As a concerned parent looking for answers here's what I found. The dance teacher, Mrs. Bronson was let go due to budget cuts as were almost half the teachers. Performing Arts instructor, Mrs. LeSueur, was almost let go by the new principal as well. He is indeed not sold on the performing arts at the school. The P. E. teacher quit and many remaining teachers are looking for other jobs! And this is the first of the year! There is also concern over a "splinter" group of students that came over from another school. For some reason they're being given sanctuary at the East Valley High School instead of following the rules of Legacy where they should be. This, I am told, is because a new ersatz performing arts director at EVH has been trying to put a performing group together and is now trying to rob Legacy of some performing students. The publicized smaller classrooms are now filled to the brim because there's a lack of teachers. The principal seems to have an agenda all his own. Either this mismanaged school will be reduced to nothing or they need better leadership - which would be very possible if one of the asst. principals were placed in charge. Very disfunctional school. Avoid it!
I feel as if I was duped into my child attending this school. Their grade scores are rather low and the performing arts has been completely cut. I feel as if there is an underlying tension among the staff and I don't understand it. Everyone keeps leaving the school, teachers and students. I am unsure as a parent if everything is budget cuts or if something else is wrong. My daughter just told me that the PE teacher left as well. I am not sure as no one has told parents that the PE teacher left. This of course happens after the dance teacher left, or was let go, so much has happened I'm not sure. Now they have one recess and no real physical activities. I'm hoping things will get better but I feel what the school sold me on is gone and the principal really has no intention of bringing these things back. I think it is safe to say they are heading in the direction of a basic school which isn't bad, but don't let them sell you on those things I think public relations sees a performing arts school and the principal does not.
A parent.. This is my kjds 3rd year..there are good nd bad for this svhool busse are a major issue. Class sizes nd teacher r great..uniforms r a little pricy but does save on that exspense for major school shopping..my children have geown so much since attending there.they give individual help to each student..my only complaint would be the bus system..which is forcing me to switch school.very sad..if it wasnt for the busses it would be perfect.
This will be our daughter s second year attending Legacy Elementary. This school has been a God send to our family and I highly recommend considering enrolling your children into this school. This is why: The classrooms are generally not too big, less than 18-20 kids. The teachers are not overwhelmed and actually have time to get to know your child! Homework was reasonable, 30 minutes /night and at the end of the year, she exceeded the standards on her AIMS test. The performing arts teacher, Mrs. Leseur provides an environment of opportunity for girls and boys to sing, dance and act. My family cannot afford singing/acting lessons our 5th grader, but because of Legacy, she was able perform all throughout the school year. Her confidence soared, especially after leaving a nearby public school where she was bullied and ostracized for not living in the neighborhood the school was located in. Legacy is personable and warm. We are fortunate to live close to the school so we can ride bikes or walk. Nothing makes a parent feel better leaving their kids off at school than a teacher or faculty member greeting you and your kid by name. I adore Legacy Elementary! Go Lions!
Good school far education but plan on driving your kids to school much of the time they have no backup plans to bus breakdowns and bus driver call ins. This has happened 8 times this year on east side bus.
This is my child's 3rd school, and last year was his first year. We will be returning and bringing in my 5 year old for kindergarten. This school did have changes and gave me a red flag alert. when I met the principle and his wife at the 4th July breakfast they are both awesome. I can't wait for the changes this year and he really wants this school to be a community. This school also works with the working parents, one thing PTO is at night instead of during the day. I'm excited for 2011-2012 year.
THIS SCHOOL IS AMAZING!!!! This is true Legacy has gone through a lot of changes! What these other parents fail to realize is all of the positive changes yet to come and yes the new principal is stern he expects the students to have respect for themselves as well as the others around them and if this is to much to ask than maybe another school is better for those types of families. My oldest child began Legacy in kindergarten and will be in the 6th grade this year her as well as my other children love Legacy and we as a family are so proud to call this school ours! The staff at LEGACY Is an amazing group of wonderful people! As far as the staff that will not be returning well there were obvious reasons for why they will not be asked back!!! Gooooo Legacy Lions!!!
I am greatly disappointed with Legacy School! My children will not be returning next year! The campus is filthy! Principal dishonest and two faced! They cannot hang onto good teachers as they walk out! Or are fired 3 days before school was out! There is No sense of security to the students! The SPED does not have the best intrest of students at heart. The assistant principal herself quit because she didn't agree morally to what was taking place. Test scores will speak for themselves! There is no Lock down procedures on campus, fire alarms are not working, The ant poison dumped on the playground was was my 6 yr olds favorite toy! The campus is not clean or safe! The teachers that were any good will not be back next year! Therefore I will not bring my childback! I cannot trust who is left to properly care or teach my child! It's amazing how in one year they took something great and flushed it down the pipes!
YEs, the school went through a transition. The old prinicpal quit, a second grade teacher quit..but that is not a reflection of the school..it was a reflection of those individuals. The new prinicpal is stern and doesn't tolerate misbehaving, but has a gentle heart and takes time to know the needs of each class, each teacher and etc. The autism classes are great, the curriculum is great. Before the new principal came, there were so many UNQUALIFIED teachers and assistants. You cant get mad for the principal wanting to have them trained properly and certified....it is NOT like he is firiing them- he is offering them a chance to get certified or move on. My son has floruished unbelievable here. Every school has its issues, but I have yet to have any. You need to take a tour, speak with the leadership and judge for yourself.
Beware of any good reviews. Legacy has gone through a huge transition recently. What I thought of highly last year has fallen apart. The charter holder of this school herself has told me that she has not ordered the curriculum for the '10-'11 school year. We are in Jan! Very alarming. Teacher's have walked out on their job. And the new principal bully's parent's and Children. Even making kids line up and martch in line during recess. Staff and Admin have pulled their own children from the school in the last week. There is very little if any communication home when policies are changed. And our Children are forced to eat lunch in classes. SPED dept. is crooked and the state is investigating. BEWARE!
In 2008 Legacy was rated as "underperforming" from AIMS data, in 2010 they have brought this up to Performing Plus!!! Amazing job to the teachers, especially 3-6th
We have found Legacy refreshing! The teachers, principal, and staff have all been wonderful and welcoming! We are proud to call Legacy our home school now! When we first moved to legacy my second grader didn't know what a dictionary was, how to do multiplication, or write in cursive. The class sizes are small. Only 14 in my daughters class. My kinder has grown and blossomed in her class! The drama, art, and PE have been a highlight for my girls! I see great things coming from this school!
i loved this school my son learned more in this school then in any other school his been to !!!
This school is amazing, my kids have attended since Kindergarten. I have watch the school go through some major changes this year and they have all been for the best. The staff is amazing, you could ask for anything better. The teachers are wonderful and really care about the education that the kids are receiving. I wish there were more parents at the school that were more interested in getting involved. It would make things even better. I hear there is a new campus that will be opening next year and I cant wait to see what they have in store for us. Things just keep getting better and better.
My wife and i enrolled our son and daughter in legacy schools about 3 yrs ago and believe me when i say it was the best move ever.The teachers take great pride in teaching them.I would recomend this school to anyone
Again, I think Legacy is great! They have a huge heart with a caring and loving staff that strive to help those students to do their very best. I see other schools with the pretty buildings but it is what is inside that appeals most to me at Legacy.
My children have been at Legacy for 4 years and the curriculum is fantastic! The elementary teachers are wonderful and truly care about the kids. Leadership is greatly lacking as are adequate teaching supplies and text books. There is a great deal of teacher turnover throughout the school year and over the summer. Accountability from students and staff (not teachers) decreases significantly in the middle and high schools. Although the curriculum was enough for me to keep my kids enrolled this last school year, the ongoing lack of leadership, staff accountability and expectations for the students, in addition to staff and teacher turnover, are too much to continue to overlook. One other thing worth mentioning: they offer no before or after school care for elementary students.
My son has attended Legacy since Kindergarten. All along he has had fabulous teacher who really care about his progress. My son has an IEP for speech and the school is well aware of what he needs and goes above and beyond to give it to him. They recommend different things I can try to help him. The teachers enjoy parent involvement, but sadly there is not much of it. I have been very pleased with the school, teachers, assemblies and the office staff.
This school was great when they first opened over the last couple of years it has gone downhill. They do testing for special education but have no real program available. They also allow some students to get away with things that others are suspended for. I would think very long and hard before enrolling.
If you are thinking of enrolling your child in this school, please think long and hard. There is no leadership to speak of, and small classes are meaningless if the teachers don't take the time to help and nurture the students. I had high hopes because of the arts aspect, but even that was a bitter disappointment. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
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