Liberty Elementary School

Summary:

Liberty Elementary School is a public elementary school located in Mishawaka, Indiana, serving 417 students in grades K-6. The school is part of the School City of Mishawaka district, which is ranked 248 out of 364 districts in Indiana and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Liberty Elementary has a more diverse student population compared to nearby schools, with a higher percentage of African American (15.59%) and Hispanic (14.39%) students. However, the school consistently underperforms academically, with only 20.51% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 28.42% for the district and 39.7-40.8% statewide. Liberty also has significantly higher chronic absenteeism rates, ranging from 19.1% to 39.2% over the past three years, and a very high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage among the student population.

When compared to other nearby schools within the same district, such as Twin Branch Elementary and Fred J. Hums Elementary, Liberty Elementary consistently underperforms academically, with significantly lower ILEARN proficiency rates in all subjects and grade levels. These nearby schools also have lower chronic absenteeism rates and a less economically disadvantaged student population. Despite the challenges faced by Liberty Elementary, the school's increased per-student spending suggests a commitment to investing in resources to support student learning, and leveraging this investment, along with best practices from higher-performing nearby schools, could help the school improve and better serve its student population.


Detail:

Public K-6

 600 E Pregel Dr
       Mishawaka, IN  46545


(574) 254-3700

District: School City of Mishawaka

SchoolDigger Rank:
800th of 1,011 Indiana Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,396 Help


Students who attend Liberty Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    John J Young Middle School
High:    Mishawaka High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.9 Help
Number of students:  417

Racial breakdown:

White:
56.4%
African American:
15.6%
Hispanic:
14.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  79.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Liberty Elementary School ranks worse than 79.1% of elementary schools in Indiana. It also ranks 5th among 7 ranked elementary schools in the School City of Mishawaka District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 21.69. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Liberty Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (56.4%), African American (15.6%), Hispanic (14.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 79.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Liberty Elementary School is 14.9, which is the 3rd best among 7 elementary schools in the School City of Mishawaka District. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Liberty Elementary School is $9,396. 3 elementary schools in the School City of Mishawaka District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Liberty Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

School City of Mishawaka:

SchoolDigger ranks School City of Mishawaka 248th of 364 Indiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Liberty Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 27.12 280th 326 14.1%
2005 30.51 767th 959 20.0%
2006 37.44 689th 961 28.3%
2007 46.47 624th 985 36.6%
2008 45.98 647th 996 35.0%
2009 56.90 502nd 1003 50.0%
2010 59.40 476th 1009 52.8%
2011 50.88 616th 1025 39.9%
2012 59.66 464th 1015 54.3%
2013 72.74 252nd 1035 75.7%
2014 67.69 349th 1036 66.3%
2015 61.70 432nd 1040 58.5%
2016 56.10 524th 1046 49.9%
2017 42.28 669th 1033 35.2%
2018 40.49 696th 1027 32.2%
2019 29.63 780th 1031 24.3%
2021 24.06 784th 1016 22.8%
2022 20.44 818th 1020 19.8%
2023 21.69 805th 1016 20.8%
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Data source: test scores: Indiana Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Open Quote My child is having a difficult and miserable experience there. My child’s teacher promotes a bullying behavior within the classroom as they are setting the tone. My child has been insulted and made fun of by his teacher multiple times in front of other students. I cannot recommend this school. The leadership is not on par with other schools that my child has previously attended. They make no effort to teach the children manners in a proper tone, rather just call them names such as immature, ridiculous, or silly. In general, my child’s teacher is loud, rude, over the top, and self involved.

When questions have been presented to the school regarding paperwork that has been sent home for parents regarding extra curricular activity or even daily scheduled events, no one in the office nor even my child’s teacher is aware of the scheduled events.

The school chose to not follow through on the calendar scheduled ‘learn to be kind to fellow students/anti bullying’ assembly, which they could REALLY use, considering the way the students speak to each other. My child’s teacher wasn’t even aware of it on the school monthly calendar when my child asked about it on the day it was scheduled to happen and responded that they had no idea what he was even talking about. Pretty sad...

The teaching style is very loose, perhaps non existent being a more accurate depiction, as my child is taught on a self learning assignment based method.

Worst school I’ve ever had encountered, personally. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Liberty Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2000 419 10 7 6 4 n/a n/a 0 446
2001 406 18 10 10 6 n/a n/a 0 450
2002 449 29 11 26 3 n/a n/a 0 518
2003 449 29 11 26 3 n/a n/a 0 518
2004 416 27 8 28 3 n/a n/a 0 482
2005 369 11 9 37 3 n/a n/a 0 429
2006 355 29 8 35 6 n/a n/a 0 433
2007 292 35 9 26 4 n/a n/a 36 402
2008 292 49 5 24 4 n/a n/a 52 426
2009 267 34 4 32 5 n/a n/a 42 384
2010 264 40 2 28 5 n/a n/a 41 380
2011 273 38 6 31 5 0 45 0 398
2012 301 40 6 38 6 0 40 0 431
2013 337 48 6 41 6 0 44 0 482
2014 344 53 5 39 4 0 44 0 489
2015 312 49 7 38 4 1 46 0 457
2016 313 64 4 46 3 0 43 0 473
2017 316 81 5 45 2 0 51 0 500
2018 322 79 3 46 1 0 49 0 500
2019 300 84 1 47 1 0 60 0 493
2020 273 83 1 49 4 0 61 0 471
2021 251 65 1 39 4 1 75 0 436
2022 242 69 1 44 0 1 72 0 429
2023 235 65 0 60 1 0 56 0 417

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Liberty Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 446 26.3 17.0 n/a
2001 450 26.1 17.2 n/a
2002 518 29.5 17.6 51.9
2003 518 29.5 17.6 51.9
2004 482 29.7 16.2 58.9
2005 429 27.7 15.5 67.4
2006 433 27.1 16.0 59.1
2007 402 n/a n/a 62.3
2008 426 28.1 15.2 70.3
2009 384 26.4 14.5 71.6
2010 380 26.0 14.6 76.4
2011 398 24.5 16.2 71.4
2012 431 30.0 14.3 69.1
2013 482 30.0 16.0 70.7
2014 489 29.0 16.8 72
2015 457 25.0 18.2 73.3
2016 473 26.0 18.1 75.5
2017 500 26.0 19.2 76.4
2018 500 26.7 18.6 73.8
2019 493 27.0 18.2 72.8
2020 471 27.0 17.4 70.7
2021 436 34.0 12.8 67.4
2022 429 27.3 15.6 60.4
2023 417 27.8 14.9 79.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Liberty Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 446 26.3 17.0 n/a
2001 450 26.1 17.2 n/a
2002 518 29.5 17.6 51.9
2003 518 29.5 17.6 51.9
2004 482 29.7 16.2 58.9
2005 429 27.7 15.5 67.4
2006 433 27.1 16.0 59.1
2007 402 n/a n/a 62.3
2008 426 28.1 15.2 70.3
2009 384 26.4 14.5 71.6
2010 380 26.0 14.6 76.4
2011 398 24.5 16.2 71.4
2012 431 30.0 14.3 69.1
2013 482 30.0 16.0 70.7
2014 489 29.0 16.8 72
2015 457 25.0 18.2 73.3
2016 473 26.0 18.1 75.5
2017 500 26.0 19.2 76.4
2018 500 26.7 18.6 73.8
2019 493 27.0 18.2 72.8
2020 471 27.0 17.4 70.7
2021 436 34.0 12.8 67.4
2022 429 27.3 15.6 60.4
2023 417 27.8 14.9 79.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Liberty Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $759 (9.8%) $6,982 (90.2%) $7,742
2020 $708 (8.9%) $7,206 (91.0%) $7,915
2021 $961 (11.2%) $7,599 (88.8%) $8,560
2022 $1,915 (20.4%) $7,481 (79.6%) $9,396

Data source: Indiana Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Liberty Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 780th of 1031 Elementary schoolsRanks 805th of 1016 Elementary schools
 3.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Liberty Elementary School)2511.5
 13.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (School City of Mishawaka)33.826.9
 6.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)46.339.7
 6.6%
3rd Grade Math (Liberty Elementary School)32.819.2
 13.6%
   3rd Grade Math (School City of Mishawaka)46.936.8
 10.1%
   3rd Grade Math (Indiana)58.753.1
 5.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Liberty Elementary School)33.326.5
 6.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (School City of Mishawaka)2627.9
 1.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)45.840.3
 5.5%
4th Grade Math (Liberty Elementary School)44.430.9
 13.5%
   4th Grade Math (School City of Mishawaka)33.637.2
 3.6%
   4th Grade Math (Indiana)5448.8
 5.2%
4th Grade Science (Liberty Elementary School)34.726.5
 8.2%
   4th Grade Science (School City of Mishawaka)30.226.8
 3.4%
   4th Grade Science (Indiana)46.337
 9.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Liberty Elementary School)28.324.6
 3.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (School City of Mishawaka)35.629.2
 6.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.540.2
 7.3%
5th Grade Math (Liberty Elementary School)21.723.1
 1.4%
   5th Grade Math (School City of Mishawaka)34.629.7
 4.9%
   5th Grade Math (Indiana)47.841.1
 6.7%
5th Grade Social Studies (Liberty Elementary School)21.713.9
 7.9%
   5th Grade Social Studies (School City of Mishawaka)37.224.7
 12.5%
   5th Grade Social Studies (Indiana)4639.1
 6.9%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Liberty Elementary School)56.516.3
 40.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (School City of Mishawaka)35.429.3
 6.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Indiana)47.840.8
 7%
6th Grade Math (Liberty Elementary School)38.724.5
 14.2%
   6th Grade Math (School City of Mishawaka)31.628.7
 2.9%
   6th Grade Math (Indiana)46.438.3
 8.1%
6th Grade Science (Liberty Elementary School)41.918.4
 23.5%
   6th Grade Science (School City of Mishawaka)31.126
 5.1%
   6th Grade Science (Indiana)48.638.2
 10.4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students493417
 15.4%
African American8465
 22.6%
American Indian11
Asian10
 100%
Hispanic4760
 27.7%
Pacific Islander00
White300235
 21.7%
Two or More Races6056
 6.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients72.8%79.9%
 7%


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Students at Liberty Elementary School are 56% White, 16% African American, 14% Hispanic, 13% Two or more races.

Students who attend Liberty Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : John J Young Middle School
High : Mishawaka High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 417 students attended Liberty Elementary School.

Liberty Elementary School ranks in the bottom 20.9% of Indiana elementary schools.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Indiana Department of Education.

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