School Details

Paulo Freire Freedom School

300 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 624-7552
7

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 6-8 75 students Unknown students/teacher

Test Scores by grade

46%
46%
63%
86%
86%
79%
71%
71%
53%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • El Pueblo Integral - Teaching & Learning Collaborative average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
65%
65%
95%
95%
85%
55%
55%
52%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • El Pueblo Integral - Teaching & Learning Collaborative average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
68%
58%
96%
96%
72%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • El Pueblo Integral - Teaching & Learning Collaborative average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Paulo Freire Freedom School is a charter middle school in Tucson. The principal of Paulo Freire Freedom School is Santo Nicotera. 75 students attend Paulo Freire Freedom School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 0% of the Paulo Freire Freedom School students have "limited English proficiency." Imago Dei Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 71% 61%
Hispanic 18% 21%
Native American or Native Alaskan 10% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Asian 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Limited English proficiency 0% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    The students and teachers know one another intimately. They meet several times each week in their little advisory families and they know that they always have a teacher on their side. They go on about ten field trips each year and spend an additional two weeks on intersessions like backpacking photography political theatre and loads of other brilliant ideas. Some classes are arranged so fourteen or fewer students get to work with one teacher. Many times you will see students working on projects or fun activities and some teachers almost never use desks. From talking with other parents I've learned that several of the other students have learning challenges too but you would never know it. The special education teacher is brilliant and there's no stigma among the students about having a disability. The IEP kids aren't pulled out of class either unless they ask for one-on-one help. Otherwise the SPED and regular teachers just work with all the kids in class. My child went from FBB on the AIMS to meeting and exceeding. This school is compassionate creative fun challenging and works hard for social justice and environmentalism. We are so lucky to have gotten in.

  • (3 years ago)

    Paulo Freire is a small (est. 70 students) cozy school based in the basement of the old YMCA building (small facilities). Assets include 1. Caring young teachers and staff that makes a huge difference especially for middle schoolers. 2. The Leader of the school brings a calm to the school social climate. The kids are well behaved which is remarkable tribute to the staff. 3. The field trips are very interesting. The school is very engaged with the real world. Overall the leadership and staff are what this school is about and they make it an above average even a very special school. Needs The school needs a few things to be more balanced and strong. One consistency with safety when on outings. The staff is not consistent with safety a little to loose with boundaries. Two the school is lacking in diversity. Let's give others a chance especially in a social about social justice. Third a little too pushy with homosexual and lesbian dogma. Back off everyone is not gay and everyone does not approve of that lifestyle. Fourth there's virtually no extracurricular activities. This is not acceptable at all. Parents need to express what we want to see here.

  • (5 years ago)

    I like this school because we get to learn a lot of stuff I did not know and when we learn some of that stuff we sometimes go on an expedition Our last expedition we went to a farm. The classes are great Because we have Humanities Math Science Spanish Electives and more! I <3 this school! I am a sixth grader and am having fun. The teachers are the best because they help you with everything and...Most of them give you part of there lunch but not a big part but its cool Because they are coolio!

  • (5 years ago)

    Small classes focus on community and environment and great staff!

  • (5 years ago)

    I *love* Paulo Freire Freedom School because it gives students an opportunity to discover themselves explore their passions around social justice and environmental sustainability and teach them to have a voice in their communities and world at large!

  • (5 years ago)

    Poorly run badly organized mediocre academics no music program no cafeteria arbitrary discipline tactics.

  • (5 years ago)

    Made the biggest difference in my son's education. He finished all three years at Paulo Freire and is now an active participant in his own eduction clearly sees his relationship to his community and is active in creating social change. Thanks Paulo Freire!

  • (5 years ago)

    In my daughters last school she was struggling. Paulo Freire has been wonderful for her. All her grades are up and she is so much happier. The size of the school and the wonderful caring teachers and staff are the reason why she is now succeeding.

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