Posted December 12, 2011
We believe that parents have a choice in the selection of the academic environment for their children. When a parent exercises that choice with Legacy Traditional School, they are choosing a safe structured accelerated program with high expectations. At Legacy Traditional School students benefit from a Legacy of Learning as they prepare for the world ahead.
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.
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.
So far this is a great school. Looks like they went through a lot of growing pains, but it is great now.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. :(
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
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.
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.
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.
this school has the best area and way to teach my children and i love p.a.l.s
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!
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.
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!!
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!
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