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Liberty Elementary School

Public | PK-6

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted August 27, 2013

My 3 kids have attended this school since kindergarten. We never had a problem when Mr. Davis was the principal. My kids absolutely loved the school. Last year they took away all the good teachers and Mr. Davis and brought in a bunch of new teachers and a new principal, Mrs. Roberson. We were not happy at all! The teachers that all 3 of my kids got were not caring towards my kids and when I spoke to them I was treated rudely. One of the teachers told me my child was depressed, had ADD and too fat and needed to be put in special ed classes. This made me furious! My youngest was bringing home referrals weekly for things that were simply unheard of. Like running home from school or dripping his water bottle on the ground as he was walking home, etc. We decided to move districts completely. My kids are happier now then ever before and their grades are wonderful. Also, my child that liberty told me needed special ed classes has gotten an A on every paper and test so far and told me she is a wonderful student. So, good luck to you all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

My two children just started this year. My first impression was Meet the Teacher and I liked that Meet the Teacher had access to the classrooms and the ice cream social that was included. Our last PVUSD school had classrooms closed which resulted in jam-packed hallways and overall chaos. On the first day, the specials teachers were assisting with getting the kids where they needed to be and were super helpful. After school, the same teacher saw me wandering aimlessly and even volunteered to go find my kid (she remembered her from the morning) to tell her where to find me. Drop-off is seamless. Pick-up is decent, but could be better if children were more organized on where to stand. I'm not a fan of the 1-3 grade orientations all starting at the same time. I'm having to choose which orientation to go to, because they both start at 6pm on the same night. When I called the office, the admin responded: "I don't know what to tell you, we've split up 1-3 and 4-6 so it was worse last year." Not sure how that helps me. Anyway, overall I like the school and my kids are really enjoying it so I give it four stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

Liberty is a wonderful school! The staff, teachers, and principal, Mrs. Roberson are incredible. Our child is challenged, engaged, learning so much, amazing us every day with the things he says and does....and also enjoys the experience and looks forward to school every day. We are in our 2nd year there, and very excited for our other child to be part of the Liberty family next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2012

My daughter began attending Liberty after three years at Blessed Pope John XXIII in Scottsdale. I know it is odd going from a private to a public school but she was not receiving the level of support I would have expected based on bullying incidents. Not only did she successfully make the transition, she is thriving. The cirruculum is more difficult than a private school and she is challenged academically every day. She loves her teachers, her new friends and feels safe; everything a parent could ask for in a school. The staff have been incredibly supportive and we have regular communication with them. A great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

My children are currently attending Liberty and they really love it. Their teachers are the best and are very attentive to their educational needs. Dr. Davis, our Principal, is leaving and we are very sadden by this news. However, we know that the parents and the outstanding teachers of this school will overcome this sad news and we know this school will remain at its top notch standing because of the parents and the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2012

It was just announced that Dr. Davis is leaving Liberty for a new school near Desert Ridge next school year, which explains a lot. He's obviously been phoning it in all year, and the staff is politicking for the chance to move with him. His lack of dedication to the community he is leaving behind speaks volumes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

My children moved to Liberty last year and I could not be any more pleased or impressed with the experience they are having. Liberty brings together visionary leadership, caring teachers who are skilled in differentiating instruction, and a caring staff and community. An amazing school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2011

I attended Liberty from Kindergarten to 6th grade. I am now a Junior in high school and will never forget the memories I made there. Every child should be lucky enough to be a part of a school like Liberty Elementary. The teachers were superb, the field trips were so unique and exhilarating and the school itself was immaculate. I am so grateful to the Dr. C (former principal) and all the teachers for having a part in shaping the person I am today! I'll leave you with the assembly chant i'll never forget........ "We're from Liberty, couldn't be prouder...and if you don't believe us, we'll shout a little louder!"


Posted May 4, 2010

My son has had a wonderful experience in Mrs. Wagner's pre-K class. It is an incredible program that has prepared him for Kindergarten in so many ways. I am so glad that we found the program. We like the school so much, we open enrolled him so he can continue there for Kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2010

I have a child in fifth grade and in Kndergarten and I could not be happier. My children are experiencing a healthy and supportive environment. The teachers are very helpful and honest. They love to share my children's strengths and help develop in weaker areas. I make sure to volunteer and all I ever see is enthusiastic children. Every child is encouraged to share. I also like the foundation of their 3 B's, Be Safe Be Respectful and Be Resposible. The children seem to respond and apply this. We have had some issues with aids on the playground, but I use these experiences to teach my children how to deal with authority. I am also impressed with the Administrative Staff, Lisa and Maryann, they deal with the children well and know EVERY child's name! Mr. Davis is well suited at Liberty, he is WONDERFUL with the children and the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2009

The principal, Drew Davis, is very interested in the students and does a great job motivating them to do their best as well as be mindful of responsibility, safety and being respectful. The teachers are truly caring and the parent involvement is incredible. Despite budget cuts recently, I think the school is doing remarkably well in focusing on the child's overall education. My child has somewhat special needs and I have had nothing but genuine interest, courteousness, and helpfulness from the teachers, counselors, and the nurse. I see great improvement in his learning and amazed at what he does in just starting second grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2009

this is a great school i love this school it is the best of all that i have seen and i have seen like all of them
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2008

My son completed Kindergarten this year (07-08). We were very pleased with the school. His teacher Mrs. Boyd was phenomenal. We could not have asked for a better experience for him. There is also a very high level of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

This school works with children of all levels and helps each one achieve their potential. The parent involvment is exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2008

I went to Liberty from K-6th Grade between 1979 and 1985. I loved the school and my teachers so much that now I have my son enrolled. He's in Kindergarten (Ms. Carter's class) and he LOVES it! He has learned to read and write just since the beginning of Kindergarten. Awesome! We love you Liberty!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2008

Both of our children attended Liberty from kindergarten through 6th grade. We loved the teachers, the staff, the community and couldn't have asked for a better experience. We particularly loved Ms. Yelas, Mrs. Boyd, Mrs. Miller and the entire 6th grade team. My children were well prepared to move on to junior high and high school because of the dedication of the staff. I would recommend Liberty to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2008

I must say, as a single mom of 6, my twins who are in 6th grade are ok with liberty.I was just about to pull my children away from Liberty because of a very aloof Dr.londer who did not take any intrest in my questions about why he had called me to discuss my childrens behaivor, and did not show up twice for a parent meeting with him. But then a very nice pricipal, Mr.Drew Davis showed up. H e is very nice, so my children say. But yesterday my kids told me that one of them had called anothet kid a mean word and that kid had thrown a rock at his foot. My child told me he had gotten yelled at harshly by one of the aids and that a ton of kids get yelled at by recess/playgroun supervisors.Rather than that the learning is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

Liberty is a good school but I am concerned about the class sizes. Although the average class size that is listed on this website match up to other public schools in Arizona, my daughter has 27 children in her class in first grade! I feel that this is far too many children in a class for that age. Not to mention that there are some special needs children in the class to add to the teacher's challenges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2007

Liberty is an exceptional school. My daughters have attended for 5 years. The teachers are dedicated and work wonderfully with me and the girls.They are never bothered when I call or stop by and talk to them. The girls are excited about the new things they learn on a daily basis.Our experience has not been traumatic and the girls far exceeded our expectations. Thank You. An Invoved Parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2007

I couldn't ask for more in public education.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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93%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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95%

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93%

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95%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
87%

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74%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 42%
Hispanic 14% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5125 E. Marilyn Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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Phone: (602) 449-6200

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