Freeman Academy is a private, Christian elementary school and high school in Freeman, South Dakota, that serves students in grades 1-12. Although the school was originally founded in 1901 as a junior college, it now functions as only a grade,middle, and high school. The junior college closed down in 1986. The school is affiliated with Mennonite Church, but welcomes students of all denominations. It serves the greater Freeman community primarily, but those enrolled hail from neighboring communities and states, as well. Traditionally, the school also welcomes foreign exchange students, giving Freeman Academy a multi-cultural dimension each school year. School enrollment generally falls between 70-80 students. Boarding is available for students wishing to attend from a distance. On a scale of 1-10, the school falls under the category of 1.
The school distinguishes itself through a curriculum that focuses on "Faith and the Arts" with a student-to-teacher ratio far smaller than traditional public high schools.
Freeman Academy athletics features cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, track and golf; its mascot is the Bobcats. In 2012-2013 school years, the school added grades 1-4 to the curriculum. The classroom teaching replicates the "one room schoolhouse" concept. Students enrolled in grades 1-4 receive hands-on, project-based learning.
- Official website
- Freeman Junior College (Freeman, South Dakota, USA) at Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online
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