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Liberty Magnet School

Public | K-5 | 550 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted June 24, 2014

I have had 4 children go through Liberty Magnet since 2002. It has been a great experience for all of them. My children have had wonderful teachers every single year. Sadly, my youngest just graduated this year from 5th, so it was my last year there. I would highly recommend Liberty Magnet, because of the dedicated teachers and staff. Liberty is truly a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

The 2013-2014 school year was terrible in communication unless you had a teacher who was very on top of everything. The PTA and the school are both siting issues with the e-mail servers. I think it goes beyond that...there is more than one way to get information to parents especially if they know there is a problem. The PTA is exclusive to those who question them or do not go along with things. The Facebook page did finally become unlocked about January. This school claims to offer a second language starting in Kindergarten. Really it has is a Spanish class of 20 minutes once a week and also incorporates Spanish into the art class for a maximum of 40 minutes per week. There is no way a student learns to speak fluent Spanish at that rate. Some parents do not feel that learning a second language is important; however, in my research I have found that the earlier a student becomes mufti-lingual the better projection they have for the future. Next, is the sheer lack of clubs for all students. Clubs must be teacher sponsored. Well I guess they are too busy or don't care. The grade slipped to a B and I see no attempts at improvement. What a shame, they could do so much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

We have been at Liberty for 3 years now. And I have to admit that I agree with many of the unhappy comments from 2011 when my kids started there. However, the principal has changed and we have had the best principal for the last 2 years. In fact, this last year, we have had an amazing administration between the principal and vice principal. It was a dream team. The teachers are amazing. The love the students and want them to be successful. As a parent, it is nice to be involved in my children's school. It is nice to see so many involved parents. It is nice to get to know the families of the kids who go to the school. It is such a good community. I am glad my kids go there and that I did not give up after the first year to go to our zoned school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2012

Our two children have been attending Liberty for now 3-years. We are very pleased with the teachers, school programs and the participation by parents. We are glad to have our KIDS at Liberty especially when you hear the horror stories about the other surrounding public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2012

I've had the opportunity to send my child to both our zoned regular public school and Liberty. When first accepted to Liberty, I vowed to keep an unbiased opinion of the school, as I listened to too many Liberty parents talk down to us non-Liberty parents. After my child now being at Liberty for 2 years, I can solidly say that I am very pleased with the school. Have had no issues with teachers or administration or anything else. In reading some of the other posts... There are always gonna be folks who complain about schools. (Most times, people typically DON'T write a review unless they have a complaint.) But find me a school --- or anything --- that pleases EVERYone... Not gonna happen. If there were such serious issues with a school, it wouldn't still be open. Parents at my child's former school liked to trash Liberty's name, and vice versa. Happens everywhere. But I have no regrets and would recommend the school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

Wow what a horrible school the only people who like it do not work! Dale Klaus is a nightmare he walks around like hes big something but he has a bad attitude himself and some of the teachers oh my that is all I will say. What a mess Liberty is!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

poor poor quality this school has many bullies and the teachers will not help the principle is horrific I agree with the last post HORRIBLE!!!!!! LIBERTY MAGNET IS NOT A PLACE TO BRING YOUR KIDS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

We are in our 2nd year at Liberty and we are happy as could be! The teachers are great, very caring! The administration is great also. Very fun!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2008

I love this school! I have 2 children currently at Liberty and I am VERY pleased. Communication is excellent. The teachers are wonderful! There is always something going on at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2007

This school is very disorganized. The teachers are very rigid and there is a lack of communication from the staff to the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2005

Communication between parents and the school administration/PTA is very poor. As a parent of a new student, I found the orientation to be anything but orienting. I was more confused when I left than when I entered due to the poor organization of the event. Overall, I've found the school very unfriendly towards and unaccomodating for working parents. For instance orientations were scheduled in the morning or only until 6:00 at night (I work 30 minutes from the school). If you miss these meetings, it is impossible to get the information. I'm not impressed with this school or their IB program. Mr. Klaus should have better control over his PTA Board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2005

I am not happy with Liberty Magnet. Why are the test scores so low!? I am tired of this idea of 'charter' schools. Liberty is no different. The teachers have no experience, the academics are not accelerated and the behavior problems are a major issue. I would like to see a charter school that requires testing in order to get in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2004

All magnet schools are not created equal and do not have to adhere to any more rigourous standards than a normal school. I am happy with my son's teacher - but the administration appears disorganized. In addition, I expected an IB school to focus on learning another language; this is not true. My son is exposed to Spanish for about 40 minutes each week - not enough for him to learn the language. I'm sorry to say but I am trying to arrange for my son to attend private school; there is a reason Florida public school's have a bad reputation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2003

The staff at Liberty Magnet seem to always work together and are willing to help in any way. I'm glad my child is attending this school, I feel he is safe and well cared for here. The staff really does care. Mr.Klaus listens to the kids and is for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2003

Liberty is a great school with a wonderfully supportive staff. It's like a big family!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 10, 2003

Awesome school great opportunites for students, to get involved.
—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 58% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
94%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
66%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 71%
Hispanic 16%
Black 7%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 143%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 23%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 62%64%61%
Master's degree 38%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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