Liberty Bell Junior-Senior High School

Principal, Deborah DeKalb

Deborah DeKalb

Liberty Bell is an award-winning junior high and high school that prides itself on high levels of student achievement and character development. The school has won a host of awards, including being named a “school of distinction” by the state superintendent’s office six years in a row and the recipient of the Achievement Award for improvement in overall excellence and extended graduation rate for four years. The school was also a silver medal winner in 2009 and a bronze medal winner in US News & World Report‘s Best Schools of 2010. US World and News Report also acknowledged Liberty Bell as the 10th best school in the state in 2014.

Liberty Bell has a seasoned, caring staff who take time to get to know each student and how he/she learns best. With just 270 students in grades 7-12, we offer personalized learning at its best. More than 80 percent of our teachers have master’s degrees or above, while five teachers have National Board certification.

We offer a wide range of courses, including welding, Chinese, video productions, Spanish, child development, construction trades, AP English, AP History, Physics, Engineering, Anatomy and Physiology and more. About 80 percent of the Class of 2015 pursued post-secondary education. We strive to be a school where students think critically about the world and their place in it, while focusing on what they can do locally to make a difference.

We are now an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school for the Middle Years program for grades 7-10. IB promotes rigorous academic and social excellence through a global perspective. By encouraging students to work toward their greatest potential, we hope to develop life long learners who will contribute to society in meaningful ways, and to graduate internationally minded citizens who, by recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. To reach this goal, our staff will collaborate to develop engaging units of study with a strong emphasis on relevant, challenging issues to meet the needs of all our students.

Liberty Bell and the Independent Learning Center are accredited through the Washington State Association of Educational Service Districts. The accreditation process entailed a collection of evidence that supports the Methow Valley School District Strategic Vision. As part of the accreditation process, Liberty Bell and the staff at the Independent Learning Center identified two areas of focus that include the development of “A System of Exceptional Teaching and Learning” and “Innovation and Flexibility” throughout our system. In May of 2015, an outside team visited our school followed by Principal DeKalb presenting our goals to the state board of education in late May. We are accredited through the year 2021 with a review after three years.