For the Middle Grades (6-7)
Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown opened in 2014 with 6th and 7th grades at City High School in Downtown Tucson (8th grade will be added in 2015). PFFS-Downtown opened as a full-immersion STEM middle school and will be the vanguard of a transformation of both PFFS-University and CITY High School and the development of the CITY 6-12 STEM Education Complex.
STEM education means many things to many people. We are using the Arizona STEM Network’s STEM Immersion Matrix to help guide our implementation of STEM at PFFS-Downtown. Students are taught through integrated/interdisciplinary curriculum that incorporates science, technology, engineering and math in real world project based units.
Teachers act as facilitators who support student learning… Read More
In June 2013 we began the first stage of curriculum development for the new school by taking a team of nine educators from PFFS-University and City High School to San Diego to participate in the High Tech High, three-day ‘Summer Institute‘. Between August 2013 and January 2014 this team worked together on five additional, ‘weekend’... Read more »
Paulo Freire Freedom School (both at the University and Downtown locations) are Tucson public schools that are demonstration sites/lab schools for best instructional practices and small school design. We are not part of the Tucson Unified School District, within which we are physically located, but we are Tucson public schools nonetheless. In the debate about the future of K-12 education... Read more »
As you may know, students at both PFFS-University and PFFS-Downtown are fully engaged during these last weeks of school in the deep learning associated with interdisciplinary, project-based units of instruction. Project-based learning (“PBL”) is an instructional methodology that asks students to engage in curriculum in a meaningful way and requires that they demonstrate not only... Read more »
Parents are invited to see some of the work their young people have been doing on March 4th from 5-6pm. Students will present from their Modern Progressives project in which students have analyzed community health issues using research and GIS data. ‘Cell City Metaphors’ will be posted and we might even be able to encourage some... Read more »