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Parents

How to Get Involved

Opportunities For Parents

Freedom Academy offers several ways for you to be involved with your child's education.

Volunteer

Volunteers are a vital part of our school program. They can assist in reducing the adult-to-student ratio and make an individualized program more effective. We hope many of you can participate in this rewarding experience. Volunteers who wish to work with students will be required to obtain a valid fingerprint clearance card from DPS.

Volunteers are used at the discretion of the teacher. Each teacher will have a system in place of how to best utilize their volunteers. Please respect the boundaries they put into place and offer your services as they are needed. If you would like to volunteer to help in your child’s classroom, you will need to contact your child’s teacher in advance.

Parents who are volunteering on campus or on field trips must follow the dress code of modesty. The policy stated for free dress for children is the model for parents who are on campus. Parents who are dressed inappropriately on campus will be asked to review the policy and dress accordingly.

Donate

As a not-for-profit charter school, donations are eligible for the Arizona Tax Credit of $400 annually for a joint return, or $200 for an individual return. Your donation supports extracurricular programs such as field trips, sports, after-school programs, and playground equipment. To donate online, go to our EasyPay page and select the type of donation you would like to make. To donate by mail or in person instead of online, download the Tax Credit Form. Complete the form, and deliver to Freedom Academy, 3916 E. Paradise Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85032. For more detailed information about the tax credit, Click Here

Carpool

To help parents that would like to carpool to school with other parents from their area, Freedom Academy is recommending the GoKid carpool app. The GoKid app works on both iPhones and Android (Google) phones, and can be downloaded from https://www.gokid.mobi. You can also use the app to create carpools for sports and other activities. The app offers route optimization and automated reminders.

Information for Enrolled Students

Resources for Parents

Below you will find more detailed information about our policies and procedures, links to online resources, and downloadable forms. Be sure to click each tab to see the resources available.

  • Forms
  • Lunch
  • Absences
  • Uniforms

Freedom Academy uses the MyHotLunchBox online lunch program service. To pay for your child's lunch and to see what is on the menu:

  • Go to their website ordernow.myhotlunchbox.com
  • If you have an account, please login. If you don't have an account, click the link Create an Account.
  • Once you have logged in, click Add to add the name of your child.
  • Enter the first name and last name of your child, and select Freedom Academy as the school.

 

Regular school attendance is necessary for a successful school experience.  Instructional continuity is interrupted and the valuable interaction that occurs with teachers and among fellow students is lost when a student is frequently absent, tardy or dismissed early from school.  Realizing that regular attendance in school is necessary for students to gain maximum benefits from public education, Freedom Academy urges all parents/guardians to stress punctuality and regular attendance habits with their children.   School attendance is not only a good habit, state law requires it. Arizona State Law (15-802.A, 15-803.E) requires every person who has custody of a child between the ages of six and sixteen years shall make sure the child attends school for the full time school is in session unless unable to attend due to illness or another legitimate reason.

EXCUSED ABSENCE:

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 15-901(A)(1), excused absences are identified by the Department of Education. The Department of Education defines the following as an excused absence:  illness; doctor appointment; bereavement; family emergencies; religious purposes, and out of school suspensions.

 All absences for reasons other than those cited above will be considered as “unexcused.”   Also, all absences in excess of a cumulative 10% of the instruction days (18 days by the end of the school year) shall be reported as unexcused.

 The state of Arizona requires that all students attend school 90 percent of the school year. A student that is absent more than 10 percent (no more than 18 days by the last day of school) of the required number of school days per year is considered to have “excessive absences,” whether the absence is excused or unexcused.

 All absences (excused or unexcused) must be reported by 9:00 a.m.  You can report an absence by calling the Freedom Academy school office or by using the absence link on our website (www.freedomacademyaz.org).   The school will call to verify an absence in the event that a parent/guardian has not called to report the absence by 9:00 am.

  When a student has accumulated seven (7) or more absences, parents/guardians will receive a letter reiterating the importance of attendance and our policy.

 

When a student has accumulated ten (10) or more absences in a school year, parents/guardians must meet with school administration to complete an attendance contract for improving attendance.

 

        When a child has accumulated eighteen (18) or more absences in a school year, the parent/student can be referred to the Juvenile Court for further disciplinary 

  action.

 Students absent for ten (10) consecutive school days, except for excused absences identified herein, shall be withdrawn from the school, pursuant to A.R.S. §15-901 (A)(2). The governing board may take disciplinary action that may lead to expulsion pursuant to A.R.S. §15-342.

 Tardiness to School

Attendance is taken daily at 8:05 a.m. for all grades. If your student is arriving to school after flag salute, he/she needs to sign in at the front office to receive a tardy pass prior to going to their classroom. Students may sign themselves in.  Parents/guardians are not required to sign the student into school. Students will be given four (4) “grace” tardies in a quarter and then the following consequences will be given:

 5th Unexcused Tardy:  Detention

6th Unexcused Tardy:  Detention

7th Unexcused Tardy:  Phone Call from Principal and Detention

8th Unexcused Tardy:  Phone Call from Principal, In-School Suspension

9th Unexcused Tardy:  Meeting with Principal and Attendance Contract

 

Please note that excessive tardies and/or absences may result in an attendance contract and the student being retained in their current grade. 

 

For more details about our attendance policy, please review our Parent/Student Handbook.

Report An Absence Online

Uniform Bottoms:

All uniform bottoms must be navy blue or khaki and must be from a verified uniform vendor or uniform section of a department store. (Verification of uniform brand will be required at the discretion of administration.) All bottoms must have a regular fitted waistline and no low cut shorts/pants, skinny pants or elastic band ankle pants will be allowed. Bottoms must be loose fit (no stretchy or spandex allowed in the fabric)leg and shorts come to the top of the knee. Pants that are too tight will be considered a dress code violation. Cargo shorts/pants are allowed. Girls will be permitted to wear Skirts/Skorts and Jumpers in navy blue or khaki or the red/blue plaid . All skirts/skorts/jumpers must be worn with a snug fitting bike type short underneath. Skorts and shorts must be worn to the knee.

Uniform Shirts:

All uniform shirts must be purchased from Brisk Apparel ONLY.  Please use link below.  

For more information, please see the official Uniform Policy.  Click here to order uniforms:  BRISK APPAREL

Help With Online Systems

Frequently Asked Questions

See the list of questions and answers below for help with our online systems.

Once your student is enrolled and entered into our student information system, Synergy, our office staff will print out an activation key letter with instructions on how to create your personalized account. The letter will be given to you either at the beginning of school at Parents' Night, or you may request a copy at the front office.

You must now create your personalized account. In your web browser (like Chrome or Internet Explorer):

  1. Go to https://parentvue.freedom-academy.com
  2. Click the link I am a Parent>>
  3. Click I have an activation key and need to create my account.
  4. Read our Privacy Statement, and then click I Accept.
  5. Enter your First and Last Name, and Activation Key EXACTLY as they are spelled on your activation key letter. Your name must match as well as your activation key.
  6. Click Continue to Step 3.
  7. Enter your desired username and password (at least 6 characters). Also enter your primary email address - this will be used for school mailings. REMEMBER these selections as you will need them to logon the next time.
  8. Click Complete Account Activation.

To have ParentVUE send you your username and password:

  1. Go to https://parentvue.freedom-academy.com
  2. Click the link I am a Parent>>
  3. Underneath the Username and Password boxes, click on the Forgot your password? Click here link.
  4. Enter your email address (the one you added when you signed up for ParentVUE) and click the Send Email button.
  5. You should see a Email Sent message. Click on the link to return to the login page.
  6. Check your email. You should received an email with your username and password. Don't forget to check your spam folder, just in case!
  7. If you are still having problem, please come in to our front office and we can assist you. We cannot give username and password information out over the phone for security reasons.

Yes, you can access ParentVUE using either an iPhone or any Android/Google phone like Samsung.

First, you must create your account using your activation key using a web browser on a computer or on your phone. See the instructions above.

After that, install the ParentVUE app. The app is available from either the iTunes Store or Google Play (depending on the type of phone you have). Download it just like any other app you have. The app is free, and can be found by searching for ParentVUE in the store.

Once the app is installed, you can swipe left and allow your phone to search for the school. This works best when you are near the school. Otherwise, tap Enter Manually in the bottom corner of the screen and enter https://parentvue.freedom-academy.com as the website address. Enter your username and password and click Login.

Freedom Academy uses the MyHotLunchBox online lunch program service. To pay for your child's lunch and to see what is on the menu:

  • Go to their website ordernow.myhotlunchbox.com
  • If you have an account, please login. If you don't have an account, click the link Create an Account.
  • Once you have logged in, click Add to add the name of your child.
  • Enter the first name and last name of your child, and select Freedom Academy as the school.
Go to the EasyPay page above on our website. You can pay for all donations and fees online! If you prefer, you can also come into our front office and we can assist you.
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