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.
Freedom Schools 2019
Osseo's 2019 Freedom Schools Program will take place from Monday, June 17, to Thursday, July 26 (note: Freedom Schools will not be held on July 4 and 5). Freedom Schools will be held at two sites this year: Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts and Garden City Elementary.
Children who attend an elementary or middle school in Osseo Area Schools and who have completed grades K-7 are eligible to apply. Registration will open on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Please note that registration is online only and spots fill quickly! (Registration will close on Friday, April 12.)
Update (July 15, 2019): Please check back this winter to learn about Osseo's summer 2020 Freedom Schools program.