For the Middle Grades (6-8)
Paulo Freire Freedom School – University is located in Tucson, Arizona near the University of Arizona. Since our opening in 2005 we have provided PFFS students with a powerful, engaging curriculum, used research based, best teaching practices, attended to the needs of the whole child, and connected learning to our larger community. Our school is a demonstration site/lab school within CITY Center for Collaborative Learning.
PFFS-University is housed at the historic, former YWCA building on 300 East University Blvd – home to a progressive community of organizations that promote the arts, education and the environment. For a complete list of tenants see ‘The Historic Y. We use our central location, midway between UA and downtown Tucson, to create place-based learning experiences away from the building that deepen PFFS-University students’ understanding of our problem-based, project-based curriculum.
December 21, 2016
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Christmas songs are in the air so of course if I’m going to make a PBL list it’s going to be a list of 12, in this case 12 gifts of community. Our school sees our surrounding community as part of our learning environment. We are out and about on a daily basis, and visitors are... Read more »
April 14, 2017
Next Friday, April 21st is our Pennington Street Showcase. As previously shared, on Showcase day class will start at 12:00 for middle school students. Although the Showcase will continue until 7:00, we are only requiring that PFFS students stay until 5:00 p.m. If having your son/daughter at home until noon on this day, we will... Read more »
December 9, 2016
Last week Chad Blair and JoAnn Groh (principals of PFFS-University and PFFS-Downtown) traveled to Providence, RI with Santo Nicotera and Carrie Brennan (CITY Center for Collaborative Learning) to participate in the Coalition of Essential Schools‘ final Fall Forum. At the conference Chad and JoAnn presented on PFFS’s student support systems, while Santo and Carrie facilitated a... Read more »
June 12 - June 16