2020-21 Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy
CEEB code: 342695
Phone: (704) 660-3933
Fax: (704) 746-9540
Dean of School: Daniel Amerman
School Counselor: Rachel Hamrick
Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy (Liberty Prep) was founded in 2010 in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina, approximately 25 miles north of the city of Charlotte. Liberty Prep is a K-12 school, conveniently located central to Lake Norman and its surrounding areas and is one of the few private, Christian preparatory schools in the region. Liberty Prep is non-denominational, with families at the school attending over 60 churches, representing a diverse range of denominations within the Christian faith. The student body identifies as 90% Caucasian and 10% African American, Native American, Asian, Biracial, or Other.
Liberty Prep is a University-Model School ®, a unique model of education bringing together the best attributes of traditional public and private schools as well as independent study, integrating them into one. Using a university-style course schedule allows students to receive professional instruction by highly qualified and degreed instructors in the central classroom on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Students complete teacher prepared lessons in the satellite (home) classroom, under a parent’s mentorship and guidance on Wednesday and Friday. The immediate goal is a quality, cost-effective, college preparatory education, set in a Christian environment. The key feature of this unique model is professional classroom instruction partnered with caring parental guidance at home where the parent is the primary influence in the student’s life, and the teacher, the primary educator.
Liberty Prep is a comprehensive four-year private high school with a current enrollment of 88 students in grades 9–12. In 2015, the school celebrated its’ inaugural graduating class of 5 students, while the Class of 2020 included 19 graduates. Liberty Prep is certified by the National Association of University Model Schools and is accredited by AdvancED. Additionally, the school holds membership in the College Board and the National Association of University Model Schools, and is registered with the NCAA.
Liberty Prep and the University Model School education promote and implement a college preparatory level of academic challenge and rigor. Students learn to work in a traditional teacher-led classroom alongside their peers, while also developing independent learning skills that promote college/university success.
The academic program is organized on a standard class schedule, with core academic courses being yearlong in scope and elective offerings, semester-based. Students take six, 50-minute, classes on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week, and have teacher-directed lessons that are designed to be approximately an hour per subject on Wednesday and Friday. Students attend classes either on campus or in a satellite location five days per week. Liberty Prep returned to its normal operating schedule with in-person classes, 3 days/week, and satellite instruction from home, 2 days/week, at the start of the current academic school year. Historically, students are given the opportunity to attend a week-long intensive “Winterim” course during the 2nd semester of the year for an additional half-credit. Upon successful completion of the “Winterim,” students may earn a potential of six and a half credits per year while participating in the traditional Liberty Prep schedule. However, “Winterim” was canceled in the Spring of 2020 due to COVID-19, so that the Class of 2021 had the potential to earn six credits as juniors. Students completed the 2019-20 school year fully online beginning March 23, 2020, with instruction delivered virtually and no change to grading policies.
Students are required to take a minimum of 2 credits in world language to graduate. Liberty Prep currently offers Spanish I, II, and III at a standard level. With regard to higher-level course options, we offer World History, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Calculus, and Psychology as AP® course selections. Honors courses are offered in English 9, 10, 11, and 12; World History I and II, US History, Government/Economics; Biology, Anatomy, Chemistry, Physics; Algebra II and Pre-Calculus. As juniors and seniors, students are offered access to dual enrollment opportunities in partnership with Mitchell Community College.
A minimum of 24 credits is required for graduation. In addition, each student must complete a 100-hour community service graduation requirement.
Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation
GPA is computed using the quality points as outlined in the following tables. Beginning with grade nine, all subjects, whether passed or failed, are included in the computation. Grades are recorded at each semester’s end and a student’s GPA is computed and documented on the transcript in both January and May.
Grading and Ranking
Courses at Liberty Prep are graded using the following scales based on Standard, Honors, or AP coursework.
*AP® courses are graded on a 5.0 scale and Honors courses on a 4.3 scale to reflect the additional workload and rigor associated with the AP® and Honors level curriculum. College transferable Dual Enrollment courses are also weighted on a 5.0 scale. A student’s GPA is based on an unweighted 4.0 scale, although by successfully completing higher-level coursework, students have the opportunity to achieve a weighted GPA exceeding a 4.0.
Liberty Prep does not rank students.
Class of 2021
There are eleven eligible graduates in the Class of 2021.
Parent and Student Resources
Information for Success
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