Third Baptist CDF Freedom School



The CDF Freedom Schools program provides summer and after-school enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. Children are taught using a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components: high quality academic enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; inter-generational leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health.

The 4 E’s

The administration, servant leader interns, and entire staff of the Third Baptist Freedom School are committed to practicing THE 4 E’s:

ENGAGING – Connecting with scholars and parents to learn their strengths and weaknesses.

ENLIGHTENING – Educating scholars through teaching them about their history and the possibilities for their success in the world.

EQUIPPING – Challenging and helping scholars to read, write, and think in organized, creative ways.

EXCELLING – Teaching scholars the importance of doing QUALITY work


2015 Summer Session
June 8 – July 18, 2015

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Site Location

Rosa Parks School

1501 O’Farrell St

San Francisco, CA 94115

The Pursuit of Excellence


“Understand and be confident that each of us can make a difference by caring and acting in small as well as big ways.” 
– Marian Wright Eldelman




Our local theme for 2013 is “The Pursuit of Excellence.” With a dropout rate of 30% among minorities resulting both in/from their lack of domestic and economic stability, subsequent vulnerability to violence, premature exposure to the criminal justice system, and an inadequate educational experience the need for Freedom School to make a difference is greater than ever before. These youth are most likely bored by an educational system that lacks a culturally sensitive curriculum or pedagogy. The Freedom School provides an attractive alternative for youth whose lack of involvement in structured and creative learning programs through the summer may leave them to find excitement and expression in the streets – indulging in drugs, violence and other activities to gain acceptance.

This year, the Freedom School intends to not only make a difference among youth, but also THROUGH/WITH them. By engaging in a social project, students will learn that they are never too young to make a positive impact in the world. It is expected that students who enroll and complete the program will be more motivated to succeed in school and empowered to use their successes to make a difference for the improvement of their communities!