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Avondale, AZ
Students enrolled: 790
Before care: No
After care: No

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12320 W Van Buren St
Avondale, AZ 85323

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(623) 344-0330
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Amount of homework: Not enough
August 27, 2015
Not enough of the correct type of homework. The teachers lecture and the parents do the actual teaching.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
August 27, 2015
Of course without grit how could these kids survive the mental demands and severe culture shock.

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August 27, 2015
The whole thing is a farce! They bring your kid into an overcrowded classroom with a student to teacher ratio of 30/1. The teachers act like they are college professors standing on their soapboxes and lecturing to the kids, yes even the little kids. Then they demand behavioral perfection and have zero tolerance of any child-like behavior. It starts with taking away recess time and progresses to expulsion. The child is expected to sink or swim in the overly aggressive curriculum and all the while the school is hoping and planning for your child to fail. Why you ask? Because it is in their corporate charter to secure a certain percentage of government funding for the tutoring of all the failing students under the Title 1/No child left behind act. Yes just attend the schools curriculum night and they will tell you all about how the school teaches specifically to the top of the class but don't fret.. good old title 1 is waiting in the wings to prop up your failing children! In short the only thing this school has to offer is the safety from the gang banger mentality among the students. In this school you don't have to fear your child being picked on by the other kids, no they are too concerned with being targeted by the teachers and the principal...

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
August 27, 2015
Yes, it's respect the staff or pay the consequences. The kids dare not be respectful.

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Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
August 27, 2015
Plain and simple, it's all a numbers game. They could care less if your kid is failing. They take NO responsibility for the child's failure but are quick to accept all the credit when they succeed.

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Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
August 27, 2015
Absolutely not! The words encourage, nurture, and develop do not appear anywhere in their documentation, not anywhere. This school is very rigid with zero personal interaction beyond lecture and punishment. They have NO compassion for the kids, in fact they will call the parents in and give you a warning if your child expresses any strong emotions in school.

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Develops honesty: Neutral
August 27, 2015
Honesty and integrity is a 2 way street. How can you demand honesty when you are not being honest with the families and students. The kids see the teachers in the same light as an adult would see any authoritative figure in a military or a prison setting. Essentially they are powerless to be an individuals and must conform or pay the severe consequences.

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July 02, 2015
This school wouldn't even do what I asked. I asked for a 504 plan for my child's medical condition. I asked for evaluation. I put this in writing. THEY NEVER DID IT. Federal law states they were suppose to. Instead they told me my child was a failure and asked me to find him a new school. So I did...and I took both of my kids out. A few months later my son was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, ADD and ODD...after he attempted to commit suicide for feeling like he was a failure because he was asked to leave this school. I found out after the fact that I could have made a complaint to the school board because they never followed thru with the requests I made for getting him help. I never said anything to anyone about how they didn't even try to help him. The only reason they told me they wanted him to leave is because he didn't do homework, but he could pass any of their tests with A's and they didn't understand how he could do that. If your child will follow all the rules and do their homework you should be fine. but if you have a child that struggles in school you can bet they will be asked to leave before long.

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March 17, 2015
The curriculum is good. I love Saxon and Spalding. I love the school uniform idea too, but I wish they would not allow jeans. Jeans are too different in styles and colors and I see kids wear "skinny" jeans or jeans with holes and start bully other kids in uniform pants that they are not stylish.

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January 08, 2015
Reading the prior reviews....this school has tutoring coming out of every direction. They go above and beyond to provide the resources to help your child succeed. It does require that as a parent you stay on top of assignments, due dates etc. My daughter has attended this school from day one and she loves it. They offer so much to parents and students. Just my two cents. They are disciplined and expect their students to be courteous and mindful of others and apply themselves 100%. I personally don't see anything wrong with that. Just my two cents....

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January 07, 2015
Legacy is a great school for those who are obedient, motivated, self reliant and who need NO extra attention from their teacher. This is supposed to be public school open for all children but they reserve the right to ignore and eventually push children out due to academic and behavioral issues if they don't fit the schools vigorous methods. This is a charter school that doesn't cater to creativity, disabilities or anyone outside of their highly structured, eyes forward, bubbles in mouth box. Be cautious of this school. The wrapping is pretty and the staff presents it well.

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August 28, 2014
I love Legacy and their curriculum. Yes it is challenging but if you want the best for your kids you will want them in this school. I have 2 daughters currently enrolled and I couldn't be happier listening from them how much they enjoy their teachers and the school. Be prepared to spend quality time with your kids doing homework. I would never consider a public school as an option for my girls. Thanks to all the wonderful staff.

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August 17, 2014
My daughter just started LTS in 2014-2015 3HR. AM Kindergarten and has Mrs.Newton she is an amazing teacher and has really gone above and beyond her duties. Ms. Smith ( principle ) is great very sweet and always in a happy mood when I see her! The school does so many things that I was exposed to as a child (pledge, citizenship, honor, responsibility, most importantly respect! ) the time I've had on campus all the teachers & staff are so sweet & kind, it's a very nice comfort knowing my kids in good hands no matter where she is on campus. .... Also another great thing is the parent involvement is just wonderful, giving the parents the opportunity to be in class and help out as much as needed is just great..!! the schools in my area (Littleton district) do NOT even teach & don't ask questions they are rude..(was there during summer ). So when my child had the opportunity to attend this amazing school, I did anything to make that happen! AND YOU SHOW TOO! IF YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT YOUR CHILDS EDUCATION YOU WILL WANT THE HERE!! My family & i Couldn't be more pleased with the staff & school!

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August 14, 2014
LTS Avondale is a wonderful school if you want your children to stay busy and challenged. Ms. G, Mrs. Atkins, Mrs. Klue, and Ms. Blake are all dedicated, loving, wonderful teachers. Mrs. Smith is an excellent principle who cares deaply for her school. The staff in the front office are always eager to help and talk with you. I am sad to transfer my children to a different school but the high standards were proven to be too much for my family. Like I said, I would recommend this school to any family that is looking for a school with high standards and has the time to dedicate towards the rigorous school work.

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August 09, 2014
I would NEVER recommend Legacy Traditional to anyone. Staff,teacher and all are un-professional and un-ethical .I have never been so humilated by anyone.They do not have any acadamic problem with my son they said he is not a right fit for our (so called) structured environment.He needs slight behavior support but they denied to help and push us to make a decision .From day first they complained and sending my child without inform me to the resource room for no limit of time.My humble request to parents please make sure that your child is save.

- submitted by a parent

July 08, 2014
There are no words to express how grateful I am to have found this school! LTS in Avondale has gone beyond meeting mine and my husbands expectations. Our kids have been attending this school since it first opened its doors three years ago, and I have never questioned my decision when it came to choosing a school for my children. It is very challenging and you definitely have to be an involved parent in order for your child to be successful. With that being said, I would recommend this school to any parent whos child needs a little extra challenging and is not afraid to except the challenge.

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February 17, 2014
This is an accelerated school and my son did great in the beginning, but has recently had difficulty keeping up. That being said, the school has been wonderful in helping him. They have offered tutoring (we accepted) and made accommodations giving him more time to take tests and homework even though they didn't have to so that he would no longer be frustrated. I also began working with him at home taking time to sit with him while he does his homework (which is time consuming as a full-time working mom, but worth it). His grades are now improving and his teacher and I are both certain that his improvement will continue. I feel like this school is making him better prepared for life beyond K-8. At his old school, the work was a lot easier and I was afraid that would leave him behind when it came to high school and beyond. Plus, this school expects me (the parent) to be a partner in his education, which I love. They give me ways to stay informed and to volunteer. I also love the focus on being good citizens and treating others fairly. He was having problems with another student and the teacher and Vice Principal helped to resolve the situation very quickly.

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January 20, 2014
This is good school if you want your child to be totally overwhelmed and struggle to ever keep up. Challenging is good, but it goes beyond that! It is very apparent that the teachers themselves can;t even keep up! It is about the numbers....and if your child struggles, they are told if they can't keep up...then they are in the wrong school. Wow great way to help them!!

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January 12, 2014
I love this school, it the best in the west.. The staff at Legacy Traditional School is Great...

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October 20, 2013
Legacy Traditional is a school that challenges students on a daily basis. They have an accelerated program and it requires the child to be motivated to learn. I have 6th and 8th grade students and the work is challenging for them. But I am definitely an involved parent and try to support their work on a daily basis. Yes, it's difficult to get dinner on the table and help with homework but the goal is a solid foundation in the basics. On the basis that college has become a privilege instead of a right, this school gives my children the best foundation to move onto high school and beyond.

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October 01, 2013
I would NEVER recommend Legacy Traditional to anyone. They are all about their numbers and if your child's academics isn't to what they feel is at their level they will push them out of there. I have never been so humilated by anyone. They compared my child's work to another child's work, very un-ethical and un-professional. They will try and sell you on the smaller classes so you child will have more one on one with the teacher, so not true. If they want kids to be at a first grade level when coming into kindergarten they should test the kids before having them start their school, instead of having a child hate school because of the insane stuff they want these 5 year olds to learn.

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August 06, 2013
My daughter was in 4th grade with Mrs. Atkins last year and my son was in kindergarten with MRs. Newton. They are great, knowledgeable, awesome, very nice teachers. I love both of them. My kids were fresh from the Philippines last year and I thought they would have a hard time adjusting. I owe a lot to both these teachers because they have been very supportive of my kids and they have guided them to become excellent students in their respective grades. Both of them were constantly in the honor roll/principals pride and they couldn't have done it without supportive teachers and the help of the parents as well. There is constant communication with the teachers via email and online with the parent portal and you are informed of your kids status in school all the time. I love all the opportunities given to the kids to learn. The only thing I was not so much excited about are the tons of homework daily except friday and book report and poem recitations every grading period . However, the postiive side to that is that my kids were exposed to a lot of math problems and a lot of reading and I appreciate that part. I have most definitely recommended this school to a lot of my friends. :)

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July 15, 2013
I had a 2nd grader for the 2012-2013 school year at Legacy. I LOVE this school. When me daughter was in the 1st grade she attended public school in the Glendale School District. She got into a lot of trouble because the curriculum wasn't challenging enough for her, she was to advance. I had no problems with her behavioral last year. Legacy gave her a challenge in every subject. She even said out of her mouth that she had no time at Legacy to be bored. Her teacher was the GREATEST. To me it seem the teachers care alot more about their students. The students are taught math and reading a level above their current grade. I really don't know what else to say but my daughter will attend Legacy for the 2013-2014 school year. I'm very happy I decided to enroll my child in this school.

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May 28, 2013
I had a 2nd and 4th grader at Legacy this year. My husband and I absolutely love the level of rigor and attention that our girls received. Their teachers were warm, loving and extremely professional. I received several emails each week with classroom updates and opportunities to get involved on campus. Since we started bringing the girls here, nearly all of my closest friends have enrolled their children because they saw how happy we are. Thanks Legacy!!

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January 30, 2013
My kids started 5 and 7 grade last year at this school. It was much more challenging than public school, but both are accelling very well. They are now in 5 and 8 grades, and the 8 grader was accepted to University High. We know he will be fully prepared. My only complaint is that our 5 year old was supposed to go there for kindergaten, and after submitting the enrollment papers, we suddenly received an email that we had to find another school because they cancelled early kinder testing. It left us scrambling to find him another school, with the nearest being 8 miles away. He will attend 1 grade next year here, so I hope he transitions smoothly. Other than that, the school is very good.

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January 11, 2013
This is our first year at this school, and I can't compare to any other as my daughter is only in Kindergarten. Since starting school at Legacy, my once quiet, shy, and soft spoken child has grown to be outgoing, and loud. She's learned so much this year, and loves how fast the curriculum is. Everyday she comes home happy. Her teacher is beyond wonderful and whenever I have a question, I can shoot her an email and get a reply by the end of the day. The school requires each family to volunteer 12 hours a year, which is not unreasonable at all. I love the staff here, and the overall atmosphere. Would recommend this school to anyone.

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Legacy Traditional School-Avondale
12320 W Van Buren St, Avondale, AZ  85323
(623) 344-0330
Last modified Legacy Traditional School-Avondale is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Legacy Traditional School-Avondale Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top