Welcome to the PBSD Freedom School's Program Website
Freedom School is an out-of-school time program serving PBSD scholars after-school and during the summer. Freedom School is located at the First Ward School campus. Freedom Schools successfully prevented summer learning loss for 120 at-risk youth from the PBSD during the Summer 2017 school break. Additionally, through local and state partnerships, it exposed youth to learning and enrichment opportunities that otherwise may not have been possible. Scholars participating in the 2017 Summer Freedom Schools initiative grew 2 -5 levels in their reading and comprehension abilities. The program boasts continued partnerships with Arkansas State Parks, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC), and What’s Next Pine Bluff. This program employs area college students, most of which are first-generation college attendees, to provide them with real-work, mentorship, and leadership experience while still enrolled in school.