Liberty Central School District is located in the Village of Liberty, in Sullivan County, nestled in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. The district serves 1,625 students from five surrounding townships, plus the village and town of Liberty. Those towns include: Rockland, Fallsburg, Neversink, Thompson, and Bethel.
The district is made up of three schools, Liberty Elementary, Liberty Middle School and Liberty High School. The district offers courses of study for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and has two campuses.
The main focus of instruction at Liberty is on the district-wide PBIS program, or Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. PBIS focuses on students’ positive behavior and encourages students to take responsibility for their actions and for their school.
The elementary school is located at 201 North Main Street. The middle and high schools are located at 145 and 125 Buckley St., less than a half-mile from the elementary school. A district-wide $35.8 million building project was started in 2009 and was completed in 2011.
Liberty Elementary School: Grades Pre-K-4
Built in 1911, the original building was a kindergarten through 12th-grade school and later became the elementary school when the high school was built in 1963. It now is the home to Liberty’s pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. A diverse and rich curriculum is anchored firmly by a strong language arts curriculum. Students also learn character education (PBIS), where four core district-wide expectations (“Be Respectful”, “Be Responsible”, “Be There, Be Ready” and “Follow Directions”) are taught, practiced and modeled in all areas of school life. The building project at the elementary school, completed in 2012, includes the addition of eight classrooms on two floors, a new cafeteria, new media center, renovated bathrooms, new windows and roofing, new parking lots and an expanded playground.
Liberty Middle/High School: Grades 5-8
Liberty Middle School serves grades 5-8 at the Buckley Street campus and was built in 1992. In addition to academics, the Liberty Middle School offers peer mentoring, which empowers students and allows them to play an active role in their education. Extra-curricular activities offered include modified sports for seventh-graders, Junior Honor Society, art club and more. The Boys and Girls Club was started at Liberty Middle School in February of 2010 and was expanded in the 2010-11 school year to include students in grades 5-7. The goal of Liberty Middle School is to produce competent and confident students.
Liberty Middle/High School: Grades 9-12
Liberty High School serves students in grades 9-12 and offers a variety of academic programs including AP, distance learning classes, and classes that offer college credits. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of interscholastic teams as well as extracurricular activities including art, music and performing arts. A new state-of-the-art library and media center at the high school was completed in 2011. The new facility provides students with enhanced academic opportunities and uses “green technology” throughout. The building is a net-zero energy structure.