For Christians, run from any place that Talks the Talk but doesn't Walk the Walk.
After 4 years of teaching music at Liberty Classical Academy, I have become more and more impressed with the level of achievement the students are reaching. I believe the small class sizes, highly qualified teachers, and most importantly, the Christian environment, create an atmosphere that fosters amazing results. This school is taking ordinary kids and achieving extraordinary results.
Liberty Classical Academy is the school that I wish would have existed when I was in school. Students are learning age appropriate and in-depth materials at all age levels and the curriculum is integrated and sequenced into the larger scope of the program itself. Our students are challenged in their learning, yet supported to think critically. Staff and teachers really do care about each student and their well-being emotionally, academically, socially, and spiritually. Students at Liberty have opportunities that exceed that of most other schools in the area. The school sends teams to Haiti during Spring Break to serve and experience real inter and intrapersonal growth. Liberty students are highly sought after by colleges around the nation because they are equipped and prepared for the rigor and academic challenges of higher education. Scholarship offers average over $23,000 per student and ACT scores average in the top 13% of the nation. SAT scores average 27.13 for Liberty students compared to 23.0 for Minnesota as a whole and 20.9 nationally. My only regret related to Liberty is that I couldn't attend experience this great education for myself.
My child spent a year at Liberty and we spent most of that year wondering if we should pull her out. Though the elementary school seems excellent, there is a reason there are only about 2 dozen kids in the high school. Though there is some fine teaching from a few staff, the leadership is very muddled about their philosophy of education and their influence in the kids' lives. Questions were deflected and concerns not addressed. It's simply not a healthy emotional environment. I waited to write this review until we had some distance and a comparison with another school. My negative assessment has not softened with time or further encounters. This school started with a good idea that deserved better care and execution.
Our son just started attending the PreK program and he loves Liberty. He is excited to go to school and we have seen so many developments in his learning in the few short months that he has been in attendance. The teachers and school staff have been so welcoming and so caring. He has gotten the individual attention that he needs and we feel like that has helped his development.
Liberty Classical has a great deal to offer and can be an outstanding education. The tuition is relatively affordable compared to some other private schools but is higher than most parochial or church-affiliated schools. Uniforms are required and the dress code is strictly enforced. The school community has a good group of involved parents to support the activities and class sizes tend to be small. Generally the weaknesses are in communication and openness - and the high turnover in the student body reflects this. The school is also generally not accommodating of students with any sort of special needs.
This is an amazing school. The teachers are so dedicated to the students and the support and individual attention my child has received is so appreciated. The teachers truly care about the students and their emotional, social and academic growth. I highly recommend this school.
I have a daughter in kindergarten and a son in second grade. Liberty offers challenging academics coupled with a wonderful learning environment, including small class sizes and warm and caring teachers who get to know the students and families very well and care deeply about their progress. The curriculum also promotes the development of character traits and leadership qualities as well as critical thinking skills. Oral presentations and public speaking are strongly emphasized throughout the school year; my 8 year old is not nervous at all getting up in front of a large group of people are reciting a poem or presenting the findings from a science project. On top of this, they also learn about God and develop a moral, ethical and theological framework from which to build their worldview. It is reflected in all aspects of their teaching and woven throughout the curriculum--not just "Classical learning plus Bible." This is what sets Liberty apart from other private, Christian, or charter schools available in MN. It is a truly intergrated approach. My children are thriving, they absolutely love Liberty and look forward to school every day.
Our kids love the staff and the school! The Christian character being built at Liberty far out ways that at any other school. Academics are held to a high standard. The well rounded curriculum is perfect for our kids, both high achieving and average student. Most important is that Christ is at the center of every class and every subject. Faculty and staff at Liberty reinforce the same beliefs as we do at home and they care about my children. Liberty is growing and shaping the strong Christian leaders of tomorrow and I am proud to be part of this school!
All I can say is RUN!! If you are even thinking of this school ask for contact numbers of students who have FLED! They say the talk BUT DO NOT DO THE WALK! RUN FAST--if you want a REAL classical academy NOVA all the way
Liberty is the best fit for our child! Academically challenging, spiritually engaging, a well rounded liberal arts curriculum in the classical model, and excellent teachers and staff are just a few of the reasons why we chose Liberty and continue to stay at Liberty. I highly recommend families seeking a college prep Christian school, come tour Liberty or attend an open house!
We are so thankful to have a school like Liberty to send our boys to. Our boys love school and we appreciate the close community that Liberty offers. They are not bored with the rigorous classical education and we are so amazed at how their hearts are developing spiritually. The staff is wonderful and they know their children! I have never seen a school with so many happy and cooperative children. We are blessed that we found a school we can entrust our children to.
We have been so blessed by Liberty Classical Academy! As parents of a 3rd grader and kindergartner, we wanted a school that would reinforce our values and morals. This school not only does that but provides an amazing Classical Education! Coming from a public school with 26 kids in a class, the small class sizes have also been a blessing. Our children have grown both academically and spiritually. We thank God for the opportunity to be able to send our children to Liberty!
As a parent of a Kindergardener, all of our expectations have been met. Making a school decision for a little one is never easy, but within a week of school starting, we were elated and relieved that we'd clearly made the right choice. These kids have FUN! while soaking up incredible amounts of information in a structured, but joyful environment. My child is learning respect, high levels of academics, and character, while having a blast. The school may seem small, but what they're taking away is BIG. What a relief to know that our child is learning truth and knowledge away from home, to accent what we're teaching in the home.
Liberty upholds its standards of excellence in every area. Besides that, though, it is also a warm, caring community. Coming to Liberty has been like coming home. We are so thankful that the Lord has put Liberty here in Minnesota for such a time as this.
LCA is a well rounded school with an education that is second to none. The academics offered at Liberty are not only equal to, but better than the academics offered at larger schools with larger tuitions. Liberty is also part of the Minnesota State High School League, so there are many sporting options as well. The music, band and drama departments have staff that is not only talented, but well known and respected. (Mr. Paul Grustans) I invite you to come and check out more information about Liberty at our open house on Nov 13th, Feb 19th, and April 9th. A small school feel, with large school opportunities.
This is a first-class, rock-solid educational approach that teaches our kids how to think logically and communicate effectively. They learn the span of human history and the ideas that shaped our current world. They learn to think logically and communicate clearly in written and spoken word. Best of all, our children have grown deeper in personal integrity and devotion to God. They realize that world they'll inherit needs leaders who understand where we've been and where we might go unless men and women of character step up with wisdom and insight.
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