Our goal and effort is to nurture our students as whole human beings. We value strength of character and self-confidence along with creativity and intellectual prowess. As they grow, students will be reinforced for their intellectual curiosity, the strength of their problem-solving, and their quest for excellence. They also will be encouraged to develop personal flexibility, empathy for others, integrity and kindness. We seek to develop scholarly minds, and as importantly, we seek to develop fine human beings.
We provide for early identification and intervention for children at risk for reading failure and for academically gifted children. We use diagnostic/prescriptive evaluations for all incoming students, and all teachers are trained in scientifically validated instructional methods.
At the Liberty School, academic skills are taught using a wide variety of approaches based on sound educational research. All students receive core instruction in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and physical education. In addition, they have classes in art, music, computer education and Spanish. Teachers design lessons that stimulate curiosity, creativity, and the capacity for critical thinking. The Liberty School has a commitment to the establishment of fundamental skills necessary for children to confidently explore their own interests. A blend of traditional and progressive approaches is used. Teachers draw curricular ideas from a wide range of sources including carefully chosen texts, current research in their field, other talented teachers as well as their own observations, explorations and imaginations.
Additionally, we provide accountability/academic evaluations 3 times yearly and schedule cross-grade grouping for reading and math. Student progress is monitored carefully through a variety of means such as ongoing assessments and standardized testing. Academic and social growth are documented with written reports and parent conferences on a regular basis. Evaluation of student work focuses on personal endeavor and individual progress. The Liberty School does not give letter grades.
Small classes allow teachers to get to know each student well in order to best anticipate his/her academic, social and emotional needs. Instructional approaches are individualized to allow for students’ academic needs, personalities and interests. On average, our class sizes are 6 students per class with some groups slightly smaller or larger to accommodate different subject areas. Dyslexic and twice exceptional students receive 1 on 1 or 2 on 1 daily tutoring by Orton-Gillingham trained tutors.
As children move through the program, they are grouped with children of their chronological age. Classes are grouped according to the achievement and developmental levels of students. Our goal is to assign each child to an appropriately challenging class where he/she will be best empowered.