Welcome to the Liberty Arts Magnet. We are a kindergarten through eighth-grade magnet school.
Liberty is truly unique. It utilizes experimental learning demonstrated through art forms. Along with traditional classes (reading, math, science and social studies), students participate in theater, visual arts, dance and vocal/instrumental music. Art is integrated into all academic areas. All students are welcome at Liberty; with or without experiences in the arts.
Students get many diverse, hands-on experiences, unique field trips and live performances. Below are just a few examples:
· Fifth and sixth-grade students viewed a live performance of The Giver at Ohio Northern University.
· Second-grade students go to the Mazza Museum in Findlay, where they learn about the art of picture books in a gallery setting.
· Eighth-grade students participate in “Blues in the Schools.” One year, they built cigar box guitars. A guest musician taught students how to play them.
· Third-grade students go to the Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center at Bluffton University where they learn about peace through art.
· Seventh and eighth-graders participated in a yearlong project “Changing the Urban Environment.” Students designed, drew, and buillt bike racks to make Lima a friendlier bike community. Physics, math, social studies and art were integrated into this project.
· First through fourth-graders learned about puppetry through a yearlong residency.
· Eighth-grade students are able to get high school credit for algebra I.
· Attorney Bruce French teaches eighth-graders about democracy. Students go to Columbus to visit the General Assembly, meet elected officials and see a mock trail.
· First through fifth-graders can participate in Touring Company, a performance group that performs live shows throughout the area.
· Show Choir, for fifth through eighth-graders, also performs in public.
I welcome families to attend a performance by Liberty students. Dates are on the Lima City Schools calendar. Families are also invited to tour Liberty by appointment.
Angie Heffner, principal
338 West Kibby Street Telephone: 419-996-3320 Fax: 419-996-3321
Student Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Early dismissal every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.