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 .
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 here.
Peace and Blessings from Dr. Mama:
Learning Starts With Being Present!
As we approach the mid way point in the year, we have so many things about which to be excited and proud. Our seniors have gone out on their internships, our middle school and lower school children are involved in a reading competition in connection with the Ronald McDonald House, our high school has entered a team in the Aspen challenge competition that brings them together with students from all over the city, who are involved in social justice work. We are definitely excited to have our high school girls’ basketball team ahead in their division, ranked 12th in the city and on their way to the play-offs.
So many students are having great experiences here at Sankofa, however, far too many of our students are missing opportunities and are in danger of failing because their attendance is so poor. Children are expected to attend school daily. To maintain good attendance, a child is expected to attend school at least 95% of the time. That would mean that your child should not be absent more than 9 days during the entire school year. We have far too many children who have already missed more than 10 days. For those students who are now up to 15 absences, their parents are receiving letters letting them know that their children are presently poised to repeat the grade.
Please be reminded that it is in our handbook that, in order to be promoted to the next grade, students have to attend school over 80% of the school year. Failure to do so, means an automatic failure in the class. If your child’s grades are being “withheld” this report card period, it is because we need you to know that, presently, they are failing due to absenteeism. There are so many wonderful things that happen here every day. Our children can only benefit from those things when they are present. Be one of those families that can be proud of placing education first! Send your child to school each and every day! Learning begins when they are present!!!!