Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School

Nancy Mann
1021 Jennings Street, Bronx, NY 10460


The fundamental aim of Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School (FLHFHS) is to provide all students with a well-rounded, academically rigorous education, teaching students to use their minds well and prepare them to live productive, socially useful, and personally satisfying lives. The curriculum of FLHFHS affirms the central importance of students learning how to learn, how to reason, and how to investigate complex issues that require collaboration, personal responsibility and a tolerance for uncertainty. Communication skills, including reading, writing, public speaking and critical listening, are developed in all subject areas.

Assessment of student work and graduation is performance-based, requiring students to complete in-depth research projects in every subject. A portfolio is a collection of a student’s best work, demonstrating his/her knowledge, depth of understanding and skill. The portfolio process also promotes an inquiry-based method of learning, through which students design and carry out their own research projects, with teachers as guides and coaches. 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 in all academic areas.

FLHFHS is a part of the New York State Performance Standards Consortium. Under a waiver from the New York State Education Department, students are required to take only the English Language Arts Regents.


FLH has a student population of approximately 500 students. The racial breakdown of the student body is 68% Hispanic/Latino, 31% African-American, and 1% Other. FLH has universal free lunch and a schoolwide Title I program.

For the class of 2008, approximately 80% are first generation college-bound students. Approximately 97% applied and were accepted to college.


FLH students fulfill the traditional NYC/NYS curriculum in an alternative model. In Division I (the 9th and 10th grades), students work in combined-grade classrooms, taking interdisciplinary classes taken on a block schedule. Students complete and present a Language Portfolio as a requirement for admission to Division II. Division I coursework encompasses the following:

Humanities- encompasses English 1, 2, 3, 4; Global Studies 1, 2, 3, 4 and
The Arts 1, 2
Math/Science - encompasses Math A 1, 2, 3, 4; Living Environment (lab course) 1, 2 and Biology (lab course) 1, 2
Foreign Language - encompasses Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4
Health Education
Advisory 4 semesters
Community Service 4 semesters
Physical Education 4 semesters

In Division II (the 11th and 12th grades), students are separated by grade and take discipline-based classes in order to complete their graduation requirements. These include completing and presenting mastery work in seven portfolio areas: Math, Science, Social Studies, Literature, Social Issues, The Arts and Elective. Opportunities for advanced college-level coursework are also available through collaborations with Hostos Community College and New York University. Division II coursework encompasses the following:

Social Studies - encompasses American History 1, 2; Economics 1 and Government 1
English - encompasses English 5, 6 ,7, 8
Math - encompasses Math B 1, 2, 3, 4
Science - encompasses Chemistry (lab course) 1, 2 and Integrated Principles of Science 1, 2
Advisory 4 semesters
Physical Education 4 semesters
Electives varied


FLH courses are graded on the following scale:

D Distinguished Student’s work was clearly outstanding. Student went above and beyond course requirements.
S+ Satisfactory Plus
S Satisfactory Student met all course objectives.
S- Minimally Satisfactory Student minimally met all course objectives.
U/Inc. Audit/Incomplete Student did not fulfill course requirements.


As a matter of school philosophy, and because of our non-traditional grading system, our school does not formally calculate GPA. We also do not precisely rank students, but estimate each student’s rank within a certain percentage of the entire graduating class.