July 21, 2010 —
Freedom Farms is in the process of building an addition onto their facilities located in Pittsford, MI.
The addition and renovations will modernize the schools, including updating the nearly fifty year old separate modular building that has been used as the facilities for the kindergarteners. “We have been praying for almost three years for the money to add onto the school,” says Pastor Cary Coleman. “We gave them the go-ahead at the end of the school year. Now, finally, we can put on the addition and renovate the old part of the school too.”
Freedom Farms has been open since 1974 and was founded by Richard Krage. It uses a Christian curriculum and teaching methodology specifically tailored to each student. It is recognized as an Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) school. ACE is considered mastery learning, where students need to accomplish certain goals before advancing to the next step. “It is very much individualized learning,” Principal Tim Neinas says, “Everyone progresses at their own pace, not in lock-step with other students.”
Freedom Farms has 80 students from many different parts of the region. “We consider ourselves a Christian community school,” says Pastor Coleman. “Just over 30 churches are represented here, and we have students coming from as far away as Coldwater, Litchfield and Pioneer, OH. But, a lot of our students are from Hudson.” The school is now also in their third generation of students, having had the grandchildren of their original students return to the school.
“We’re very proud of our students,” Pastor Coleman added. “For just a small school in the middle of the country, we do very well.” As an example, Freedom Farms won first place in an international competition for their music program last year at the International Student Convention for ACE Schools, held in Bowling Green, KY.
Music is only one of the extracurriculars supported by the school. Even with only 80 students, the school has basketball, volleyball, soccer, a full K-12 music program, and a drama production every year. “We have very highly involved students,” says Principal Neinas.
There are seven full time staff, many of whom wear different hats, and all of whom have degrees. “We have very dedicated staff,” the principal said — he is the son of one of the original teachers, meriting the name “Mr. N” to keep the two straight. The school runs completely on the donations of the community, and only charges parents for the materials that the school uses for each student.
The school also hosts a luncheon once a month for senior citizens, and broadcasts on WPCJ, 91.1.
“We put faith at the forefront. What better way to teach it than to live it?” says Pastor Coleman.