Enroll Your Child

Learn how to sign your child up for our next NFS program!

#1: Apply in Person!

Parents of youth currently in grades K-8 must apply in person during our spring enrollment period. Join the mailing list to be notified.

#2: Attend orientation!

All parents/guardians must attend a one-hour briefing about what Freedom Schools require of you and your child.

#3: Six-Week Transformation

Freedom School is a full six-week literacy and enrichment experience. Youth who attend the entire program gain in reading fluency, self-respect and teamwork skills.


Here are some commonly asked questions about Nashville Freedom Schools.

Getting Started

What are the Freedom Schools dates and operating hours?

Nashville Freedom Schools operate for six week during the summer, usually June and July. School hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Where are Freedom Schools located?

Currently, Nashville Freedom Schools operate in three locations in North Nashville. We are working to expand to new sites. We have limited space, so parents and guardians, please sign up early.

What grades are served by Nashville Freedom Schools?
Freedom Schools accept children and teens who are have completed grades K-8?

Tuition and Cost


Is there a cost for tuition or meals?

We do not charge a fee for tuition, meals or supplies at Freedom Schools. However, parents must pay a non-refundable enrollment fee and must attend a one-hour orientation before a scholar is accepted into Freedom School.  

Are their income requirements for enrollment?

Our target audience is families considered low-income” according to the State of Tennessee, and we give priority to scholars from those families. Children and teens from other families are welcomed as space is available.

Can parents volunteer or donate to help with Freedom Schools?
Parents who are able may donate snacks, water, juice box, or special treat anytime. 

About Class

How are Nashville Freedom Schools funded?
The average cost of a six-week session is about $70,000 for 50 individuals (roughly $1,300 per scholar). Faith-based organization and schools lend us the space to operate. The money for books, food, staff, field trips, and supplies comes from a variety of grants from businesses and private foundations. Breakfast and lunch are supplied by a the U.S.D.A Summer Feeding Program, which is administered by the Metro Action Commission. Individual and churches are offer financial support, space, volunteer time, and special treats for the scholars. 
Who teaches the classes?

Classes are taught by specially trained Servant Leader Interns–college and graduate students ages 19-30. Each intern leads a class of no more than 10 scholars. Many Servant Leader Interns are young adults of color who themselves have overcome poverty, violence, and an often indifferent public education system to get to college. Our interns report that Freedom School is a life-changing experience for them, and many go on to become teachers, social-workers, lawyers, medical professionals, psychologists, urban planners, etc. Most also becoming lifelong advocates for the poor and for children. The interns are supervised by a Project Director and a Site Coordinator, who function onsite as team leaders. 

How do children and teens benefit from Freedom Schools?

According to research by the Children’s Defense Fund, 81% of children and teens who participate for one summer gain in reading fluency; 90% report no loss in reading comprehension. (Low-income children typically lose 2-3 months of learning during the summer.) Of Nashville parents surveyed, 93% said they saw marked improvement in their children’s behavior and reading ability and 87% said they saw an increase in their child’s love of reading after Freedom School ended. 

Need help? Send us a note!

For any questions, please contact us via email below or call us at (615) 497-1398.

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