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Welcome to Paulo Freire Freedom School -Downtown

PAulo Freire Freedom School's MISSION

Paulo Freire Freedom School is a joyful and just community dedicated to environmental sustainability and social justice that embraces creative, collaborative and compassionate teaching and learning.


CITY Center designs, implements, and advances exemplary practices in teaching and learning that transform the lives of young people and their educators. 


PFFSD School News

PFFSD Earns a B Grade

The Arizona Department of Education released the school letter grades, and once again our three CITY Center schools stand out. 

Paulo Freire Freedom School-University earned an A grade this year.  City High School and Paulo Freire Freedom School-Downtown earned B grades this year.  

Our schools do not teach to a test. We build meaningful relationships with our students so we understand how to personalize their learning experience. Our students are allowed to be themselves, they feel safe to take risks, and their unique inquiry process is supported by teachers who want them to be the best version of themselves they can be. So while some schools rely on compliance and test prep and call that rigor, our schools are authentic learning communities fueled by curiosity, passion, collaboration, and joy.

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Enrollment Spots Available  Enroll Now for This Year or Next

If you know a learner who is looking to improve their educational experience this year, there are still some spots available at both Paulo Freire Freedom Schools and City High School.

We are still accepting students for this year.  If you know a student who is unhappy at their current middle or high school, they can enroll at one of our schools and have an amazing experience. 

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Dec. 6th: Music Mayhem at Rialto Theatre

Join us at The Rialto Theatre on Wednesday, December 6th, for a night of live music performed by the students of CITY Center’s music workshop program. 

In partnership with The Rialto Theatre, we present to you Music Mayhem. Come out for a fun night at a historic venue in beautiful downtown Tucson!  In addition to being an evening of making life-long memories for our musicians, Music Mayhem also raises money for the music workshop program, providing musical instruments and instruction to students at all three of our schools.  

We are looking for sponsors for this event.  If you are interested in having your company or organization sponsor Music Mayhem, please contact

Tickets for the show are available at the door.  

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