Liberty Classical Academy is home to approximately 60 new students this year! That in addition to all the new families who’ve joined us last year prompted me to provide a summary of our history and also a glimpse into our future so all our families can unite together moving forward.
It was a very humble beginning in the fall of 2003 for Liberty Classical Academy. With just 28 students combined into grades K-8 and an almost entirely volunteer though highly qualified staff, the school was small but exceeded expectations from the start. Liberty grew to 82 students by year three and needed to split into two churches in order to house the students. Though the school was growing, it was still very small but God had assured me and the rest of our team from the beginning that He planned to grow the school like an oak tree: the tap root and root structure develops first prior to seeing the leafing out of the tree on a large scale. That gave our team peace of mind not to worry about how large we were, but to focus solely on making our school the best it could be. We worked tirelessly on developing the Liberty Classical Academy program and developing the foundation of excellence upon which the school is now built.
After being housed in two locations for eight of the first eleven years the school was open, it was a tremendous gift to secure the current site within St. Pius X. The fall of 2014 was the first time it felt like a REAL school that housed a huge gymnasium with bleachers, locker rooms, a stage, etc. We were overjoyed and in our thanks to God, promised we’d never forget our humble beginnings.
After our first year at St Pius X, it finally became apparent that we were ready to focus on growth. We launched a three-year growth campaign in the fall of 2015 with a goal of 15% growth, three years in a row. We added a 52 Days of Prayer for Growth Campaign all three years and God amazed us with an average of 19% growth each year! We literally went from being a small school to a medium size school in just 3 years! While that was tremendous for the school, it also added some challenges from an administrative standpoint. After hiring a consultant, we restructured our administrative organization, hired an assistant headmaster to help me with the day-to-day operations of the school and implemented the broadened structure in the midst of COVID in July 2020!
With COVID and other cultural factors came more growth. Families were—and are—looking for a place that stays true to God, family, and country and Liberty is a safe haven in the cultural storm. Just this morning one of our new parents thanked me for this school, saying, “Liberty is a breath of fresh air!” I hear this over and over.
We are thrilled to welcome all our new families as well as our tried-and-true returning families. We look forward to the future as we seek a final destination for Liberty’s outstanding program. A place that will allow us to grow to the original goal of 800 students and will provide the space and means for a chapel, athletic fields, auditorium, environmental science space and the list goes on!
We want both new and old to join together in anticipation to see the fulfillment of the Liberty dream of our own campus and the ability to replicate our program in other places around the country. Liberty is a special place; our families are committed to excellence, their children, their faith, this country, and one another. We are blessed to have each one of you at Liberty!
The profile that measured college preparedness, for instance, demonstrated that ACCS alumni were by far the best prepared academically of all the groups; “….more than double the next highest group.” Regarding the Conservative and Traditional profile, once again ACCS alumni were more distinct from the other schools, demonstrating they hold more strongly to, “[the] values and practices that would be considered socially conservative.” With respect to being Independent Thinkers and Influential, ACCS students once again are far away higher in those measures. Given that debate, discussion and logic are significant components of a classical Christian education, it stands to reason they would value independent thinking since it is a natural result of respectful dialog and debate. ACCS alumni are more influential than any other of the school categories (by the largest margin of all of the seven profiles measured). This should be taken as strong assurance that the rhetoric level program, where students are taught to evaluate information, form their opinions and learn to persuade others with respectful and reasoned arguments, are extremely effective in developing students who go on to use these skills to influence others; classical Christian alumni were hand and foot over the other school categories on measures of influence.
These four measures were grouped together to provide “World-Impact Outcomes.” As part of the summary for these four, the report concludes, “ Their [ACCS alumni] strongest difference is in their willingness and ability to engage our culture as evidenced through their leadership positions held, greater connection with influential people and their desire and obligation to engage on social issues. Their academic preparation exceeds even private preparatory schools, and far more ACCS alumni earn high grades and a degree in college.”
Given Liberty’s meaningful purpose is to classically educate children to be moral leaders who impact the culture for Christ, it’s readily apparent that this model will produce fruit like no other school model available. It’s music to our ears! What a an incredible gift Liberty Classical Academy parents are giving their children—and ultimately, through their children’s influence, our culture.