Award Year: 2014

Hill Freedman World Academy

6200 Crittenden Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19138-1525

(215) 276-5260

Mr. Anthony F. Majewski III, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

Philadelphia City SD

School Website


Hill-Freedman World Academy’s mission is to provide a rigorous academic learning environment, fostering lifelong learners who are committed to being knowledgeable, caring and internationally-minded citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 87%
  • White: 2%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
HFWA students working collaboratively in their STEM course

HFWA students working collaboratively in their STEM course

Hill-Freedman World Academy (HFWA) is known as the "Best Kept Secret in Northwest Philadelphia." HFWA community has established an expectation of excellence. Its students have a passion for learning and are trailblazers in the creation of the first full model International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB) in the School District of Philadelphia. HFWA provides a rigorous academic learning environment. IB students participate in a continuum of high quality, challenging programs where they recognize their common humanity and collective care of the planet, are inspired to become competent lifelong learners who are college ready, and achieve skills to compete proficiently in a 21st Century global economy. Service learning, self-discovery, and inquiry-based projects are the essential pillars of instruction at HFWA.

HFWA's current model of excellence best speaks for itself when you walk the halls of the school where you see students, who are caring, self reflective and internationally aware. It strives to develop and improve its programs each year to support all students. HFWA is a unique public education institution offering an academic magnet program for gifted learners as well as a highly regarded program for students with more complex and significant needs such as autism, intellectual disabilities and multiple disabilities. HFWA's thoughtfully created course offerings include STEM, World Art, Spanish, and Music along with other core subject areas of language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and health education. HFWA demonstrates how urban school students possessing various abilities can learn at high levels.