Welcome to Freedom Elementary School!
Freedom Elementary School provides an age-appropriate curriculum for literacy, math, science, and social studies. Students participate in physical education, music, art, and library on a regular basis. The school follows the West Fargo Elementary Behavior Plan, which introduces social skills and expectations, as well as implementing a building-wide positive reinforcement behavior plan.
Our school is named in honor of Veterans and our close proximity to Veteran's Boulevard. We are known as the Freedom Flyers and the American Flag represents our school mascot colors. The Freedom faculty believes in the vision of Every Child, Every Day – which means helping every student display positive attitudes, improve academic performance, and positioning for a promising future. Our school Pathways To Success outline that we are ‘All In’ so that every adult and every student counts in a major way developing good relationships built on mutual respect, caring, trust and high expectations. We believe that the little things we do every day add up to create the whole and our students need to know we are committed to understanding them as individuals and caring about their personal circumstances in order to improve academically, and that building a culture of caring provides the necessary framework for how we implement 21st Century Learning Skills. We are here to serve, support and care! Please contact us with any questions on how we can assist you in your transition to the Freedom family. Go Flyers!
Dr. Jeff Johnson, Principal
Mrs. Ericka Urness, Dean of Students
Ms. Joan Houdek, Counselor
Officer Dora Roll, SRO
Mrs. Allison Schmitz, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Lisa Jacobson, Office Assistant
National Blue Ribbon School
In 2018, Freedom Elementary School was one of 349 schools in the nation and one of three in North Dakota to be named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos.
Each year, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes a group of schools across the country as Blue Ribbon Schools.
The Blue Ribbon program, which has been running for 36 years, honors schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or make substantial improvements in their learning. The Education Department designated all three North Dakota Schools as “exemplary high performing” schools.
Dr. Jeff Johnson, Freedom Elementary School Principal, said the award “takes a lot of teamwork and collaboration, and just staff and students and parents working together. A lot of setting goals, and looking at what we want to be as a school community, and making sure we’re all on the same page for how to help our kids learn and grow.”
The Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools application asks about each school’s leadership philosophy, instructional methods, curriculum, and testing; how it engages and motivates students, their families, and the community; how it provides a positive learning environment; and other data, including its location, enrollment, demographics, and how many students have disabilities or are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Dr. Johnson called the application process “a good opportunity for us to really rethink the importance of what we do on a daily basis to work together, and the importance of curriculum and of teamwork, and just following through on education in general.”
The original building was built in 2012 with no further additions needed since then. The building occupies a 10-acre site and has 24 classrooms with a total capacity of 570 students.