"We are best known for back-to-basics curriculum."
Students enrolled 1058
School leader Kimberly R. Allison

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17760 N. Regent Dr.
Maricopa, AZ 85138

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3 stars
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October 23, 2014
I am a seventh grade Junior High student of Legacy Maricopa. It is an overrall good school, the curriculum is fine, it's just a bit too advanced. My biggest concern are the Principal and VP. I have been at legacy since third grade. The good teachers all left, and the new ones don't care about the students at all. Bullying is another huge problem- I wasn't exactly in the popular crowd. And it wasn't just me, it was other students that were being bullied too. Some of the teachers won't do anything. And the so-called "popular" kids are just plain bullies, who take advantage of other students. It's not okay. Also, my gpa is 2.7. The teachers only teach right out of the book, with no real explanations. So if your kid is advanced, sure! This will be a perfect school! But if not, they'll most likely fail. And they only care about money. It's all about how many students and how much money they can make.

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2014
I'll keep this short. I agree with a lot of the other negative reviewers about many things. My main issue with this school is that they are very militant about things. They are more concerned with making a point than they are about the actual students. I don't feel they care about the children and I'm looking for other options now for my child.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
Some of the complaints are about high staff turnover. I was recently hired for the Gilbert campus and have been given the runaround by the district office. I applied for 2 positions, but I was hired for a third. They changed the hours for the job to a time when I am not available. Calls to human resources are not returned. It has been very difficult to get accurate information from anybody, and this is before the school year has even started. The administrators have been very unhelpful, so I am not surprised that staff members are leaving. I hope that we can resolve these issues, but I have been told that they are "trying to decide what to do with me." I have been an educator for almost 30 years, and I have never encountered the issues that I am experiencing with this school.

- submitted by a teacher
February 27, 2014
When they built the GILBERT Campus adding the Mozart and Athlos tracks we decided to give it a chance. When it comes to the classroom environment, its less traditional and more military. Kids get marked off if their feet aren't under their desk, hands folding quietly on top and complete silence is expected unless you are being asked a direct question. Teachers read straight from the books and do not differ or they get fired. Real life examples are not added, multimedia is not used ONLY the text book is used. Discussion is not encourage. The questions asked about the material are the questions on the test, nothing that makes the kids THINK why something in history may have happened or why people may have felt a certain way. Legacy doesn't build leaders, they turn the kids into followers afraid to voice an original thought out of fear of repercussions from authority. I attended a 'Student Led' conference today. My child and their classmates were told what to say and to make things sound positive. This school is a complete fraud. 3 more months and we are out of there and we will work on the damage that has been done to their love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2014
If you want a school that asks for money for everything and demands volunteer time without appreciating your efforts, look no further. If you want your child to learn about acceptance and tolerance wrong school. If you want your child to learn that respect goes in one direction only, and by that respect those in power, this is the perfect school. If you want to see fake smiles, then spend time with the front office staff, principal, vice-p, and secretary.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2014
The Gilbert Campus is very nice and new but don't let that be your reason to go to this school. Do your research and know what you are getting yourself (and your kids) into before enrolling your kids. If your children excel in math or other, they will have a hard time finding proper placement at this school for your child due to class time scheduling conflicts etc. We put our children in a different school where they can learn and excel and continue learning rather then review and repeat things they learned last year. Not a good experience.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2013
I have read the reviews of other parents, and I can sympathize with some of them. This is my son's second year at Legacy, and we love it this year! The prior year he had many friends, enjoyed the curriculum, liked all teachers except his homeroom teacher. She was very rigid - so much so that we tried working with her to resolve some behavior problems, couldn't and had to involve the administration. The administration was very supportive, especially the Vice-Principal. At the end of the day, I strongly believe that the teacher was very young, inexperienced in dealing with children with ADHD, and was very black and white with her teaching approach. I could see that one day she'd be a good teacher, but in the meantime, she was really tough to work with. However, the curriculum was challenging enough to keep my son's attention, so we asked him to try it one more year. This year he has a teacher he absolutely adores - his favorite teacher yet! He's been on the Honor Roll and Principal's Pride (straight As). I haven't see any problems with bullying or racism or preferential treatment. We are Christians, and my son has friends who are LDS. No one is treated differently.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2013
Horrible school!! Teachers are bullies. They allow one kid to do something while the other gets in trouble. They threaten them with point and take them away every chance they get. The new Vice Principal is not ready for the position, she is on a crazy power trip and acts like she has no time for you. You never hear from anyone from the school unless your kid gets in trouble and its already to late. Being proactive is something they have obviously have no clue on. They are more concerned with how long a boys hair is and if his shirt is tucked in then helping them learn. They are more concerned with how they test then the child they are teaching. They teach them no real world experience and don't seem to care about the kids in general. Like said the teachers are bullies. I can't wait until this school year is over so I never have to deal with this school again. It's horrible, don't ever enroll your kids at this school you will regret it.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
I have recently removed my daughter from this campus where she has been since Kindergarten. I have been pleased with the academics and she has been on the Principal Pride list since Kinder. My wife volunteered 100+ hours each year and we were very devoted to that school. However, this year, came with personnel changes to the front office and one particular woman, the principal s secretary, had an issue with my wife, which after 3 different occasions, we interpreted as racism. During the exit interview, which we were told was to help them keep students from leaving, we were not asked to sit down by the Vice Principal, and we stood for the entire 30 minute meeting. Unprofessional, rude, and unacceptable. We are of Asian descent and moved here from California and have never experienced this type of treatment before. It is quite sad that some people have not progressed past the issue and still think that outward appearance is a reason to treat others differently. For closure, we contacted the HR dept and superintendent, in hopes that someone will care enough about the image of Legacy, so that others are not treated as we were.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
I agree with the reviewer regarding the handwriting. I think it is not helpful to tell your child they need to work on handwriting so early on when they are just learning to hold a pencil and write. I was told that my child (in Kindergarten) after the first progress report that she needed to work on her handwriting - it is a bit much. I tried to like this place too - because it's better than your average public, but it has seemed very dry to me. My daughter didn't have any type of art classes or real - in depth science classes for Kindergarten and 1st grade - it didn't satisfy her yearning to learn it. This school serves its basic function to do well on standardized testing - their main goal - with giving up on gaining knowledge, seeing and experiencing learning - (I've seen their books, materials what they produce, it's just not there) . It seems to be rushed with everything and overcrowded. Unless something extremely bad or good happens to the kid at school, the administrators probably don't know the kids by names or about their families - there's just too many kids. I think the key in this school is to hopefully get a teacher who is enthusiastic.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
I like the curriculum they cover and the majority of the take home tasks are pretty good. I want to like the pace, but this will differ for each kid. It could stymie their love of learning because it can be overwhelming for some. The atmosphere is safe, but stale. I'd love to see some numbers on how students do with independent study and creativity after leaving Legacy. I feel the atmosphere is more directed toward doing A, B, C rather than learning. Can't blame them though... I could imagine with so many students it is nearly impossible to teach without an excess of structure. Bottom line... this is my impression. Keep in mind variance from the teacher your child gets and the personality of your child makes up a considerable portion of overall variance, and this is just on average: If you want a responsible and well behaved child with a firm competency in completing academic objectives, then this is the school for you. If you want an independent child that has a passion for learning, creating, and challenging status quo, then this is not the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2013
Clearly some of these good reviews have been written with bias. If this school has a student struggling with handwriting in the first grade...first grade...then the school feels it's charter is being threatened.They claim to teach Spalding handwriting but they expect 5 and 6 year olds to already have perfect handwriting.the staff here does not have the patience to actually teach anything which is reflected in their attitude when they tell a 6year old they are not good enough to be at legacy. these people have set the charter bar to high and will bully your student, crushing their self esteem until you just pull your student out...if they do not already know how to do what they claim to "teach" To ensure their funding For their charter. Be prepared to teach your child yourself legacy is nothing more than daycare with a syllabus

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
My 3 children have attended Legacy Traditional - Maricopa for 2 years now and we love it!!! We were very disappointed in the public school curriculum when we first moved here. Luckily, we learned about Legacy, and since we switched schools, our kids have truly been getting the education they deserve. I have no doubt that my 3 Honor Roll student children will be successful through high school, college & into adulthood because they are attending a challenging school which requires hard work & focus. Legacy Traditional is the ONLY school I would recommend to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
My son has attended 7th and 8th grade there and the six years prior to Legacy he was Honor Roll in the Gilbert school district every year. He hasn't made honor roll since being at Legacy. This school academic pace is extremely fast paced and if your child didn't get it he is left behind. Poor communications from the teachers. The 2012-2013 school year was very bad and my son struggled with very little assistance from the school. Tutoring classes were ineffective for the most part. The school leadership this year was poor. Even some teachers I spoke with had issues with changes put in place this year and teacher morale seemed down. Communications from the school was poor. Many of the teachers were always behind updating the homework and grades website so hard for parents to monitor their childs progress closely. Bottom line I felt my child got a better education in public school then a charter school. I wouldn't recommend Legacy if anybody asked me. I emailed the Superintendant for Legacy awhile back and never did get a response. Bottom line I should have left my child in Maricopa Wells where he was honor roll there before going to Legacy Maricopa where he is below 2.0 GPA.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2013
We had our first child in this school the first year it opened in Maricopa. It was great, up until last year. They had always employed exceptional leaders until last year. As alot of our favorite teachers were leaving we also noticed a change in structure. Kids were being labeled depending on who they were. If your parents worked at volunteered at the school you were untouchable. Sounds crazy but true. They expect every child to be perfect and act as adults, not the children they are. The gossip about children between employees is terrible, and the VP this year is very unprofessional and has a poorly shown temper. We had never experienced such trama for not only children but us as parents. One of our children was beat on, pushed down, forced to attend school sick and we finally decided to take action. We will be lodging formal complaints, and our kids will never attend a school associated with Legacy due to a few poor examples that should not be working with children. There are a few great teachers left there, but a few used to be all. The school is not what it used to be, and that is sad so many are leaving but for good reasons. Poor leadership after Dr. Croet left.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2013
There is way to much home work and the aspect of poems is a waste of time. Not one of my kids could remember any of the poems they had to memorize. The Science Fair is out of control. This has to be done at home on top of poems, and homework. The time line is incorrect and due dates are to close to each other. I find that most kids are doing it because they have to not because they want to. This project takes up a ton of time, we spend Monday - Thursday doing homework and those projects and not enough time with our kids. I don't feel sports at this school is teaching our kids for the real world either. They have made competitive sports boring and not competitive in any manner. They will not be able to play in High School the same way. The teachers do not communicate with you when they should, and don't answer important questions. But the staff will jump as soon as they feel your child is not conforming to their rules. I also found a lot of the rules and they way they run the school comes from the Mormon church. I don't have a problem with the church but I do have a problem with them incorporating it into the school without letting parents know. The new asst. principal needs work.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2012
I am shocked at the negative reviews here. This school is amazing and the teachers and administration are supportive, skilled educators who push children to learn as much as they can. The school is a school of choice, so I would say that if you do not support high academic expectations and the need for a great deal of parental involvement, this school is probably not for you...but don't complain about it. Legacy makes no secret of the fact that expectations for both academics and behavior, are high. It's shouldn't be a surprise for anyone who has actually researched the school. As far as kids who are not LDS not being treated well...this is an outrageous statement. My family is not LDS and we have never felt anything but welcomed and important. I'd encourage anyone to go take a look at the school and judge for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2012
I was a Student at this legacy for a few months I had to leave for personal reasons at home nothing involving the school. I would like to put in and say that these reviews are false I was in 8th grade at this school and the teachers were all cool and laid back compared to the ones here at the Avondale campus. The ones in Maricopa get the job done but are not rude not disrespectful. The students do not bully anybody of course you have those few students who are tease but if yo are really offended tell the principal or vice principal cause they are serious on bullying. My sister went to Legacy as well for Kinder and this little boy bothered her she told her lovely teacher and he got in trouble as fast as anything. I have learned the most at this school and also had the most homework then any other school i have ever been to I loved the way they taught me and the amount of homework i really liked only because i actually felt like i was learning all the teachers and staff are nice they are only mean when you are being bad but they usually just scold you but it depends on what you do. I thank you legacy for giving me the best months i have ever had so far at any school in AZ so far :)

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2012
We need to understand education is something that depends on 3 factors the student,the school and the environment at home. When any of these fail we are in trouble. i consider the student to be the most important factor . I have seen children succeed in the worst of circumstances because they want to be successful while others whith everything on hand to succed have failed because of their lack of interest. I dont think killing your child with homework is a better way of learning. we need to remember academic inteligence is not the only kind of inteligence a parent should help to develop. To be succesfull in a working enviroment we need much more than academics. Let the children be children . Let them develop much more than a head full of academic and a idea that he/she is better than others because of that.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2012
HORRIBLE! Not only do students bully one another and are allowed to do so, but teachers are allowed to bully the students as well! Admin. does not follow through with any of their promises and when parents try to step in to protect their children they are told that there are "other" choices. If you don't like us then go somewhere else"! The teachers are wonderful, but the admin. is rude, crude and they do not seem to care at all for the children, only NUMBERS of students! Not sure we are going to keep out kids here... I do like the circ. but DISPISE the admin. and their total lack of caring. How can a principle and vice-principle allow teacherS to say mean, rude and degrating comments to the students and in front of the other students without conciquences while the students are held accountable for EVERY statement they make. It is a MEAN school... Don't send you kids here unless you are LDS and then maybe they will be nice! ;)

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2012
They lie and say they have special services. They do not.My child was kindly kicked out due to the lack of SPECED staff. They will not budge on workloads either. I really like some of the teachers though. Yes, bullying is a problem too. I will not suggest this school after this year.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2012
I love this school. My daughter has gone to kindergarten and first grade at the queen creek campus. I have liked all of the teachers that they have there. There is excellent communication with parents we recieved two detailed newsletters every week. One for the overall school events and one for each grade that details exactly what they are learning, what supplies the teachers are in need of if you want to donate. The newsletter for the whole school would even have a section that let you know what kind of sickness that they were seeing going around, such as the flu, colds etc. All of the teachers seem to be top notch and all the kids seem to be happy. So I think that state of the kids says more then anything. My daughter has turned much more responsible at home because of them teaching kids to be responsible, and independant at school. Also the school lunched are mostly made from scratch and offer lots of fruits and vegetables and she has loved that. They also have a dress down day usually about once a month where the kids can wear non uniform clothes, and pay one dollar which I think is a great fundraiser for the school and the kids gets really excited about.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2012
With 3 boys attending school we thought legacy would be a good fit for our children after another teacher told us how wonderful it was. However our experience with Legacy was horrible. Bullying seems to be the norm at the school and the principle turned a blind eye to it. No amount of parent envolvement and conferences stopped the weekly harrassment. This may be a charter school but they should have to follow the same rules as other schools, there should be an anti bullying policy in place. How are children ever going to feel safe in school if the adults won't even protect them from the other children.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2012
I can not verbalize my disappointment in this school after 2.5 years.... My son was an 'A' student when he began attending LTS. He excelled during his first year there. Then, was a change in leadership (new principal) and my son fell victim to several unfortunate events there. He was attacked and threatened on campus and nothing was done about that. in the end, he was singled out and punished without procedure. When we met with the principal, she was rude, disrespectful and threatening. By the time he moved him back to the Kyrene District in the Fall of 2010, he had been emotionally crushed, explaining to me that his LTS teachers favored the LDS students over him. He had begun feeling isolated... I don't regret the move. My son has excelled since. For the sake of the kids there, I really hope that Principal has been removed.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2012
So far this is a great school. Looks like they went through a lot of growing pains, but it is great now.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
This is an excellent school! I remember when the Maricopa campus was located in portables. It's come such a long way, but the quality has remained top-notch!

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
I ve been so impressed with Legacy! They use Spalding and Saxon math, the best curriculums. They have a beautiful campus. The teachers care about the students. There is a great feeling of citizenship there. There is an emphasis on patriotism and a love of America at Legacy. They challenge the students while still making school enjoyable. The hold the teachers accountable and do random walk throughs weekly to ensure quality of teaching. I ve been so happy with Legacy!

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2011
I don't know which campus some of the critical reviews have come from but I can tell you that Athlos, the Gilbert campus, has exceeded our expectations. We came from a private school and were very nervous about changing to a charter school. We needn't have worried - our kids love this school. They come home happy and engaged - not stressed and nervous. The teachers communicate weekly via email and have notified us promptly about any issues. The campus is beautiful and the gym and p.e. program are state of the art. Other schools should take note and learn from this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2011
My 2 children just finished their first week at Legacy. Every day when I pick them up they are jumping up and down, skipping and just plain happy. They are excited about their new teachers and curriculum. They are now getting the education that is going to push them into success. Unlike their last school, Saddleback Elementary, who just cared about getting the best AIMS score and getting state funding. I am extremely happy we made the change, and so are my children!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2011
I rated this school 2stars for several reasons. The administrators really do not seem to know what they are doing. In all of the schools they have opened-I don't think 1 of them has opened on time. They also have VERY poor communication with parents. The elementary cirriculium is very good and most of the teacher are with exceptions. But know if you do have a problem with a teacher, you are on your own. After several parents complained about a certain 4th grade teacher, nothing was done all year and the kids were treated poorly, nothinng was done--although that teacher was not rehired. The Jr. High kids are disiplined as thought they are in elementary--they promise things and then don't deliver. The after school tutoring-they basically give your kids the answers. It is better than the public school ONLY because its a good cirriculum-not becasue of the teachers or the staff and expect alot of homework and alot of busywork that you WILL be helping your kids with. Book reports and poems to memorize every 6wks and in the 4th grade starts BIG science projects every year.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2011
My children have attended Legacy Traditional School for 5 years now. Legacy is a "private school education" for free. Expectations for students and parent involvement are high...lots of homework every night. Expectations for teachers is high as well and teacher turn over is high...one down side of Legacy. Legacy does not tolerate bad behavior in the classroom, so if your child has a history of bad behavior, Legacy would probably not work for them. If you want your child to have the best education while living in Maricopa, then Legacy would be a good fit. Your child should plan to work hard.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2011
For the reviewer complaining that Legacy asks for money for everything, welcome to the world of budget cuts! ALL schools conduct more fundraisers and ask more of parents financially than in previous years. While no school is perfect, Legacy truly strives to be the best school in Maricopa (In my opinion, it is the best school in Maricopa.). It has great teachers and good leadership, and the curriculum is very challenging. Kids are rewarded for high academic achievement and for exhibiting good citizenship.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
this school has some serious problems. first the school loves to ask for money for EVERYTHING even for parties. most of the teachers don't do their duty to students,which often leaves kids very disappointed. i move my kids out to the school hoping for change, but now i am pulling them and putting them back in public school. :(

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2011
This school is OK. The principal goes through the classrooms at least once a week. The only concern really is that sometimes the kids will be sitting down for three hours straight without getting up and JUST doing school work. I think they should have breaks in between subjects but no they just lets say put away their math books and quickly take out their reading books. They have no breaks unless they have a "special" or lunch time

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
This school is an excellent school that prepares children for future educational endeavors. For those parents that insist that arts and crafts and play time is important for their child's success, this school is not for them. For those parents that want their children to have a great start on life and want their children prepared for college, there is no better place than Legacy.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2011
We have attended LTS for the past 3 years and overall have been very pleased with the teaching quality and curriculum. This year however we have been a little disapointed in the larger class sizes. The teachers are very dedicated but it does make a difference in the individual attention each child recieves.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2011
We are new to the area, and our daughters first went to Maricopa Wells Middle school... they lasted two days. We were so happy that we found Legacy, I like everything about it. If you care about your childrens education, this is the place.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2010
this school has the best area and way to teach my children and i love p.a.l.s

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2010
Legacy is a fantastic school. My kids have been attending Legacy for 2 years and the education is tops. Our experience with the teachers is nothing but positive. They care greatly about the students. I am so appreciative and grateful for the standards that are set for parents, staff, students, and teachers. You will not be disappointed at Legacy!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2010
My son and daughter have enjoyed the LTS education for 3 years - and are excelling at their grade levels. The staff and aids care and it shows in the learning process - definitely recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2010
I have 5 children at LTS, talk about keeping me busy!! And we love it!! The school has and keeps an 8 rating because of test scores, not reviews -- and those scores are consistently in the 80% and above. Those are hard facts... The school has a structured environment, but that is the 'traditional' part. It is the same school I grew up with in regards to manners, respect, importance on education, not entertainment. My 3rd grader put together a powerpoint presentation in a group effort in computer class.There goes the argument that kids don't collaborate in groups and there is no technology. It is a place of top notch education, musicals, foreign language, teachers that truly love to teach, sports programs, parent involvment. A place where my kids are expected to stretch, but then that just means they are able to reach for the stars!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 22, 2010
I have two children who attend Legacy. My oldest has been there since the beginning. The education is beyond compare. I cannot believe what my children are learning for their ages. It is excellent. They are so far ahead of the pack when it comes to other schools. Yes...Legacy has had some ups and downs and communication hasn't always been up to par but Dr. Croatt has been working on that since she entered the administration team. All the administration has been improving especially now that they are all on site. It was difficult having offices offsite for them. Legacy has a strict and disciplined classroom but the kids still have fun. I have seen over the last three years, there is a little more leeway with arts and crafts and classroom activies. There is a computer class now, musical, concerts, and a bunch of extracurricular activities. We love Legacy!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2010
We have been at Legacy Traditional School for three years. Yes, there were some ups & downs in the beginning, much like any new endeavor. My child learned that life brings difficulties, & we used this time in our family to learn flexibility, patience, & thinking the best of others. Great values for life! In this school semester, we have had none of the early issues. The staff is wonderful, very caring of the students & appreciative of all parent involvement. The teachers strive for excellence while keeping the classroom fun. I appreciate the focus on character development & discipline as a virtue. We are very pleased withLegacy Traditional School. Check it out for yourself. It may be just what your family is looking for:)

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
Love the new gorgeous campus, love the teachers for our 3 kids. Great values taught, no bullying allowed. Overall scores for this school compared to neighboring schools is fantastic! This is what initially sold us on Legacy. Don't take anyone's word for it, go in and check it our for YOURSELF. It has been an awesome experience for our family and we are so pleased with Legacy Traditional.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
We have attended Legacy for 3 years and we have 3 children enrolled. We have had an incredible experience. Our teachers have been awesome and they are always willing to communicate. Our kids are excited about learning, they have excellent study habits, and we could not be happier with the entire school. If interested, I suggest visiting the campus and class rooms. I have never been so pleased with a school for my kids. I feel the admin truly has the kids' best interest in mind.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
My children have attended Leagacy for 3 years now. I love it! The teachers there are caring, loving, and devoted to making each day the best day, both academically and emotionally for my kids. The new campus is beautiful and just another example of how dedicated Legacy is to making their students environment the most wonderful possible. They offer many after school programs that my kids love! From running club, tennis club, and now the school mucical, and so many more! They are challenging to my gifted children both in class and a once per week after school program. Legacy expects the very best from its student and the students have met those expectations! I am thrilled to have such a fabulous school in our community for my children to attend!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
I am a parent of students at this school, a former employee and a frequent volunteer and I LOVE this school! The education is top notch, the teachers and staff put the students first and the communication and amenities are great. We have been at Legacy all 3 years and they just keep getting better. It's true at first they had few extra curricular activities but now we have many sports and numerous clubs as well. It is a fallacy that Legacy is military strict with little to no fun, or hands on learning. LTS is quite the opposite. My children enjoy school and have fun while achieving their goals. It is true that they set high expectations but as you can tell from our test scores, our students rise to the occasion. Do yourself a favor and try it for yourself. You and your children won't be sorry.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
This school is fantastic. The teachers are highly qualified and actually care about the students. There is free tutoring for the academic areas if your child is struggling. I have 2 children enrolled. They love going to school each day. They love their teachers. The curriculum is accelerated and has a high standard of learning. Although it is not for all children since there are different ways of learning, it is suitable for mine. They have been there for 2 years and we are very pleased and thankful they are in Maricopa.

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January 31, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 12, 2009
I wonder how this school keeps the 8 as a rating. When I read through the reviews, there's mixed responses. My 3 children attended Legacy because I wanted to believe the promises that were continually made and never followed through. I pulled them out for many reasons but mostly because of the lack of leadership and qualities I wanted them to learn from the place they spend a great deal of time daily. And just for those who want to believe those in charge there, my children are gifted students, and well-mannered. But I was dissatisfied with the lack of challenge they received academically.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2009
My children have attended LTS since it began and I am so very thankful to have a traditional school where my kids are taught both core academics and the value of hard work. We live in a society that tells us our job as parents (and schools) is to entertain our children. What happened to hard work, discipline and high moral standards? As parents, we know that by sending our children to LTS we are giving them the gift of high achievement. When they enter the 'real world' they will be ready! They will not be surprised; instead they'll be prepared. They are learning now how to be diligent, self-controlled and managers of their time. In addition, children thrive on structure. The LTS staff works hard to create a safe environment for learning. Children generally achieve to the level the bar has been set- why not set it high!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 20, 2009
This is our third year with Legacy and we are so happy with the education that our children are receiving. Our 5th grader is even taking advantage of the free tutoring that is offered. The teachers are so kind and caring. Our children love going to school everyday. While I agree that Legacy is not the right choice for every family, it is the perfect choice for ours.

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no rating October 09, 2009
We are finally happy that our kids got into another good charter school in Maricopa after leaving Legacy. The children who didn't want to go to school, now are so excited to go. They were tired of the bullying in Legacy play grounds. Now they enjoy the recess time and play well even with older kids. No wonder why the new school has so many kids and teachers and office staff from Legacy.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
I had 2 children with LTS. I got tired of the total lack of unprofessional shown to myself, my children and the teachers. Those who are in charge have little to no knowledge of what learning looks like in this or even the last century. Students learn by doing not by sitting like robots at constant attention.

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August 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2009
I was a student of legacy junior high and my experience with them was great! Although there were some problems with the school being built on time, the overall experience was very different but excellent. My whole life my brother and i were in public schools, and the difference of public schools and LTS is that the teachers really helped each individual. My brother had a very difficult time learning how to read and write, and he was in the 7th grade. This was because all of the schools we had gone to before never really paid any attention to him. When we entered LTS my mother informed the teachers about this and helped him throughout the whole school year. As for myself i am a different story, i am an accelerated student. LTS made learning a challenge which is what i love! Next year i am returning to LTS for9thgrade!

- submitted by a student
July 27, 2009
The education is fine if you are looking for your students to sit in their desk the entire day and not have any hands on learning. It is also good for teaching students how to memorize and do lots of homework. I for one am searching out a school for the 21st century were students use computers and learn how to interact with students and learn to problem solve. This style of learning is very old fashioned to me. I am also sicked by how the owners treat staff and parents. It is all buisness to them. Even family and friends mean nothing to them.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2009
After working in public schools I decided that I would send my children to a charter school. We moved to Maricopa in the middle of my son's kindergarten year. He had been at a chartered/public school in Tempe and was excelling. I wanted to keep him in a school with the same curriculum with a focus on teaching the students how to read, write, and do arithmetic. He just completed kindergarten and is reading fluently and can do simple arithmetic. He had wonderful teachers and they communicated with me on a regular basis and if I had any questions they were more than happy to answer them. I think the administration could improve in some areas but I think they are doing a wonderful job for such a new school, and with time, I have faith that those areas will improve.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2009
Communication is key and this school has none. I was really hoping this was going to workout but they still have a lot to learn. A building will not make the communication issues go away. The new charter school Pathway prep. coming to Maricopa will give parents another choice.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2009
So glad this year is over!! If this school lived up to half the sale pitch Bill gave me, it would have been great. Two years in and the management of this school is horrendous. The only legacy this school has built is that of broken promises.

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June 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 16, 2009
I have been a parent of two Legacy students since it first opened. I heavily participated in the establishment of the school, both in & out of the classroom. I have been happy with the in-class education my kids have received. Unfortunately, this otherwise positive experience has been maligned with severe deficiencies within the administration. After the 1st year they promised a permanent site that would be delivered over the summer. The facility would allow for expanded extracurricular activities and increased enrollment. Consequently, they got full enrollment for the '08-'09 year. The only problem was that they learned mid summer that the new facility would not be able to be built as planned. Instead of notifying the parents, they waited until 2 wks AFTER the other schools started, then told us that we would have 1/2 day school due to lack of classrooms. for '09-'10, my kids will now go elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2009
I am pulling my child after this year because I believe the school is too conservative. I believe in structure and letting kids be kids. However, Legacy has built a school that wants to shelter the kids from the real world. I do not believe this school teaches acceptance to all people or race, gender, and personal beliefs.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2009
LTS has only been around for 2 yrs. Given that, of course there are several areas that need improvement, the main being a permanent building & campus. They should have a designated, experienced planning committee as well. However, we have been satisfied with the education our daughter has been receiving, the quality of friends/families we are meeting as well as the attentiveness of her teachers which we felt she would lack in a larger class at an ordinary public school. As a Christian, I do believe children need to be held to higher standards, respect, etc..however I think LDS comments need to be guarded because this is a State Charter School - NOT an LDS private church school. Values are values. Ethics are ethics. Also I do hope computers and foreign languages will be incorporated at some point however.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2009
As an LDS parent, I think it is great that there is finally a school that supports our core values and beliefs. I was getting so tired of the values other schools were teaching my children. I love that Mr. Gregory and Mr. Hale continue to make sure teachers are teaching to our values and getting rid of teachers whom do not fit their views. To me computers, the art programs, and sports programs are not as important as knowing my core beliefs are being supported at the school. This is why I will continue to go to the school, even if it means staying in the trailers.

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March 31, 2009
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no rating February 01, 2009
Legacy is a great school. I'm greatful for good teachers that care. Though, I did have to pull 2 of my kids out because of the unusual schedule for kinder, and another teacher who played favorites. My son wasn't one of hers, so she made it very difficult. I finally pulled both out. However, my other child is doing great there, and loves it. I wish this school the best, I'm glad they came to Maricopa, We Need More Good Schools here.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2009
I think Legacy Traditional Junior High School is a great school. I love how the classes are small, it makes it easier to make friends. The campus is also small making it really easy to find your classes. There also isn't 20 different teachers, there is only 7. LTJHS is a really great school and i would reccomend you enrolling your child there.

- submitted by a student
January 12, 2009
Although there have been some challenges this year involving the facilities, this is small potatoes when it comes to the impact a school has on a community. Legacy Traditional School has an incredible staff of people who truly care about children and their learning. They set high standards for the children, both academically and behaviorally, and they work to meet those standards on a daily basis. That is why their AIMS Scores are so high. But, what most people like the most about the school is that their children are learning in a safe and accelerated environment. Legacy Traditional is a place for parents who want to challenge their children.

- submitted by a community member
January 12, 2009
Not only are children challenged academically at this school, they also are expected to be respectful to all. This is a welcome change from many other schools. I know parents that say this is the only school their child has ever attended where they actually have to do homework and concentrate in class. The special education program is also terrific. They work to find ways to help children with disabilities. They also have a variety of sports available to students in grades 6-8, and even a gifted program is getting underway. This is a terrific school, and, Good News, I hear that they will be possibly opening another one in Casa Grande, next year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 11, 2009
This school promises more then they can give. I dont like how the students are eating lunch in the classrooms. Then having to drop off/pick up my kids at different times. Someone let me know what is going on and not keep transferring my calls..

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2009
This school is the most poorly run estblishment in Maricopa. I know the schools are nothing to write home about, but I cannot believe the kinds of things this administration is trying to do.

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December 08, 2008
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November 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 18, 2008
I am so glad we were blessed with such a school that is able to bring the people of our community together. People say that Bill has poor communication skills. He has been very open with his goals when we have spoken to him at our church. It so nice having someone who shares the same beliefs as us having complete control of a school. He has assured me that our child will be taken care of. We need to bond together to make sure that this school does not get closed down. I will support this school no matter what happens. Money should not be the downfall of this school. If that becomes the case, we should all look into donating. Many families have relocated their families in support of this school. If this school fails, I blame the us parents for not standing up against all the negativity.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2008
This school has absolutley no communication! They wait till the last minute to inform you anything thats going on. There is no organization. So if you want a school where things change day by day then this is your school!!! Maybe once they really get established it will improve but as of now they don't deserve my kids!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2008
I have known the administrators for a long time through our church and I am know he is putting together a school that is based on the values we want our children growing up with. Even in times of struggle we will continue to support him as well as the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2008
I agree with the prior post about the administration. Communication is horrible. There are some quality teachers making up for the lack of leadership. Just like the parents, I wonder how long the teachers will put up with the mess that stands in front of them. I can only imagine what they have to deal with on a daily basis. I can't imagine working for someone like that. We are going to stick it out a little longer, but I fear a change is soon to come. I have hear MUSD is finally getting it together.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2008
Quarter way through year two and the principals still have no clue how to run things. They feed you with lies, and do it with a smile on their face. After all the good things I have been hearing lately about MUSD, I think it is time for me to pull my child. At first, I thought all headaches were worth it to be at a better school, no I am thinking that it no longer is a better school. If you like communication and honesty, this is not the place for you.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2008
Promises, promises, promises. New campus, computer lab, gym, etc. I can no longer handle how terrible this school is run. If the school is run by people not telling the truth, what does that say they are teaching my son? Stay away from this place at all cost!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
Just got a letter from the school and I am so upset. This school has no leadership. I am looking to transfer my students at break. I need questions answered and Bill and Aaron refuse to tell the truth!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
The only thing this school is missing is wood stoves. If you are looking for your child to memorize a bunch of information this could be the place for you. There is no use of technology. The school is so unorganized. The administrators lack the skills to communicated with parents, students, and staff. I am still waiting for the campus to be finished that was supposed to be done two years ago. Somehow the Bill and Aaron find new people to blame for their unorganization. It would be nice if they can own up to their own shortcomings. Don't believe the hype!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2008
My kid is really taking off with learning

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2008
Wow! Great environment for learning! Teachers are great

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2008
After 4 different schools throughout Arizona my kids are finally picking up things they never have before. This school is awsome!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2008
In California I had my oldest son in a private school because of how bad the public school system was there. He started the year at Santa Cruz last year and I was horrified. As soon as I heard about Legacy I switched him and have been very satisfied. They have an accelerated curriculum that resembles the private school he attended in California. I will send all 3 of my kids to Legacy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 09, 2008
Awful. After hearing many Maricopa Mothers rave about this School & online info. we enrolled my Daughter. The best advice I can give to another Parent is; don't believe the hype. The staff was unorganized & I was unimpressed with their use of curriculum & attention to the Students at one of my drop in's. I moved my Child to Santa Cruz Elementary. She now has a great Teacher & is learning something daily where before she was reviewing everything & nothing was being 'blended in' like I was told, even after 1 year. I will not send my younger child there & will never believe the hype from other Mothers.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2008
I don't like this school. The curriculum is too old-fashioned to prepare my kids for the future and a global market. I also don't understand how my child can focus on learning when the school is just a bunch of trailers. This school is NOT organized and I would much rather have my children in Maricopa's public school system.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2008
I am very pleased with Legacy. My daughter has learned so much and when I compare with other parents that have their children enrolled in Kyrene or Chandler, I feel that she is learning at a faster pace and is doing great. It's sad that people have to make such negative comments regarding the staff, when they are truly making a difference. I do believe that they are learning at an accelerated but if a parent is looking for a 'gifted' program, maybe they should go private. I am so excited to have her at Legacy again this year and I feel truly blessed to have Legacy as an option.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2008
This school has proved to be a challenging atmosphere for my children. The entire staff has showed caring and individual attention is important for each child. There could be a little more information sharing, but the education is top-rate!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 20, 2008
My wife and I where very please with our childs Kindergarten experience. My son began attending Legacy in January 2008 after starting the year at Pima Butte. Legacy kept our son challenged and we noticed a higher level of achievement. The school has done a wonderful job maintaining high academic standards.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2007
I just pulled my child out of this school. Mr. Hale told me it would be an accelerated learning type of curriculum, however it proved to be less than challenging for my child. Before enrolling my child, I met with Mr. Hale and asked a series of questions regarding curriculum and school structure. I feel like I was 'fed' answers to my questions that they thought I wanted to hear. They have a lot of work to do to make this school and their students successful.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2007
This school is much better than the others in Marcicopa, but that doesn't say a whole lot. Not sure how they plan on making in an excellerated program with the wide variety of learning abilities. The school has a long ways to go. I'm sure Mr. Hale will get it together.

- submitted by a parent
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Legacy Traditional School
17760 N. Regent Dr., Maricopa, AZ  85138
(520) 423-9999
Last modified Legacy Traditional School is a Charter school that serves grades K-10. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Legacy Traditional School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 97 reviews. Top