The Freedom Schools program was developed by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and provides summer enrichment experiences for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The program fosters a love of reading, increased self-esteem, and positive attitudes towards learning.
Classes are held at the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, and students receive two meals and a snack each day. Each year, six Davidson students receive training to serve as servant leader interns for the program, which is grounded in a model curriculum that includes five essential components:
This summer's program dates are weekdays beginning Monday, June 20 through Friday, July 29 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The program will be closed on July 4. While the program is offered at no cost to participants, families are asked to pay a registration fee of $15 after they are notified of admission to the program to cover basic administrative costs. Given that the program often has a waiting list, daily attendance throughout the summer is an expectation of the program. If accepted into the program, participants will receive the date for orientation as well as the required weekly parent meetings.
To apply to be a part of the program, families of children in kindergarten through 8th grades should complete the online application that will be available on the first Monday in February. The deadline to submit an application is the first Monday in March.
You will be notified in early April of the status of your application. Scholars who are returning to the program are given priority, as are siblings of returning scholars, as long as they apply by the application deadline. For all others, admission is available on a first come, first-served basis.