Freedom Schools 2016 web

For the third consecutive year, Osseo Area Schools hosted two Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® that engaged 200 students in high-quality summer learning. CDF Freedom Schools play a critical role in the school district’s priority work to ensure equitable student achievement. This means ensuring high levels of achievement for all students and accelerating growth for students of color and other underperforming groups in order to close the achievement gap on all state-mandated tests.

The program’s focus on reading enrichment is highly effective in helping students prevent summer learning loss in reading. Nationwide, the typical summer loss for students from low-income families is two months of reading achievement, according to the CDF. Local data show that among District 279 Freedom Schools participants in grades 3-6, 94 percent maintained or gained reading levels. The average gain was a remarkable one year and 10 months!

Freedom Schools will be offered in District 279 next summer as well. Specific school sites have not yet been determined. Learn more about Freedom Schools and watch a video featuring Osseo’s CDF Freedom School at Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts.

For more information about our Freedom Schools programming, contact Courtney Gulyard, assistant principal at Zanewood Community School, or Dr. Rev Hillstrom, director of educational equity.