Award Year: 2019

Liberty Elementary School

1250 East Liberty Hill Road
Fresno, CA, 93720-4046

(559) 327-7100

Mr. George Petersen, Principal at time of Nomination

Clovis Unified School District

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The mission of Liberty Elementary School is to provide students with programs aligned to state and district standards which foster lifelong learning, service to society, and a commitment to the Sparthenian concept to be the best in mind, body, and spirit.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 38%
  • Hispanic: 41%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Liberty Skyhawks Fly High and Fly Proud.

Liberty Skyhawks Fly High and Fly Proud.

Every student who attends Liberty Elementary School is supported by an entire community, from leaders of local businesses to organized committees of parent volunteers to highly trained staff. At Liberty, students do not face adversity alone, instead are taught to view learning as a collaborative process, where peers and adults become partners in unraveling confusion, solving problems, and exploring ideas. Students reach their fullest potential in teams, not in isolation. They are taught to support one another as they struggle to grow academically and social-emotionally.

Classrooms are personalized to address the unique learning styles of students. Couches, ball chairs, stools, adjustable desks, and other furniture are used to optimize a child's engagement. Teachers begin each year by building relationships with students, identifying strengths and weaknesses, not only academically but verbally, socially, and emotionally. From this authentic assessment, teachers mentor students how to work together, creating the capacity for effective academic discourse. Students take ownership of their learning by exploring topics that stimulate curiosity, and they present their learning in various formats to an audience of peers. Students experience how the pursuit of knowledge and the development of academic skills enhance their understanding of the world around them.

Liberty has established a "We" culture of leadership. A large cohort of adults and students come together with a common purpose, which is to ensure that all students can successfully navigate the path of high standards and rigorous curriculum, preparing them for a future where every Skyhawk can "Fly High, Fly Proud."