General Questions

What is Libertas College Prep?

Libertas College Prep is a 4-8 charter middle school in Exposition Park.  It is founded on the belief that all students can succeed within a structured supportive school environment.  We foster strong relationships with students and challenge them to be their best inside and outside the classroom.

What is a charter school?
A charter school is a tuition-free, public school that is open to all students. It is largely free to design and implement its own educational program, but must meet state education standards.

Is there a cost to attend Libertas?
No. All charter schools, like all public schools, are tuition-free.

How is Libertas funded?
Our operating expenses are primarily funded by per-pupil tuition revenue paid by the state and federal and state entitlement grants. We also receive funding from private foundations, corporations and individuals to support our growth efforts, special projects and initiatives.

What are Libertas’ growth plans?
We plan to open during the 2015 – 2016 school year with 4th and 5th grade. We will add one grade each year after that until we reach 8th grade. 

 

Academic Questions

Why does Libertas start in 4th grade?
One of our educational philosophies as a proposed college preparatory middle school is the belief that 4th grade is pivotal to ensuring success in later grades.  Research shows the achievement gap between urban students and their more affluent peers increases significantly in the 4th grade.  We combat this trend by starting middle school in 4th grade and preparing students early for selective high schools.

What else is unique about Libertas?
In addition to the 4th grade start, our educational philosophy is founded on the following beliefs:

  • Literacy is everything.  Los Angeles has markedly lower literacy rates than other major US cities. Our students will benefit from our strong emphasis on literacy development including three hours of reading instruction and practice daily with targeted remediation in phonics, fluency, and comprehension.
  • Teachers are academic leaders and character coaches.  Students rise to the expectations of their teachers.  Our teachers set high academic and character goals and work tenaciously to reach them with all students.
  • Structured and joyful school culture.  Clear systems and routines allow students to focus on learning.

What will be the average class size at Libertas? 
The average class size will be around 32-35 students.