MEDIA ALERT: Charlottesville Freedom School Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2021


The UVA Center for Race and Public Education (CRPES) is hosting a hybrid 2021 Freedom School for 3rd through 8th grade students.

In partnership with Charlottesville City Public Schools and Albemarle County Public Schools, the UVA Center for Race and Public Education (CRPES) is hosting a hybrid 2021 Freedom School for 3rd through 8th grade students. The Charlottesville Freedom School will take placeJune 21 - July 23 with a combination of live and pre-recorded virtual lessons and optional afternoon outside activities. 

Applications are now available to families through May 7 at https://education.virginia.edu/charlottesville-freedom-school  

This is the second year of the Charlottesville Freedom School which provides literacy and cultural enrichment programs that empower youth to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, country and world with hope, education and action. Freedom Schools, an initiative of the Children’s Defense Fund, are rooted in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer project that are now replicated across the country. 

Freedom Schools help develop K-12 students literacy skills through culturally relevant practices, community engagement, and civic engagement. This program also provides families with books, one-on-one tutoring/mentoring, breakfast/lunch, school supplies, prizes and so much more! 

Johari Harris, a research assistant professor at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, is available for interviews. Local teacher and site coordinator of the Charlottesville Freedom School, Christen Edwards, is also available.  

For any other questions, please contact the Center for Race & Public Education in the South (CRPES) at [email protected]