IMG_0185Freedom Acres School is a center-based facility built in 1979 and operated by the Ionia County Intermediate School District. It provides educational services to students from the county’s five local districts including Ionia, Belding, Lakewood, Portland, and Saranac. Freedom Acres offers programs for students with severe cognitive impairments, moderate cognitive impairments, severe emotional impairments.

The Freedom Acres Facility is home to classrooms for students with severe cognitive impairments and severe emotional impairments. In addition, the facility is home to staff offices and three classrooms for Early Intervening Services. Students with moderate cognitive impairments attend programs housed in Ionia Public School buildings. Adult students with moderate cognitive impairments attend a program in a home setting at the Independent Living Center (ILC) located in downtown Ionia.

Students are bussed in daily to classrooms where they may interact with a variety of staff including Teachers, Health Care Aides, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists. Special education programs are operated in accordance with Michigan’s Revised Administrative Rules for Special Education. Freedom Acres School operates in accordance with the Ionia County Intermediate School District’s plan for the delivery of special education services. This plan is reviewed annually by the district’s Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and is approved by the State of Michigan.

As we continue to grow and expand our programs to service Ionia County’s students with special needs, a visitor can expect to find a school that is bustling with activity. Students may be focused on academics, practicing functional skills, or working on special projects. You may find students exploring our paved sensory/ nature trail or participating in Adaptive Physical Education activities. Freedom Acres is currently exploring the possibility of creating an inclusive playground on site. Future projects are being developed which will provide greater recreational as well as instructional opportunities for our diverse population.