Freire Charter School

Summary:

Freire Charter School is a public charter high school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, serving grades 5-12 with a total enrollment of 934 students. The school has a predominantly African American student population, with over 92% of students identifying as such in the 2022-2023 school year. However, Freire Charter School consistently underperforms the state average on standardized tests across all subjects and grade levels.

In the 2022-2023 school year, only 6.3% of Freire Charter School students were proficient or better in PSSA Math, compared to the state average of 39.3%. Similarly, the school's performance in PSSA English Language Arts (27.6% proficient) and Keystone Exams (25-59% proficient) lagged behind the state averages. While Freire Charter School has a relatively high four-year graduation rate, ranging from 86.3% to 90.6% over the past five years, the school's dropout rate has been increasing, from 0.5% in 2018-2019 to 1.7% in 2022-2023. The school serves a predominantly low-income student population, with over 99% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch in recent years.

Compared to nearby high-performing schools, such as Masterman Julia R Sec School and Science Leadership Academy, which are also part of the Philadelphia City School District, Freire Charter School's academic performance is significantly lower. These schools have much higher proficiency rates in Math, Science, and English Language Arts, as well as higher graduation rates and lower dropout rates. Within Freire Charter School, African American students perform better than the overall student population, but students with low socioeconomic status and students with disabilities still struggle.


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Public, Charter 5-12

 2027 Chestnut Street
       Philadelphia, PA  19103


(215) 557-8555

District: Freire Charter School

SchoolDigger Rank:
492nd of 674 Pennsylvania High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,243 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  10.9 Help
Number of students:  934

Racial breakdown:

African American:
92.4%
Two or more races:
3.3%
Hispanic:
3.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  99.5% Help


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Compare Details Freire Charter School ranks worse than 82.3% of middle schools in Pennsylvania. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 15.19. (See more...)
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Compare Details Freire Charter School ranks worse than 73% of high schools in Pennsylvania. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 33.57. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Freire Charter School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (92.4%), two or more races (3.3%), Hispanic (3%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Freire Charter School is 10.9. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Freire Charter School is $18,243.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Freire Charter School:

SchoolDigger ranks Freire Charter School 735th of 893 Pennsylvania public middle schools. (See Freire Charter School in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Freire Charter School 492nd of 674 Pennsylvania public high schools. (See Freire Charter School in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Freire Charter School 497th of 606 Pennsylvania school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Freire Charter School

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Rank History for all middle school students at Freire Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 0.84 638th 643 0.8%
2004 2.61 635th 663 4.2%
2005 3.14 656th 687 4.5%
2006 12.28 662nd 736 10.1%
2007 34.86 564th 749 24.7%
2015 21.51 641st 835 23.2%
2016 18.26 684th 870 21.4%
2017 28.26 626th 877 28.6%
2018 38.69 559th 861 35.1%
2019 45.89 527th 891 40.9%
2021 18.56 641st 797 19.6%
2022 25.64 636th 883 28.0%
2023 15.19 735th 893 17.7%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Freire Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 20.36 706th 874 19.2%
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Rank History for middle school Disabled students at Freire Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 25.03 518th 660 21.5%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Freire Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 44.37 201st 421 52.3%
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Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Freire Charter School

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Rank History for all high school students at Freire Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 1.33 558th 583 4.3%
2004 1.95 564th 590 4.4%
2005 7.53 545th 593 8.1%
2006 32.29 492nd 604 18.5%
2007 34.51 492nd 615 20.0%
2008 32.65 495th 621 20.3%
2009 46.51 422nd 632 33.2%
2010 64.32 253rd 649 61.0%
2011 56.46 351st 660 46.8%
2012 52.45 399th 664 39.9%
2015 61.03 330th 680 51.5%
2016 47.86 447th 677 34.0%
2017 47.06 432nd 663 34.8%
2018 41.68 478th 673 29.0%
2019 16.47 575th 693 17.0%
2021 5.51 513th 537 4.5%
2022 28.27 501st 634 21.0%
2023 33.57 492nd 674 27.0%
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Rank History for high school Low Socio Economic Status students at Freire Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 50.40 348th 652 46.6%
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Rank History for high school Disabled students at Freire Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 39.39 279th 502 44.4%
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Rank History for high school African American students at Freire Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 64.35 81st 260 68.8%
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Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

Freire Charter School Test Scores
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Enrollment information for Freire Charter School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2000 5 101 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 110
2001 6 153 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 160
2002 3 220 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 224
2003 3 220 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 224
2004 3 363 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 368
2005 3 394 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 399
2006 2 390 0 3 0 n/a n/a 0 395
2007 1 447 0 3 0 n/a n/a 0 451
2008 0 412 1 4 0 n/a n/a 0 417
2009 1 489 1 4 0 n/a n/a 0 495
2010 1 499 2 3 0 n/a n/a 0 505
2011 1 472 2 4 1 0 24 0 504
2012 1 472 3 6 2 0 24 0 508
2013 2 891 6 16 0 0 33 0 948
2014 2 894 7 11 1 0 32 0 947
2015 3 941 6 23 4 0 6 0 983
2016 3 938 7 23 7 0 11 0 989
2017 0 950 8 17 2 0 25 0 1002
2018 1 907 2 26 2 0 39 0 977
2019 2 929 2 22 2 0 38 0 995
2020 0 968 2 14 2 1 29 0 1016
2021 2 960 1 16 3 1 34 0 1017
2022 2 926 2 23 2 0 34 0 989
2023 9 863 0 28 3 0 31 0 934

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Freire Charter School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 110 5.0 22.0 0
2001 160 10.0 16.0 0
2002 224 15.3 14.6 0
2003 224 15.3 14.6 0
2004 368 24.0 15.3 0
2005 399 25.0 16.0 0
2006 395 23.5 16.8 0
2007 451 25.5 17.7 0
2008 417 19.2 21.7 n/a
2009 495 16.1 30.6 n/a
2010 505 20.0 25.2 62.8
2011 504 23.3 21.6 42.7
2012 508 22.0 23.0 55.3
2013 948 38.5 24.6 55.9
2014 947 44.9 21.0 88.3
2015 983 43.0 22.8 99.7
2016 989 34.0 29.0 100
2017 1002 62.0 16.1 n/a
2018 977 61.4 15.9 n/a
2019 995 62.0 16.0 99.7
2020 1016 68.0 14.9 n/a
2021 1017 72.0 14.1 99.4
2022 989 83.0 11.9 99.5
2023 934 85.0 10.9 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Freire Charter School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 110 5.0 22.0 0
2001 160 10.0 16.0 0
2002 224 15.3 14.6 0
2003 224 15.3 14.6 0
2004 368 24.0 15.3 0
2005 399 25.0 16.0 0
2006 395 23.5 16.8 0
2007 451 25.5 17.7 0
2008 417 19.2 21.7 n/a
2009 495 16.1 30.6 n/a
2010 505 20.0 25.2 62.8
2011 504 23.3 21.6 42.7
2012 508 22.0 23.0 55.3
2013 948 38.5 24.6 55.9
2014 947 44.9 21.0 88.3
2015 983 43.0 22.8 99.7
2016 989 34.0 29.0 100
2017 1002 62.0 16.1 n/a
2018 977 61.4 15.9 n/a
2019 995 62.0 16.0 99.7
2020 1016 68.0 14.9 n/a
2021 1017 72.0 14.1 99.4
2022 989 83.0 11.9 99.5
2023 934 85.0 10.9 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Freire Charter School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,600 (10.6%) $13,561 (89.4%) $15,161
2020 $1,605 (10.2%) $14,200 (89.8%) $15,805
2021 $2,215 (12.7%) $15,167 (87.3%) $17,382
2022 $3,895 (21.4%) $14,348 (78.6%) $18,243

Data source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Freire Charter School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 527th of 891 Middle schoolsRanks 735th of 893 Middle schools
 23.2%
Ranks 575th of 693 High schoolsRanks 492nd of 674 High schools
 10%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
5th Grade Math (Freire Charter School)8.41.6
 6.8%
   5th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)4342.7
 0.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Freire Charter School)37.810.9
 26.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)58.553.6
 4.9%
6th Grade Math (Freire Charter School)17.44.2
 13.2%
   6th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)3936.4
 2.6%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Freire Charter School)63.333.9
 29.4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)6355.6
 7.4%
7th Grade Math (Freire Charter School)18.98.2
 10.7%
   7th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)38.233.2
 5%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Freire Charter School)57.826.8
 31%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)60.554.5
 6%
8th Grade Math (Freire Charter School)34.39.5
 24.8%
   8th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)32.226
 6.2%
8th Grade Science (Freire Charter School)51.425.6
 25.8%
   8th Grade Science (Pennsylvania)58.257
 1.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Freire Charter School)5631.9
 24.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)57.952.8
 5.1%
11th Grade Algebra I (Freire Charter School)44.425
 19.4%
   11th Grade Algebra I (Pennsylvania)63.334.1
 29.2%
11th Grade Biology (Freire Charter School)18.926.9
 8%
   11th Grade Biology (Pennsylvania)63.250.7
 12.5%
11th Grade Literature (Freire Charter School)48.158.9
 10.8%
   11th Grade Literature (Pennsylvania)71.565.3
 6.2%
All Grades Math (Freire Charter School)19.46.3
 13.1%
   All Grades Math (Pennsylvania)42.439.3
 3.1%
All Grades Science (Freire Charter School)51.425.6
 25.8%
   All Grades Science (Pennsylvania)6865.6
 2.4%
All Grades English Language Arts (Freire Charter School)53.627.6
 26%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)60.953.8
 7.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students995934
 6.1%
African American929863
 7.1%
American Indian23
 50%
Asian20
 100%
Hispanic2228
 27.3%
Pacific Islander00
White29
 350%
Two or More Races3831
 18.4%


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Students at Freire Charter School are 92% African American, 3% Two or more races, 3% Hispanic.

In the 2022-23 school year, 934 students attended Freire Charter School.

Freire Charter School ranks 492nd of 674 Pennsylvania high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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