grade. When she attended freire she been a straight A student. I tell other parents about sending their kids to Freire.

  • (6 years ago)

    11/2/07 My son attends Freire Charter School and I must admit that this school as a college-prep does prepare him for college. However while I understand the need for rules and regulations Freire has gone way over the line! As some others have pointed out it is 'ridiculous'! Though my son is a senior...soon to graduate I absolutely cannot wait until he does! Every time I see the Freire's name/number pop up on the caller-id I get extremely disturbed thinking my son has been accused of something asinine which will either get him suspended or expelled. But as already pointed out he will soon graduate Lord's Will and it's already seven months in counting!! Thus if you are thinking about sending your son/daughter to this school is well worth it; however peace of mind goes a long way so really consider the headaches that may accompany your decision.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think Freire is a excellent school it prepares your child for college eventhough my daughter complains about the rules sometimes I always explain to her that if parents had there way in the school system children will definitely complain about that. My motto is Do want you have to do and keep it movin.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a great school to attend if you want to go to college

  • (10 years ago)

    This school needs to lighten up on the rules. They are trying too hard to be the best. Tucked shirts do not look right when not wearing a uniform and carrying your jacket and not being able to put it on is rediculus.

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