Liberty Christian Academy closes its doors
Liberty Christian Academy will continue to cater to students next year, but not in a brick-and-mortar building.
The private school closed its 448 South Camp Road location after school ended this year because of budget constraints. The school leased its space from Liberty Baptist Church, which will now use the site exclusively.
The academy will continue its home-schooling division next year, which serves about 60 students, according to Liberty Christian Administrator Eric Turner.
The home-school division sells a curriculum for $30 per student to participating families, issues diplomas, and handles record-keeping, transcripts, SAT testing and grading.
The program is for kindergarten through 12th-grade students.
Some students from the on-site school will participate in the program next year, Turner said, while others will simply home school with another program.
Turner said parents and students have been understanding about the shut-down.
“We are absolutely at peace with what’s happened. There are no broken hearts, no frustration or anger. This is where the Lord is directing us and He knows better than we do,” Turner said.
Turner said enrollment began to decline after the school stopped offering after-hours preschool care in 2007, when enrollment was in the mid-20s.
Liberty Christian had 14 students when it began the 2010–11 school year. Eight students were attending on the last day of class May 18.
With so few students paying the school’s $2,100 annual tuition, it was not sustainable to keep the building open another year.
The home-school division “isn’t a money-maker,” Turner said, but is more affordable to operate.
Turner said the economy played a role in the enrollment decline as well, as many students moved away when their parents found a job elsewhere or couldn’t afford tuition anymore so they sent their children to free charter or public schools.
Turner hasn’t given up on the idea the school may open again. Some money has been left in a bank account as reserve funding in case it ever becomes feasible to have an on-site school again.
Turner said he’s sad about the school closing, but optimistic about the future.
“A lot of good things were accomplished through Liberty Christian Academy. It doesn’t mean good things won’t continue to happen, it just won’t be through that vehicle,” he said.