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Liberty High School

Public | 9-12 | 2809 students

 

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Posted November 3, 2014

Liberty High School is a wonderful school. So many opportunities, teachers are very dedicated always willing to help when needed. Wonderful sports and clubs, such school pride.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2011

This school has provided my daughter with lots of learning opportunity's. She has learned so much from attending this school, and actually looks forward to going to school everyday. I would highly recommend sending your child to thins school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2011

If you want to work a job other than "do you want fries with that" and are an average student do not go here. However if you are an honors student you will do fine, but since the classes below honors are all mixed you don't really learn much.


Posted November 12, 2010

The newly renovated school is beautiful. The sport facilities are top notch - among the best in the state. The student population is diverse. Wealthy kids among economically challenged students. However, most of the students are from upper middle class households. Nationally renowned Grenadier band. Great school pride long after graduation. Being a part of this school & it's rich history is terrific. If you didn't take advantage of what the school offered, you have no one to blame but yourself. GO HURRICANES!


Posted October 17, 2010

Liberty did not offer the AP classes I needed in order as a base in order to succeed in an Ivy League school, such as AP Biology and AP Chemistry. Looking back, I think the only good thing Liberty did was teach me a lot about poverty and teenage pregnancy. Liberty is also very good at teaching life skills, like for example do not bump into people accidentally or else you will get GIRRRL YOU DID NOT JUST DO THAT + finger snap Liberty is a good place for kids who plan on joining the army.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 10, 2010

I am a junior at liberty and I can honestly say this shool has it's ups and downs. Alot of people think this is a bad school, but really it's the kids that make it that way. Half of the school is kids that don't want to learn anything at all and be idiots, and the other half actually put effort in and try to learn. Some of the younger teachers are very inexperienced and need to go back to college, but other than that, MOST of the teachers are very very nice, helpful and great teachers! The school has A LOT of school spirit when it comes to sports and we have a great football team. One disadvantage for this is that the school spends most of the money on school uniforms and sports equipment, rather than spending it on textbooks. Many classes of mine lacked text books.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 4, 2009

Im a student at Liberty. I feel that every year the student body gets more and more disrespectful. Overall students are mainly rude, the hallways are always packed, If your not the star quarterback for our football team don't expect to get any special treatment. The classes are mainly easy, I find most to be very easy since the classrooms became 'integrated'. Liberty is mediocre at best, I recomend sending your kids to Freedom.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 24, 2008

Liberty High School is a great school with a wonderful group of students in attendance. The variable that is hindering the staff and students alike is the federal and state governments. Without autonomy in the classroom the staff is handcuffed as to what is happening in the classroom and that does not bode well for the students in this wonderful school and schools throughout the nation. The staff of LHS has been very successful in preparing the students, that desire it, the skills to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, carpenters, mechanics, etc. Nobody has bothered to ask the students or the teaching staffs of this country what is happening in their schools. Let the teachers teach and the students learn. Trying to reach the goals of NCLB is ridiculous, higher education isn't for everyone and yet we are putting all students into college prep classes. Liberty High School is a great place.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 23, 2008

I am in 100% agreement with the posting dated August 23, 2003. Currently I teach at LHS and I experience the apathy toward school and learning which undermines the efforts that many teachers try to instill in their students. I feel very badly for those students who belong in academic level classes but aren't challenged enough due to the students who really don't belong in academic level classes mostly because of their lack of work ethic. The school has a great amount of potential with a wonderful staff and a great principal but we need to become stricter and more rigorous and forget about failing too many students who have been pushed through the system.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 15, 2008

I currently attend this school, overall it's a good place to go. We have an outstanding football team, and our band is amazing. Unfortunately, our academic part isn't nearly as good. We have some teachers who don't do a good job at all. Some teachers do a good job, but others just crazy!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2008

First of all, Liberty High School is a big school. There are hundreds of teachers, hundreds of classrooms, and hundreds of students. So the hallways are indeed jam-packed between classes. Liberty is still undergoing renovations (the occasional jackhammer can be heard from the classrooms) and, I've heard, will finish by the end of the year. Liberty does have a good selection of clubs and activities, and a good variety of food available every day for lunch. Classes are basically divided into two tracks-regular and honors. The honors classes involve a more detailed track of the regular classes (eg, in science class, more laboratory work) and do have more homework. Students get a Thanksgiving break (Thursday to Monday, for the 2008 break) and a Christmas break (~10 days). Some other pieces of info: The current principal of Liberty is JoAnn Durante. Liberty currently has a total of about 3000 students800 in 9th grade.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2008

I am a student at LHS right now. I am having a horrible time, I am in all honors classes and many of my teachers do not teach, and we do not learn anything. There is only a handful of peers around me that have a desire to learn, and the other children run around the hallways like lunatics. There is hardly any control here, and major reforms need to be taken to the administrative system.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2007

I just recently finished my high school years at this school. Liberty offers everything most high schools offer, and more. We have a very talented athletic department [especially football]. I am a former member of the band, and must say, it is an exceptionally amazing program. Many students go on to fantastic music schools. Most schools do not put as much money into the music program as Liberty does, and for that, I would like to thank Liberty staff.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 17, 2007

I graduated from LHS in '79. I currently have two kids there. The oldest is a senior and an honor roll student. The younger an under achiever who has no desire to learn. It is a large school and the students who wish to become something have a lot to choose from. The principal is a stand up guy. When I caught my younger child skipping school I marched her into the office and was given a meeting with the principal. He definitely does the best he can with the students. I have three younger children as well. I will absolutely send them to Liberty. The curriculum is challenging for motivated students and will give a basic education to those who only desire that. The schools athletics are also exceptional. Bethlehem was recently named a top 100 place to live by Money Magazine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2005

As a former student, and never to be parent of a student therein, I can say that Liberty High School is an excellent public school. Having been personally through both Catholic and Public schools through my curriculum vitae, I sense I have some ability to accuractely comment on the topic. Essentially, everything comes upon YOUR child. Perhaps not the answer you as a parent came here looking for, however, if your child aspires to be the best, Liberty can make that happen through its top-notch array of AP/Honors classes - Likewise, if the goal is to skim through high school and achieve as little out of it as one puts in, thats equally easy to do. There is very little hand holding unless the student requests it. However, generally, the teachers are very well qualified (with a few exceptions, as always) and are always willing to help in any way possible.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 30, 2005

Was thinking about relocating here a couple years ago and did a lot of speaking to principal to arrange the transfer, and even though our relocation didn't work out, the secretary and principal were very helpful and kind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2005

High level academics and a variety of after school activities avaiable at LHS. Parent involvement is encouraged and welcomed at LHS. Excellent school for all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2005

The principal is simply incredible. He is very supportive and involved in his school. The music program is very excellent, thanks in part to the principal's priceless support. The award-winning band has a relationship with the Coldstream Guards Band in England and the orchestra with the music school in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The wind ensemble is far more advanced than what is expected of a high school. All three groups have exceptional talent consistantly with some students attending top music schools upon graduating. The choirs are excellent too. The principal often performs with the choirs and the students really appreciate his strong baritone voice. He is very visable within the music program. The four directors are very talented and skilled teachers who are very supportive and involved in their jobs. For what the academics lack, the music program makes up for. The school does a great job of keeping music present.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 26, 2003

This school is hindered by a class of students that do not seem to want to learn and their environment out of school (parents and peers) seems to imply that learning in school is not cool. These malcontents sap the school district of the much needed focus it should place on its higher performers. Unfortunately Federal Laws slanted to molly coddle and indulge these types make the program geared towards the average rather than the exceptional. I'm sure other schools suffer similar federally mandated afflictions. The school does have one of the best musical programs and band in the country. The principal is first rate, very visible, and is very much in tune with a majority of the students. name withheld
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

568 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

566 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

552 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
31%

2009

 
 
29%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

565 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
87%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students48%
Female47%
Male49%
Black37%
Asian93%
Hispanic27%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learners11%

Reading

All Students64%
Female67%
Male61%
Black57%
Asian86%
Hispanic47%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
English language learners11%

Science

All Students32%
Female31%
Male32%
Black20%
Asian72%
Hispanic15%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
English language learners0%

Writing

All Students76%
Female80%
Male71%
Black77%
Asian93%
Hispanic64%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
English language learners15%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 50% 71%
Hispanic 35% 9%
Black 12% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
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Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

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  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
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  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer

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  • Choir / Chorus
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1115 Linden St
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Phone: (610) 691-7200

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