Since 2014, Osseo Area Schools has hosted Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® programming to engage approximately 300 students in high-quality learning each summer. 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. By comparison, 94 percent of students in grades 3-6 who participated in Osseo’s 2016 Freedom Schools programming maintained or gained reading levels. (The average gain was a remarkable one year and 10 months!)

In addition to helping students make gains in reading, Freedom Schools is fun! Students participate in literacy enrichment, STEM activities and cultural learning, while also learning through field trips and in-school field experiences. 

For more information about CDF Freedom Schools in Osseo Area Schools, contact Project Director Sherron Taylor at 763-315-9794. 

Learn more about Freedom Schools and watch a video featuring Osseo’s CDF Freedom Schools program.

Freedom Schools 2020
Osseo's 2020 Freedom Schools Summer Literacy Enrichment Program will take place from Monday, July 6, to Thursday, Aug. 13. Freedom Schools will be held at two sites this year: Crest View Elementary and Garden City Elementary.

COVID-19 Update (May 22)
We have new dates! As stated above, Freedom Schools will now run from July 6 to Aug. 13. Parents/guardians are responsible for their child’s transportation to and from the program, which is held weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that this year's Freedom Schools program is subject to change as we continue to follow state and local direction regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Children who attend an elementary or middle school in ISD 279-Osseo Area Schools and who have completed grades K-7 are eligible to apply. Registration will open on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Please note that registration is online only and spots fill quickly! (Registration will remain open until spots are filled.)

Interested in working for the Freedom Schools program this year? Check out available positions and apply online