To help you decide whether or not TECH Freire is right for you, we have compiled questions most frequently asked of us and provided answers for your convenience below.
Q: What is a charter school?
A: Charter schools are public schools that are operated independently by a group of community members. With the exception of some federal laws, charter schools are free from the rules and bureaucracy of a large school district, and thus, the administration of a charter school can implement the policies and practices that it thinks are best for students.
Q: Is a high school diploma from a charter school the same as one earned in a traditional school?
A: Yes, a student graduating from TECH Freire is indeed a high school graduate. All over the United States, thousands of students have graduated from charter schools since they became popular educational alternatives in the 1990s. In fact, to earn a diploma from TECH Freire, a student has to take more classes than he or she would in many high schools.
Q: Does TECH Freire charge tuition?
A: No, TECH Freire is a public school, and thus, tuition-free.
Q: Do students have to wear uniforms?
A: Yes. TECH Freire students have to wear a gray top with a TECH Freire logo, but are able to wear any bottoms and shoes of their choosing.
Why TECH Freire?
Q: How do I know if TECH Freire is right for me?
A: Well, reading all of the information on this website is a good first step! Next, a call to our school office could help clarify anything. But overall, questions you should ask yourself would be as follows:
- Do I want to attend a small school?
- TECH Freire has just over 100 students per grade.
- Do I value individuality while at the same time see myself as part of a community?
- This mentality is key to success at Freire.
- Do I intend to go to college?
- Freire expects every graduate to attend a 4-year college and ideally to continue his or her education beyond that.
- Do I plan on doing lots of hard work?
- Freire requires an array of rigorous college preparatory classes to graduate and top marks are expected in these classes.
If you answered “yes” to all four questions, then Freire could be the right match for you!
Q: Would attending TECH Freire hurt my child’s ability to get into the college of his or her choice?
A: No, in fact, attending TECH Freire could actually help your child get into the college of his or her choice. Admission officers at top colleges are always looking for students from high schools that are not a part of their usual “feeder” high schools because it creates more diversity on campus. An admissions office at a top college or university is usually very reluctant to accept more than a handful of students from the same high school because it does not want a class full of students who all come with the same high school experiences. Thus, by attending a high school unlike other college-prep schools in region, your child is more likely to catch an admission officer’s attention here at TECH Freire. Take a look at the “College Prep” section of our website for more information about college placement.
Q: Can I submit an application for any grade?
A: TECH Freire is currently accepting applications for students entering Grades 9, 10, and 11 for the 2017-2018 school year. You can pick up an application at the school or you can apply online.
Q: How soon will I hear if my son or daughter has been accepted to TECH Freire?
A: The Admissions Office will send you a letter acknowledging that they have received your application. After that, all you have to do is wait for the lottery to be held. If selected, you will be required to complete additional steps in order to secure your spot at TECH Freire. If not selected, you will be placed on our Waiting List.
Q: Oops, I missed the deadline. Can I still submit an application?
A: Yes, you may still submit an application! However, you will be placed on a Waiting List, since all applicants who applied before the deadline will have priority.