Liberton Christian School is a non-denominational state-integrated decile 7 Christian School located in Pine Hill, Dunedin. It was founded in 1982 with the intention of providing a comprehensive, biblically centred, primary level education (Years 1-8) for Dunedin’s wider Christian community.
Starting as a private school with a roll of twenty students and one teacher in 1982, the school roll grew quickly to the point where, by 1988, there were three teachers and pressure on the existing two classroom facilities. In 1989 a third classroom was added to the school. By 1993, the School roll had almost reached seventy students.
In October 1999, the school became state-integrated and the roll gradually climbed from thirty six students (the level to which it dropped in 1998 and 1999) to the maximum of sixty two allowed under the integration agreement. In 2009, the school received an increase in the maximum roll cap which allowed growth to seventy five students.
In 2010 the Board of Trustees committed to funding a fourth classroom in anticipation of a full roll and to ensure the year seven and eight students could receive specialised and exclusive teaching and learning opportunities appropriate to their level. A teaching space was created within the hall. The benefits were seen across the school through smaller class sizes and increased opportunities for all students.
Building of a fourth permanent classroom and larger library was completed in April 2013. In December 2013 a maximum roll increase application was granted which allowed roll growth to ninety students.
In 2015, due to a bulging roll in the middle school, the Board of Trustees committed to funding a fifth classroom to ensure good student teacher ratios at this level. This continued into 2016 as the board, together with the proprietor, looked toward the necessary development to make this permanent. At the end of 2016 a new maximum roll increase application was granted by the Ministry of Education to allow the roll to grow to 100 students in 2017 and 110 students in 2018.
The School community believes that the optimum size for the current school property is five classrooms with a maximum roll cap of 110 students. Growth to this size has been at the heart of the Board’s strategic plan for the development and use of school facilities over the last six years. We are well on the way to achieving this goal.
Over the thirty five years of its existence, the school has developed a positive record in terms of its Christian character and the overall quality of the education that it delivers to its students, particularly with the emphasis that it has always placed on literacy and numeracy. The Christian character of the school remains faithful to the vision set down by the founders of the Dunedin Christian Schools Association.