Although we were a little apprehensive to send our children to Liberty because of the cost we recognized this need to have our children be learning the same message at school as at home while not compromising the academic strength of the school. We decided to give it a try with the a reevaluation after one year of how we thought things went and we have been beyond pleased with what our children have learned as well as the depth and breadth of subjects. Our children love going to school each day and I feel completely comfortable talking with their teacher about any questions and their academic progress. We can't say enough about how pleased we are that Liberty is coming alongside us as parents to shepherd our children's minds as well as their hearts.
Liberty is intentional to inspire wisdom and character by providing opportunities for these to develop (such as mission trips and service opportunities) and also acknowledging hard spaces such as working through tough relationships rather than brushing them under the rug.
(Long-term student review)
Because of the strong Christian atmosphere, bullying incidents are few and far between, and thus this is not much of an issue to be concerned about.
In the rare case that it does occur, the teacher informed will almost always take some form of action against it. Most students are friends with all of their classmates, although cliques and little groups have started to form in some of the younger grades. Any discipline issues in the classroom are not usually related to bullying.
A classical school environment- even one as poor as the one found at Liberty- is NOT a place that the school should be advertising as "inclusive". Often the school will go to extensive measurements in order to incorporate troubled children into the classes. Whether these children are troubled because of bad home life, a learning disability, or a real, diagnosed mental illness, the school simply does not possess the staffing, equipment, or time to adequately accommodate these students. In turn, this hurts the teachers that are already strained under heavy work loads, the fellow classmates trying to learn during all of the confusion, and even the student him/herself.
Perhaps someday, far, far forward in the future, the school will have the experience and resources to accommodate such kids, but as for right now, the school is only further hurting itself.
(The student reviewer from other posts)
I am certainly not as capable of answering this question as an adult might be, but I have witnessed some things that hopefully can weigh something upon the reader's opinion.
From what I have witnessed the higher powers at the school claim, speak on, and advertise about the school, there is clearly a disparage between them and the actual groundwork of students. They claim that things happening at the school (such as academic excellence) are prominent and common, but have little real understanding of how the school works on a ground level. They have stopped molding the school and now simply advertise for it, ignorant of the problems popping up around them.
Many beautiful families who had at least one, if not both parents on the school board, have pulled their children and moved to other (non-Christian) classical schools such as NOVA or Parnassus (both charter schools found in Minnesota).
As for how one works their way up the leadership ladder at the school, it is sometimes not a question of skill, but rather of how long they have been at the school.
(Student reviewer as from other posts)
Many students grow in their faith while at the school, and are encouraged on their walk with God.
The Christ-centered atmosphere is strong, with very strong believers in all parts of staff. The chapels and worship songs are beautifully peaceful amidst the rush of an average school day. Integrity is found on the field, in the classrooms, and even (usually) outside of school.
(Again, this review is coming from a student)
As far as homework goes, most teachers will give their students a moderate amount- there is not much busywork, which is quite common in the public school system. Here, the teachers give out homework that is relevant to the subject matter at hand, and is helpful in emphasizing the key points of the subject in question. Many of my teachers always encouraged us to look through things with a pair of "Christian worldview glasses", a practice which is both good... but sometimes detrimental as some students simply remove the glasses once the school bell signals the end of the day.
I am disappointed that there are not reviews done by students on this site... I understand that parents wish to explain the joys that they have experienced watching their children attend, but I am here to give a student's perspective on the school, and I hope that you will take the time to read it.
I attended this school for many years, and I encourage prospective parents to look at the years under which the comments were posted, and understand why the reviews have changed in the nature of WHAT they are glorifying about the school over said years.
In my case, the school started off with a very strong foundation in the Classical arts (Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric stages), but over the years, a strong disconnect has developed between the school's administration and the classrooms themselves. Many of the higher staff truly believe that this strong foundation still exists; it does not.
If you are a parent that is interested in classical education, this is not the school for your child. Classical education depends upon many things, and one of those is the grounded understanding in the areas of Logic, both formal and informal. These two key topic areas will be skimmed over for your child, late in their middle school years. Because Logic is such a key subject, it is meant to be connected to other areas of the school, but it is not. Logic should be taught to the children through debate, essays, and other activities which can occur in the classroom, but most teachers will not teach students the art of Logic simply because they themselves do not understand how their teaching is classical. Because of the high teacher turnover rate, the classical feel for the three stages has been lost.
But are most of the teachers loving? Absolutely so, most of them are! I made great friends with teachers and students that came along my path, and they were always there to advise us students. However... some staff is extremely burnt out, and most of the teachers' hard work (or half-hearted work) goes unappreciated, and unpraised. It is sad for me to from one class where a teacher is extremely passionate about a subject to another in which the only thing a teacher does is pull up a youtube video.
This school does do well in the area of a "Christian" education, that I can honestly say. But when it comes to academic excellence, the joy of the classical method was lost long ago.