School Details

Liberty Elementary School

170 Liberty School Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 795-4380
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 1-6 155 students 16 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

75%
75%
56%
82%
82%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Liberty Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
66%
46%
96%
96%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Liberty Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
72%
65%
82%
82%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Liberty Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
83%
60%
97%
97%
65%
80%
80%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Liberty Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
77%
60%
73%
73%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Liberty Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Liberty Elementary School is a charter middle school in Petaluma. The principal of Liberty Elementary School is Christopher Rafanelli, who can be contacted at crafanelli@libertysd.org. 155 students attend Liberty Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 13% of the Liberty Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 21% of the 155 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Liberty Elementary School is 16:1. California Virtual Academy @ Sonoma School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Theater drama

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 79% 64%
Hispanic 19% 10%
Multiracial 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 1354%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 1%
Asian 0.6% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 0% 11%
Filipino 0% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 2%
Unspecified 0% 8%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 35%
Limited English proficiency 13% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    There are many wonderful things about Liberty and the school community but I agree with another parent post that there is way too much focus on test scores. My daughter that has attended from Liberty from Kindergarten and is now in 3rd grade. She often has 1-2 hours of homework at night and is often stressed out by the pressure the school puts on her to perform. If your child is highly academic this would be a good school for you. But if your child is more creative and responds better to alternative methods of learning your child will struggle at Liberty. That said I do believe that the teachers really care about their students and do their best within the framework that the school imposes to help the students succeed as best they can.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is fantastic! Between great administration wonderful staff and involved parents the kids get a very strong start. They are taught respect and social skills in addition to the academic standards. I have three kids two have graduated Liberty and as another Mom said 'they can tell the Liberty kids at the Jr. High'. I am very glad I chose Liberty to provide a strong foundation for my kids to build on.

  • (5 years ago)

    We're new to Liberty Elemenatary and we're in Love with the school and staff. Yes they have fabulous test scores; all 5 types of 2008 3rd grade test scores were in the top 10 of all North Bay county schools. Only 2 other schools in north bay counties finished in top 10 of all (5) 3rd grade test scores. The staff to student ratio of 46/198 is better then most private schools our Kindergarten class size of 15 students makes us VERY happy. It's only the 3rd week of school and our teacher has already completed her student evaluations and is adjusting the cirriculum for the 5 more advanced students. The family involvement is very high. In our class there are almost too many parent volunteers for our teacher to schedule. The on-campus aftercare program and staff are fabulous plus they allowed us to start 1 month before school started making the adjustment easy !

  • (5 years ago)

    this school is over the top when it comes to test scores that's all they care about sad to see such great staff wasted on standardized test there's more to a good education then timed tested and test scores.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a former student I learned a lot from Liberty. The teachers were very good and got to know you for who you are as a person and what your strengths and weaknesses were. I am glad that I went there.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have three kids that went to Liberty for two years. We loved the school. It is a small country school where parents and staff alike give their best efforts to make it a great environment for the kids. We found the teachers to be very professional and very loving. They really cared about the kids and the school. There is a lot of enthusiasm in the air over there. A great community to be involved with! And a great education for the kids.

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Overall score

(based on 8 ratings & reviews)

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