Freedom Acres School

Freedom 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 Ionia County's five local districts; Ionia, Belding, Lakewood, Portland, and Saranac. Freedom Acres offers programs for students with severe cognitive impairments (SCI), moderate cognitive impairments (MoCI), severe emotional impairments (SEI) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The Freedom Acres Facility is home to classrooms for SEI, SCI, and ASD students. 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 awaiting the construction of a new adaptive playground on site. This inclusive playground will provide a safe place designed to serve all people, including those with special needs. It will allow families to create lasting memories. Spring 2022 will definitely be a historical moment for Freedom Acres and the mark of doing great things for kids!  

Upcoming Events

  • 25 May
    • Freedom Acres 5K 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
      Freedom Acres 5K
      Date: May 25
      Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
      Calendar: Freedom Acres 2021-2022
  • 30 May
  • 3 Jun
    • Last Day for SEI Learners
      Date: Jun 3
      Calendar: Freedom Acres 2021-2022

      End of fourth marking period and second semester for SEI. Final Report Cards.

  • 6 Jun
    thru Jun 10
  • 13 Jun
    thru Jun 16
    • Summer Programming for SCI and ASD Programs
      Date: Jun 13 - Jun 16
      Time: 8:00 AM to 2:05 PM
      Calendar: Freedom Acres 2021-2022

      End of fourth marking period and end of second semester for SCI and ASD. Final Report Cards. 

  • 21 Jun
    thru Jun 23
    • Summer Programming for SCI and ASD Programs
      Date: Jun 21 - Jun 23
      Time: 8:00 AM to 2:05 PM
      Calendar: Freedom Acres 2021-2022

      End of fourth marking period and end of second semester for SCI and ASD. Final Report Cards. 

Get In Touch

  Address: 2191 Harwood Rd. Ionia, MI

  Phone: (616) 527-2921

  Fax: (616) 527-8069

 

School Hours

 Student Hours

  8:00 A.M. - 2:05 P.M. 

  Office Hours

   7:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

 

Office Personnel

Principal

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Angela Miller
Principal

Secretary

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Stephanie Lopez
Secretary