CDF Freedom Schools Program

Indianapolis Freedom School Partnership

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Mo,Tu,We,Th,Fr • Grades 1st - 8th • Co-Ed


Freedom Schools are unlike other summer programs because they give children three resources needed to develop their potential and inspire a love of reading and learning – literacy skills, character strengths and a community that believes in them.

What is Freedom School?

Freedom School is a six week, literacy-based summer program. Freedom School encourages a love of reading and learning through a culturally diverse curriculum. The Integrated Reading Curriculum affirms our scholars with engaging literature and exposure to the broader community. In classrooms of 10-12, we hire college-aged students to teach and mentor our scholars. During the six weeks, we also encourage the parents of our scholars to be engaged in their child’s learning through informational meetings in the summer and multiple volunteer opportunities.


Harambee! is a high-energy pep-rally that begins every day of Freedom School with a celebration of reading, learning and every child’s ability to succeed. This is an inspiring time of songs, dance, cheers and chants and story time from a community guest reader.


The integrated reading curriculum (IRC) engages children in books that reflect diverse cultural images and history. IRC encompasses cooperative learning, role-playing, group discussion and creative writing.

Through our literacy program, scholars build personal libraries, establish dedicated reading times, and participate in an energy-filled morning pep rally with singing, cheers and a community guest reader.

More than 85% of children maintain or gain reading ability during Freedom School.

Social-Emotional Skills

Children build social and emotional skills by participating in activities that promote resilience, conflict resolution and self-control. Research shows these skills are vital to success.

Afternoon activities include chess, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), field trips, cultural immersion and team building.


College students called Servant Leader Interns serve as our classroom leaders and gain paid professional development. These Servant Leader Interns are hired through a competitive recruitment and interview process.

Each intern goes through 90 hours of comprehensive training.

“I have watched scholars in my class go from shy to asking meaningful questions and participating. I’ve watched reading comprehension improve among many scholars.” -Servant Leader Intern

In-Person Instruction

Cost - Free


Starts: Monday, June 14, 2021
Ends: Friday, July 23, 2021

We will meet from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM every Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, & Fri starting 6/14/2021 and ending on 7/23/2021

We will not meet on the following dates: 7/5/2021


Ryan Calvin
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5805 E 56th St Indianapolis, Indiana 46226 US