It takes forever to get help for your child. The child study lasts a couple of years. The parent really has to keep up with all testing and formally request all scores. The administration and some teachers downplay red flags (from their own testing like PALS and DRA) and will say things like,"He/She will grow out of it" or "other children cannot read/spell/write in the class as well, he/she is not the worst, so this is normal" etc. The district really takes a "gatekeeper stance" on getting special education services, instead of really looking at what the testing is showing them. They assume the parent is being a problem and act offended as opposed to listening to a parent's research and including them as an important part of their child's education. The school is also very closed now, there used to be an open-door policy and they used to be very welcoming of parents. That is not true anymore, in order to observe your child to try to understand what is going on in the classroom, you are discouraged. In addition, you are only able to observe for 30 min with someone from the administration there as a chaperone at their convenience. It has become very disheartening.
This is a great school. Supportive, caring and a great atmosphere for your child to grow. Our little girl went from 3rd-5th grade and she loved every single teacher she had. Great school.
Liberty Elementary Our 8-year old attended Liberty from KG through grade 2. What an excellent school Both the Principal and Assist Principal were very warm and caring towards our special needs child.
Great school. Very talented and engaging teachers, principal and staff. My two kids are challenged to the fullest extent. Very happy to be part of this dynamic school.
Great school, with good teachers and staff, love it. Greate managment and leadership. Facility is also very clean and nice. Always have some children activities doing on. I like the notification method via phone and email, so you are always aware of the happening in the school.
Even though instructional approaches differ, we have had some great teachers at this school. The staff members are wonderful and caring, parents are very pro-active. Ms. Atwater, the school principal, is extrememly approachable and friendly and genuinely cares about the kids and the quality of what is going on at the school She is there for early morning show and for evening after school activities. A great school.
Great Principal and Assistant Principal; extremely engaged parents; modern facilities; strong academics.
We are very pleased with the Kindergarten program at Liberty, even if we would rather have a full day option available for Loudoun County Public Schools. The administration and staff are very inviting and communicative about what to expect, how to be involved and how our child is being educated. We have an active PTA and lots of family participated in fundraising for the playground, adding books to the library and other needs of a new school. We look forward to the rest of our first year at Liberty and to many great years ahead.
Brand new school, just built before 2008 school year began. My son is in the special education program for preschoolers here at Liberty, and the program is superb. His teacher is great, the facilities in his classroom are new and up-to-date, the office staff is friendly, and the school is clean. I am very pleased with this school and can't wait to see what it has to offer in the upcoming years.
Having left another Loudoun County school to be one of the teachers at Liberty when it opened in September, 2008, I can only say it was the best decision I ever made. The principal and assistant principal are outstanding, inspiring, and a joy every day. Although it may take a year or two to work out all the little issues that a brand new school faces, I have every confidence in our administration and in my colleagues that we will put our hearts and souls into making this the best school in Loudoun!
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