Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom School

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Program Overview

In Division I (grades 9 and 10), there is a common core curriculum for all students organized around Mathematics/Science and the Humanities. Students also complete a two-year sequence including study of a second language, community service, advisory and health.

In Division II (grades 11 and 12), each student, along with his/her advisor, draws up a personal program of study designed to prepare the student for graduation. Students complete coursework in six major areas: English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, the Arts and Advisory. Students also take elective classes in such areas as Autobiography, Advanced Second Language, Social Issues, and Internship. Opportunities for advanced college-level coursework are also available.

About Portfolios

A portfolio is a collection of a student’s best work reflecting the various ways in which a student demonstrates his/her knowledge, depth of understanding and skill. FLHFHS portfolios are essentially a culmination of the curriculum, designed as a means for students to exhibit their understanding and use of both the Habits of Mind and Work, and incorporate revision over time to illustrate their continual rethinking of a particular subject. The portfolio process also promotes an inquiry-based method of learning, through which students are encouraged to develop their own questions and then research and present their own answers to them. At Fannie Lou Hamer there are two levels of portfolio work. Language Portfolios are presented in the 9th and 10th grade and represent benchmark portfolios documenting progress and achievement. Graduation Portfolios are presented in the 11th and 12th grades. These exit portfolios represent the student’s highest level of achievement.