Parent_Notification 12.04.17 (click to download)

 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 & Blessings from Dr. Mama:


DrMamaOn September 29, when I walked into the lower school cafeteria I beheld a truly beautiful sight. The gym was filled with well over 100 grandparents, parents, and children eating, playing, coloring together.  Just seeing and feeling all the love that was on display reminded me of one of the reasons that I love Sankofa so very much.  I love this school because we have such wonderful families.  We have so many people who are making great sacrifices to support their children and support our school.

Some of these parents have been moving and grooving, growing and glowing with us since 2009.  As I was doing the electric slide with a group of Grandmoms on the floor, I thought about how even though we don’t always see eye to eye or move the same way, we still manage to move together.  So I want to start this year by saying thank you to all those parents who have been patient with us as we have attempted to provide a positive and safe environment for our children to learn the Sankofa Way.   And what, may you ask, is the Sankofa Freedom Way?  It is insisting that our children learn to be proud of themselves, their families, their people, their culture, and their ability to make a difference in this world.  

Thank you for all the support you have given in order for us to receive the renewal of our charter.  We now have the opportunity to renew our commitment to making our school better for our beautiful children.  Let’s renew our commitment to work together.  Let’s renew our commitment to communicate with one another.  Let’s renew our support for fundraising in our school starting with our gala for international service.  Let’s renew the Sankofa dream to build an inter-generational community of scholars and servant leaders.  Together we can make this a great and wonderful year.

Peace & Blessings from Sis. Sharaine Brown:

October has arrived quickly! In just a week, the first progress report will be mailed home, offering a glance of your child’s current academic and behavioral standing.

I know that each year, every student comes back to school wanting to do his or her best. With this in mind, almost all students return each September with a common goal—increased success—or the “I am going to do better this year,” goal. The desire to complete more assignments, improve attendance, or simply achieve higher grades is real. Setting goals and learning how to work through setbacks successfully is a skill that successful adults have mastered.  The academic program here, at Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School, facilitates various opportunities for scholars to learn this important life skill.

Parents, guardians and teachers each play a role in this important learning process. Helping students to create a plan that supports their success is critical to goal setting. Work with your student to establish time for doing homework, when to go to bed, asking for help when they need it, how to advocate for themselves with teachers, and even eating healthy meals. Students with concrete plans to achieve goals are more likely to do so.  Likewise, if a student does fail an assignment or two—even a class—teach them to keep trying until they do succeed.  In these cases, resilience, self-control, and perseverance are a student and parent’s best friends. It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I get to become a member of the SFACS family, and I am truly honored for being appointed the CAO/Principal for the 2017-18 school year. Please know that I am here in service to the student body, their families and the educators of SFACS. Best wishes for this school year!


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