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Academic-Support Team

The Liberty Common School Academic-Support Team, in collaboration with parents and teachers, provide targeted academic support and intervention to ensure all Liberty Common students have access to the contextual body of organized knowledge, the values of a democratic society, and the skills of learning taught at Liberty Common School.

Foundational Beliefs:

  • All students can learn and achieve at high levels.
  • Students’ needs should be met in the general-education setting to the greatest extent practicable.
  • Parents have vast knowledge about their children and should be involved in all aspects of their child's education.
  • Students should be assisted when concerns arise, before problems grow.
  • The effectiveness of any educational strategy must be monitored and evaluated frequently.
  • All students are best served when the school properly implements a multi-tiered system of support.

Our Team

Janice Garland

Janice Garland

Liberty Common High School
Academic-Support-Team Coordinator
Matthew Kazy

Matthew Kazy

Plato Campus
Academic-Support-Team Coordinator
Katie Snyder

Katie Snyder

Aristotle Campus
Academic-Support-Team Coordinator


An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is based on eligibility requirements established by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A disability must significantly and adversely affect a child’s ability to demonstrate academic achievement.

To qualify for an IEP, the student is assessed by a team of professionals, an evaluation is conducted, and a report is then created.  A meeting is held to discuss the results of the evaluation and determine eligibility. If you believe your student requires special education services in order to receive a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE), please contact your school’s Academic-Support-Team Coordinator to initiate the eligibility process. Please be prepared to share how your child’s education is being impacted by their disability. 

You can learn more about the special education process on the Colorado Department of Education’s website.

Colorado Department of Education

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Section 504

Section 504 is under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is a federal anti-discrimination law that protects eligible students with disabilities. A student may be identified with a disability under Section 504 if the student has a significant physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities including, but not limited to, learning and functioning in all settings. 

Please contact the Academic-Support-Team Coordinator at your campus to discuss your student’s academic needs.

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English Language Development (ELD)

All English Language Development (ELD) programs provide every English language learner with equal and meaningful access to all educational opportunities. English Language Development (ELD) is a legal document for children for whom English is their second language. Students are screened to determine if they meet the qualifications to receive additional support to help them access their general-education environment and provide them with formal English language instruction. 

Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) 12.00

In accordance with Section 301-8 of the Code of Colorado Regulations, and the 2016 Rules for the Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA), Liberty Common School (LCS) employs this Policy to identify and properly serve its students eligible for ECEA 12.00 services.

LCS rejects the anti-intellectual traditions that have become so prevalent in American schools, and instead advocates the systemic acquisition of broad knowledge, superior language and active, engaged minds consistent with the idea of “intellectual capital” described by Core Knowledge Foundation founder E.D. Hirsch, Jr. Adhering to this educational philosophy, LCS offers advanced academic opportunities, instructional rigor, and honors-level curriculum to all students.

Due to the uniqueness of LCS’s educational program, and its larger percentage of potentially ECEA 12.00-eligible students, LCS has adapted the prescriptions of C.C.R. 301-8 so that both the educational needs of ECEA 12.00-eligible students are met, and the regulation is honored. The adoption and provisions of this Policy are in keeping with this commitment.

Read More in the Student/Parent Handbook



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