BRAND NEW CAMPUS
PRE-K THROUGH 2ND GRADE
Liberty CLASSICAL ACADEMY Headmaster
Announcing the PLANs for Liberty’s new Hugo Campus
Hugo Campus Progress
Liberty Classical Academy Milestones
What does 2 campuses mean for Liberty?
It’s no secret that Liberty Classical Academy has enjoyed steady growth over the past several years. And, when the pandemic forced families to endure distance learning for their kids, many realized they needed a better environment with better academics and values that were in line with their own.
It’s also no secret that we need more space to accommodate our current students and those who wish to join our community. In fact, we have been saving money for the purpose of purchasing a building when the time was right.
That time is now, as we received a generous donation from an anonymous donor which allowed us to make an all-cash purchase of a former elementary school in Hugo, MN in the fall of 2021.
Because this building served students aged 12 and younger, various aspects are set up for smaller children (bathrooms, gymnasium, etc). As a result, our preschool-2nd grade program will move into the Hugo campus beginning in the Fall of 2022.
This will not only enable us to continue our growth in the lower grades by adding a third section of kindergarten, first and second grades, it also will ease the congestion in our current space and allow more room for our middle and high school students.
The property surrounding the Hugo campus allows us to create the space we’ve been envisioning for Liberty for years. We are currently meeting with architects who will help us determine what that looks like in the physical sense, and our goal is to have all grades - preschool through 12th - at the new campus within 3-5 years.
Because the need for additional space is present today, however, we are not waiting to move students to the new campus. Preschool through 2nd grade will be at the new campus starting in the 2022/23 school year.
- Before and after school care will be available at both campuses. Before school care will begin at 7:30 am and after school care will end at 5:30 pm.
- The school start times will stagger as well. Start and end times will not change at our current location (8:10 am - 3:15 pm) Start and end times at the Hugo campus will be 8: 25 am - 3:05 pm.
- To help with transportation challenges, we will provide bussing between the two campuses.
- A hot lunch will be available at both campuses
What’s changing; what’s staying the same?
Although in the short term, we will have two campuses, nothing else will change. Liberty will still be the same caring community we are today. The beloved Buddy System is not going away, our curriculum is not changing in any way and our strong Christian values will remain intact.
The new campus will house a full staff including a facilities manager, a nurse, learning specialist and teaching staff. It also will have a librarian, hot lunch coordinator and administrative support.
The financial department and advancement team will remain at the White Bear Lake campus.
And while the Hugo campus is the new campus, that doesn’t mean there won’t be opportunities for some change the White Bear Lake campus. We are currently exploring ideas but can tell you there will be a new student lounge for our upper school students.