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Liberty Middle School

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Posted May 7, 2014

This has been one of the most disappointing experiences of my life. I am an 8th grader at liberty. In 6th grade, I was in an advanced class with 7th graders. They were disruptive and yelled foul language in the middle of class and our teacher was gone for more than half of the year. I reported the other students behavior to the deans office and no one was called down and the behavior was never stopped or even recognized. In 7th and 8th grade, I had a different math teacher who has managed to make my experience here even worse than it already was with bullying. Over these 2 years, she has though me nothing and gives tests and quizzes on things we have yet to learn because "one of the standards is to struggle." Both the school and district are aware of this, but nothing has changed. Not only has the math been deprived but now all advanced programs are suffering. I have suffered so much though the past 3 years . The only thing that has slightly helped were some of the aim teachers I've had. If you or your child's focus is math, please find an alternative but if you want to focus on language and can deal with bullying, this school might just work for you.


Posted April 11, 2014

I am an 8th grader at Liberty this year and honestly, this school has changed so much in the past few years while I have been here. When I was in 6th grade, it was 'OK' because the education was not at its apex but comparing 6th and 8th, I have learned so much from this school. I am also part of the AIM program and have loved it. Its way of teaching the students to analyze and actually think is amazing because it really challenges the student. The deans do actually handle all of the problems correctly, in fact all of administration does! The teachers are friendly, do their job, and have great techniques to bolster the students in their studies.


Posted November 18, 2013

I was a little disappointed to hear about over 20 students smoking hookah pens with nicotine in them under their hoodies in class. I was further disappointed when I learned most of them got no more than a one day suspension. I don't think the deans office does enough to take corrective action. Other than this I think Liberty is a pretty good school and my son has enjoyed his time there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

I really hate this school. I am going into 8th grade and let me tell you, liberty middle school is horrible! I wish I could transfer schools. There are some pretty mean people out there and teachers barely even teach! I registered for a full year elective and never got it so I was pretty angry! Now I nothing to forward to for the whole day!!!!! Transfer schools while you still have the chance!!!!


Posted June 13, 2013

I went here for 6th grade... Let me tell you this school SUCKED I was bullied EVERYDAY! One day people told me I should go kill myself and latter that day I tried committing suicide I couldn't handle all o this bullying! The teacher don't pay attention they pay more attention to a stupid dress code they don't look for any bullying I went to counciling a few times but I noticed they could care LESS about anyone's problems this school has left scars on me and I'm actually a boy... Yeah boys cut, try committing suicide, and yes boys have problems! I would never NEVER recommend this school to ANYONE!


Posted June 6, 2013

i would not recommend this school. ever since i came here, i have felt incecure, their is tons of bullying at this school. even the pretty nice girld and boys get hate. plus since i came here, my grades have dropped. before i came here i was a regular 'A' and 'B' student. im not anymore. the staff is lazy,the deans could honestly care less about your problems. when i had my phone stolen, the did nothing to try and find who took it. the teachers only try to help the kids that are above average. and when you arent? well, you fail. they put on a nice face when they talk to your parents, but when they are gone, they are mean as can be. i would not go to this school


Posted May 8, 2013

This is a very poor school if your child is not highly verbal and gifted. Children who struggle and need extra help will be lost here. Bullying is a part of the culture at this school and is tolerated by the teachers who choose not to "see" what goes on in the classes, the hallways and the buses. The bullying starts with the staff however who marginalize the students who need caring teachers. Is the school too big? Yes. Are the teachers over worked? Probably. Is the administration challenged? It really is hard to pinpoint the problem! We had one child attend here... It was miserable for the whole family but we stuck it out for two years. I wish we could take back those two years. We choiced our youngest into a different middle school. I would not choose Liberty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2012

This school has been a disappointment to my family.I have been in Cherry Creek District for 4 years and have not been impressed with Liberty at all.I have changed schools recently.My son failed 6&7 grade and was only suggested to attend costly after school tutoring programs for help.Tuesday and Thursday after school help is all that is offered if your child is struggling.The teachers only help the kids that are a success already and let the others struggling fail and fall behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2012

This school is okay, but not the best school at all. The teachers can onestly care less about you, all teachers and staff are EXTREMLLY unorganized. The teachers say something then give a test, i would NOT recommend to take your child to this school.


Posted January 22, 2012

Liberty has not been my favorite schools so far. I am an 8th grader there and i literally cannot wait to go to high school. Its almost there! Just 5 more months! A lot of kids at our school get bullied on a daily basis and they do not do anything about it. I have went down to the counciling office about 3 times and they could have cared less about my problems. Also about 70% of the teachers are mean and selfish. Ms. Ladouceur is the best teacher i have ever had. But thats about only the coolest, organised, and connecting teacher out there beyond Liberty. If your thinking about taking your child to liberty, you can, but i wouldn't reccomend it!!!!


Posted November 8, 2011

I love Liberty! I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. I don't even know what other people are saying. Liberty is amazing. They have a really good theater program. I am in AIM and all of the teachers are fabulous.


Posted May 6, 2010

I have hated every single year that I have spent at this school, some the aim teachers(all of the 8th grade teachers, and the 6th grade reading teacher) are the only things that I have enjoyed. I would not recommened sending your child to this school. I have been bullied constantly, yet administration has done nothing about it,even when my parents have come into the school to try to handle the problems. Even the blond,pretty,blue-eyed cheerleader will get picked apart horribly. I have called my mom from the bathroom crying, and every one at the school whose opinion I have personally heard has been a negative.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 29, 2010

i love ms.docksey she is so nice and she does treat us like people not children!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2010

I am a 6th grader at liberty and let me say that the staff are one of the most amazing teachers I have ever had. I will be prepared for the rest of my education because of Liberty, so thank you guys
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2009

I've had a great time and a good education here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2009

well lets just say i cannot wait to leave this school. there is some good teachers but most just like to say how scary high school is going to be. im an 8th grader and they still treat us like children. for example they have forty security guards looking at our dress code but not actually looking for students doing bad. And also the gum rule kind of ridiculous! we know how to keep it in our mouths! deal with it teachers!! I have one really good teacher that treats us like were supposed to be treated and thats mrs docksey!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 3, 2009

i am a 8th grade aim student here at liberty and the overall system: administration, security, ect. is extremely unorganized. I cant wait to leave!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2008

Teachers lack the ability and desire to create an enviroment conducive to a Good Learning Experince ... This ultimately lends itself to the kids not learning the basics needed to compete in a Real World , Competitive Enviroment . This School epitomizes the Failures of our Public School System !!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2008

We're relocating, but I did want to leave a positive comment about Liberty. The nature of middle schools make them tough to suit all students, but my daughter excelled in the GT (gifted program) and she'll be ONE year ahead at her new school. That's a bummer for her, but indicative of the strong GT program. My son also attended 3 years in the standard program. The classes were not nearly as good as his sister's and I feel that faculty leadership could turn this around. With a new school opening, it will take down the population of this large middle school and that in itself will help the staff/faculty/students get back on the track to excellence. My children will be well prepared for new schools in another state due to Liberty MS, so for that, thanks Liberty!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

We've had 2 children attend this school. Our first had a good experience and the majority of teachers and staff seemed genuinely concerned about his academic sucess. Since then, our 2nd child has had a different experience. Turn over in general seems to be an issue now. Some of the teachers that previously seemed dedicated to their mission now seem indifferent and just going through the motions. I've also noticed an increase in vague and subjective grading criteria for 'presentation' assignments in a variety of classes. I don't see that as a good way to prepare students for high school where the grading criteria is much more rigid.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 62% in 2013.

370 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

369 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

369 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female76%
Male75%
Black (not Hispanic)41%
Asian86%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligible78%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Reading

All Students85%
Female88%
Male81%
Black (not Hispanic)59%
Asian89%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Free lunch eligible67%
Reduced lunch eligible83%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)37%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant85%

Writing

All Students69%
Female76%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)41%
Asian86%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligible61%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students62%
Female62%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)29%
Asian78%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Free lunch eligible44%
Reduced lunch eligible48%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English62%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%

Reading

All Students79%
Female85%
Male75%
Black (not Hispanic)44%
Asian83%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial89%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligible68%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant80%

Writing

All Students72%
Female82%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)32%
Asian89%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligible44%
Reduced lunch eligible60%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students62%
Female62%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)23%
Asian81%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial47%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible35%
Reduced lunch eligible47%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%

Reading

All Students75%
Female78%
Male72%
Black (not Hispanic)65%
Asian86%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial65%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible55%
Reduced lunch eligible58%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Science

All Students63%
Female62%
Male64%
Black (not Hispanic)26%
Asian74%
Hispanic61%
Multiracial47%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligible37%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant63%

Writing

All Students68%
Female75%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)32%
Asian71%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial59%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible43%
Reduced lunch eligible32%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 56%
Hispanic 17% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 3%
Black 9% 5%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 20%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Brad Bayer

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

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  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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Music
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  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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  • Drama
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