CDF Freedom Schools

I Can Make Difference...   Rainier Beach High SchoolSouth Shore K-8

Transform Your Summer

For summer 2018, WA-BLOC is seeking to expand further! Our six-week summer CDF FSs summer program will be at 2 locations in the heart of Rainier Beach neighborhood: Rainier Beach High School (for the 4th consecutive year) for 50 rising 9th/10th graders, 10 high school Junior Servant Leaders and 5 college age Servant Leader Educators (SLEs) and South Shore K-8 School for 70 scholars K-8th grade and 14 college-age SLEs. Combined we will be serving 130 K-12 scholars generating a powerful academic and intergenerational leadership development pipeline that will have a far reaching impact beyond the summer months

5 Elements Of Freedom School



Culturally infused “Civil Rights” Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC) created by CDF uses a grade-level book a week to teach literacy, communication, conflict resolution and critical thinking skills aligned to the Common Core Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing standards and focusing on protagonists of color.
Intergenerational leadership development builds self-reflection, teamwork and leadership skills in scholars, Junior Servant Leader high school and college-age students (JSLEs), and college-age Servant Leader Educators (SLEs).
Supports student-led, community-based solutions. In summer 2015, RBHS scholars marched and advocated for transportation justice which recently led to Mayor Durkin announcing free year-round Orca passes for all high school students (See article attached). In summer 2016, scholars testified against police brutality and in summer 2017 the middle school site held a “social justice jam” outside of City Hall to protest current immigration policies while the high school site marched for food justice and have continued to advocate for nutritional equity in collaboration with other community organizations, recently bringing their demands to Olympia. Each year, summer DOSA frames our school year youth leadership development.
Parent, Family and Community Engagement grows via daily opportunities to participate in morning singing and dancing (Harambee) and as “read aloud” guests, in weekly family engagement workshops, and in the National Day of Social Action.
Nutrition and Health support 2 free meals, snacks, and afternoon fitness enrichment.

At Freedom school, we read books that reflect our history where the protagonists are black and brown. This flips the narrative because you are no longer an observer of history but a participant in it; you are it. … Now I see injustices and have a platform to call them out. Growing up in my culture and as a Muslim woman I have experienced injustices, but I never really had the audacity to speak out” (Ifrah)

Hours Reading During the Program


Parents Perceived Positive Changes in Their Childs Academic and Social Performance

Staff-Student Ratio


Grew or Maintained Academically Over Summer Months

ORCA Cards Distributed After Scholars’ Advocacy Led to City Funding and Creation of the Youth ORCA Program

Interested in Being a Place-Based Leader? Apply to be an Servant Leader Educator for FS 18′