Two fifth grade students offered these reflections about their educational experience at Liberty: "I love Liberty for its kind and helpful teachers. Liberty is a great school." and "At Liberty we learn about team work, sportsmanship, friendship, and integrity." These comments represent two of the most important things that the Liberty faculty strives for each day. The 35 staff members who make up the Liberty Elementary team have worked to create a climate where students feel those two important things that these students mentioned . . . high expectations and kindness in the classrooms, hallways, playground, and cafeteria.
Teachers at Liberty are committed to coming to school each day with a smile. This carries over to countless interactions with kids that help them build their self-confidence, feel valued for the unique person they are, and to teach them how to be positive and proactive in their own lives.
All of the 300 Liberty students are held to high expectations, both academically and behaviorally. The Liberty teachers are dedicated to using instructional strategies that promote the best student learning and lead to success for all students. Teachers utilize small group instruction for both math and reading as a way to teach and reinforce the District's Power Standards that are aligned with the Common Core Curriculum Standards.
Classroom teachers strive to finish the school year with 100% of their students proficient in the grade level skills required to be successful in the forthcoming school year. To reach this goal, teachers assist struggling students with additional small group instruction, peer tutoring, and parent involvement. Liberty is designated as a school-wide Title I school, so additional staff can be retained to enable students to receive extra academic support when needed.
Teachers meet in Professional Learning Communities several times each month to share instructional strategies and to set short-term learning goals for students. This collaboration allows teachers to improve their methods and ensures that all students are taught with the most effective lessons.
Students are informed about the goal setting process which includes how to set a goal, work towards that goal, and then celebrate the success of reaching their goal. Beyond high academic achievement, Liberty teachers work to help students learn to make choices about their behavior and lifestyle that will have positive effects on their future. The Liberty H.E.A.R.T. (Healthy Energetic Active Runners in Training) Club offers students the opportunity to invest in the healthy habit of running. The H.E.A.R.T. Club meets weekly afterschool and allows students to track how many miles of running they log over the course of the year. Students also have the opportunity to enter the Oklahoma City Kids Marathon each spring.
The final commitment of Liberty staff members is to love kids unconditionally. Love at Liberty means that instructors work to help kids be successful academically and behaviorally. It means that students are held to high expectations because adults love students enough to not settle for less than their best. Love means that adults prioritize the BEST things education can do for kids over the things that are simply good.
Liberty teachers conduct parent-teacher conferences with 100% of parents. This commitment serves as another example of loving students enough to ensure that every parent has the opportunity to learn about their child's education. Each morning, the dedication and excitement about the future of Liberty students can be heard as students recite the Liberty creed, which ends with, "Today, I have the courage to be the best I can be."