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Our Program

freedom's educational program

Small School Size. We enroll 160 students and maintain a waiting list. As our current students finish their high school credits, we accept new students. Often new students begin at the 6 week grading period. We do not accept new students during the last six weeks of the school year. On average, Freedom High School graduates 60-80 students a year, including summer school graduation.

Point System. Unlike traditional schools, the points given for an assignment do NOT calculate into a letter grade. Instead, our point system and letter grades are separate. The point system at Freedom High School is used to track progress towards graduation.  Each time a student earns 18 points in a course, she or he has earned half (1/2) credit and is that much closer to graduation. Teachers assign points to tests, quizzes, reflection journals, projects, essays, science labs, reading textbooks and articles etc. In general, we expect most students who are working hard to earn one point per class per week. That would be 18 points per class in a semester.

Because the rate of a student’s progress through a course cannot be easily assessed within the context of a semester, points indicate how far a student has progressed in meeting the standards for a specific course.  Points are not awarded until a student is proficient in the content standards of the specified course.

All courses are based on a 36 point system tied to the course standards

  • 36 points = proficient in all standards for a full credit course (1 credit –the grade determined as above)
  • 18 points=  proficient in all standards for a .5 credit course or half the standards for a full credit course (.5 credit –the grade determined as above)

Students may achieve credit more quickly, by meeting standards more quickly.  If a student earns less than 6 points in six weeks toward proficiency in standards the behaviors or situation that may have caused this will be discussed at evaluations and if a student needs to change their behavior (ditching, not doing the work etc.) they will be put on academic contract.  Appropriate support will be offered and if a student fails to meet the terms of the contract they may be dropped from the program and will be required to petition to return to Freedom.

Grades. A student must produce work at a 70% or better to earn points on an assignment. If two students complete an essay, and one does it at a C level and another at an A level, the letter grade is recorded in the grade book and ultimately course grades are reported on a student’s transcript. Both students would earn the same number of points, but the difference is reflected in the letter grade. If a student submits work that is below a 70%, the student needs more time, practice, support to meet the academic standards established by Albuquerque Public Schools and our school.

Self-progress. Students who understand course content and/or have mastered requisite skills can move at a faster pace than the rest of the students in the class. Students who need more time, practice, support can move at a slower pace than the rest of the class. Because the teachers know their students well and have smaller class sizes, they are free to make such adjustments. Students do not have to complete 18 points in a class per semester. Students who earn 18 points in less time than an 18 week semester are granted their ½ credit and then moved into the next course they need to graduate. If a student takes more than a semester to earn his/her 18 points, that is okay. The points earned in a semester are carried over into the next semester.

Good standing. We define “good standing” as attending school daily, following the rules, being on time for class, and working steadily to earn points. Students are NOT allowed to have unexcused absences, be off task, accumulate excessive tardiness, and not earn points at the expected rate. When such situations happen, we hold a parent-teacher-student conference called a “Staffing” put the student on a contract

Homework. It is a privilege. Students who are in good standing may request homework to accelerate the accumulation of points and move through the course curriculum at an accelerated pace. Some students who need more practice may be given homework. Otherwise, we do not give homework. Assignments are completed in the classroom under the supervision of the teacher, so he or she can provide real time feedback.

Opportunity Lab (Opp Lab). Students who want to work ahead, have access to a computer, or receive tutoring may stay at school on Friday afternoons. From 1:00-3:00 each Friday, we have a computer lab open and staffed by two of our teachers. We call this opportunity lab. Most students choose to attend Opp Lab, but it is occasionally assigned as part of a contract for students who had a staffing and fell out of good standing. They can catch up on points, move ahead in their classes, or get extra help with online or Central New Mexico courses.   It is common to see two dozen or more students attend Opp Lab.

Evaluations. These are student-led conference that are held on the Thursday and Friday of each six week grading period, The advisor, the student and his/her parent/guardian meet. The student explains his/her points earned by class, grades in each class, academic goals, and the next steps on his/her graduation plan.

Symposiums. The Thursday during the week of the end of the 6 week grading period is a special day that is organized like a professional conference with multiple sessions. Students select from sessions that focus on such topics as health and wellness, college and career planning, participation in a sport (i.e. volleyball), or presentations by a professional or panel of professionals such as Crime Scene Investigators. Some evaluations are scheduled on symposium days.

Advisement in the ACE class. Each student is assigned to a teacher who serves as an academic advisor, personal advocate, and parent-teacher liaison. In the Advisement class, students develop their individual plan for successful completion of high school as well as a college/career transition plan. The advisement class is called ACE I, II, or III, and students also hear announcements, learn study and test-taking skills.  ACE provides for community building, which is a core component of Freedom High School’s success with students. Elective credits can be awarded through the ACE class for every ninety (90) hours of documented paid employment or volunteer time.  Click "Advisory" in the navigation bar to learn more.