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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Liber?
Latin for tree bark; it was used to make papyrus (paper) onto which one would write contracts; those who could read, write, and engage in contract were known as the "liber" or the "free people"; root word of library, liberty, liberal arts.

What does it mean to become LIBER?
It means to gain the education necessary in order to become and remain free. It is understanding the structure and anatomy of freedom in order to recognize, promote and defend freedom. It is a liberal arts education that comes from a broad and deep study of "the classics in history, law, government, and the arts. This kind of education consists of not only knowledge and information, but wisdom, understanding, character, competence and vision." (A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion, Oliver DeMille, p. 149)

What is the Vision and Mission of Arlington Liber Academy?
To build liber communities of families endeavoring to
  • promote freedom,
  • continue in lifelong learning,
  • stand for truth,
  • fulfill personal missions and
  • impact the world for good.
Education for Freedom--To provide an educational environment that
  • promotes freedom and choice,
  • fosters a love of learning,
  • offers opportunities for positive peer interactions and friendships,
  • recognizes learning happens in phases,
  • individualizes education,
  • invites students to take responsibility and ownership for their education,
  • develops virtuous Statesmen and Leaders who
  • understand the nature and anatomy of freedom and
  • acquire knowledge, skills, abilities and vision to fulfill their unique missions.
What is a New Commonwealth School?
A New Commonwealth School is a Community-Created school that provides weekly, supplemental classes with a liberal arts focus where students are mentored by their peers and parents and have stewardship over what they learn through mentored projects (mentors are second witnesses to what the parents are teaching). It is an agency-based educational environment where students are invited to own their education and choose to learn rather than feel forced or compelled to do so.

New Commonwealth Schools also create an environment in which families of like culture can study the classics and become great citizen-leaders by gaining a greater vision of their country and themselves. A commonwealth signifies "the common good or happiness; thus it is a form to secure the public good.[1]" While usually associated with governments of countries, "commonwealth" can be applied to many other aspects of society. It takes the "co-op" group to the next level: to a community that self-governs, that exists beyond the creators whose children are now raised and gone, and can stand the test of time.

There are currently over 30 well established New Commonwealth Schools in the United States with more than 30 in different phases of the journey to becoming a New Commonwealth School.

When and Where does Arlington Liber Academy Meet?
ALA meets at:
First Christian Church Arlington
910 S. Collins
Arlington, TX 76010

For the 2019-2020 school year, classes are on Thursdays from September 7 to May 3. Junior School takes place on from 9:45-12:00, and Scholar School takes place from 8:45-3:00.

For further details on dates and times, please see our calendar.

What are Arlington Liber Academy's tuition and fees?
ALA's tuition and fees for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows per semester:

Family Building Fee: $90 per family per semester (non-refundable)

Class Tuition Supply Fee (non-refundable)
Core Classes (ages 2-8) $20 $10
Love of Learning (ages 9-12) $30 $15
Love of Learning Book Club n/a $20
Morning Scholar Class $50 $20
Club n/a varies
Afternoon Scholar Class $50 $20 (for most classes)

How can I get more information?
Send us an email at ArlingtonLiberInfo@gmail.com