Liberton Christian School is a non-denominational state-integrated Christian School located in Pine Hill, Dunedin. It was founded in 1982 by the Dunedin Christian Schools Association (proprietor) with the intention of providing a comprehensive, biblically centred, full-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 to the point where, by 1988, there were three teachers and pressure on the original 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 (created within the hall) in anticipation of a full roll and to ensure the year seven and eight students could receive specialised teaching and learning opportunities. 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 steady roll growth, the Board of Trustees committed to funding a fifth classroom. This continued into 2016 and 2017 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 proprietor purchased an adjacent property in 2018 with the intention of developing it into two new junior classrooms. Work commenced on this project in September 2020 and we look forward to having more space and facilities for our school community in 2021.
Over the thirty eight 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. The Christian character of the school remains faithful to the vision set down by the founders of the Dunedin Christian Schools Association.