LHS has been a PROFOUND disappointment. Parent input is completely ignored because the teachers union reigns supreme. Leadership is impotent. Dress codes are not enforced. Crude language policy is not enforced. It seems morale among teachers is dismal. The math program tanked this year. Student academic anxiety is sky high because the system is failing them. Parents are not welcome to chaperone Home Coming (inside the actual dance). You will not be given a direct "no" answer. You are invited to take tickets, check coats or serve water but you are NOT allowed in the dance proper. This is frightening.
My student was a freshman this year, and I just figured this out -- DUH!!!! In relation to LHS's grading scale, an 89 is an A, a 79 is a B, and a 69 is a C. Really? What kind of school is this that grades as standard on a curve to inflate student grades? Sure does tell you something about their lack confidence in teaching and performance.
Academics? Does this school actually have academics? Legacy is a total "drama" school whose performance stinks! I, and many of the other parents I have spoken to, have not seen of any kind of academic excellence from this school except from students that would excel in any type of environment. The teachers do NOT care about student learning, all they care about are their statistics when it comes to passing so as to inflate their personal and school reputation. Students automatically get a 50% on ALL assignments even if they do not turn in anything, and get full credit when they turn in assignments weeks and months later -- how is that fair GPA-wise to the students who REALLY do the work? This is the WORST school my children have even been at and I cannot wait until I can put them in another school next year!
Legacy is so mediocre. The kids are egotistical and ethnocentric. The school culture is cliquey and a lot of a person's self worth is placed on the amount of money they have. For a mostly upper middle class demographic the students are awfully provinicial. The academics are subpar and the none of the teachers are anything to rave about. They do the least that's expected of them and go on. The school should focus on providing better academics. Also, the gossip that's lurking everywhere is so immature. Can't wait to get out.
Legacy's statistics, especially student grades & graduation statistics are hugely inflated by their flunking no student policy. They pass ALL students regardless of performance or classroom attendance. Students receive nothing below 50% on ALL assignments, including missing assignments. If a student misses class even if unexcused they are exempt from taking quizzes and they are entered into the grade book in such a way that those points do not contribute toward their grade. My student should have flunked, but teachers INTENTIONALLY did not enter a bunch of missing assignments and entered just enough so that they squeaked by and passed the class (i.e., if all of the assignments had been accounted for, they would not have passed). No parent ever wants their child to fail, but if they are not held accountable for their performance and are not being prepared adequately to succeed in college, then I cannot say that the school is doing their job. Even involved parents only have so much control of their children and need teachers to help in such a way that they inspire their students to succeed and not set them up to fail simply by pushing them through the system to be another stat.
I am shocked at the previous reviews & I have to disagree. Having seen schools from bigger cities, Legacy High is more like a sanctuary. When I asked my teen about "bullies" at Legacy, the response was fast "bullies don't stand a chance at this school". Bullying is serious and could ruin lives & the staff there appears to be truly committed to keep this school safe for kids who keep out of trouble.
Legacy High School definitely has wonderful TCAP scores and talented students, but like the other reviews say, it's a prison. Many of the teachers are very rude to students and many times the environment is discouraging because you CAN arrive late or not do an assignment and not get any consequences. It's ridiculous. It makes me wonder why I try if they don't have to, either. As a kid, I was extremely excited about going to Legacy. I knew other people going there, and it sounded like a good school. However, some teachers argue that they "don't need to teach us because it isn't in the curriculum," and other teachers will be very curt with you when you try to get help. It's very discouraging, and quite frankly, after attending even just half a year here, I can say strongly that I understand why kids drop out of high school.
Our fourth child attends school at Legacy -- two went to private school, one to a Jefferson County School. Legacy is setting students up to fail both in college and in life -- the grading scale used at Legacy is set lower making it seem like grades are better than they really are (what a shock students are in for when they attend college, or move to a different school, and discover that an 89 is not an A but realy a B)! Student are allowed to be late to class with no consequences and turn in assignments weeks to months late (past the due date) and still get full credit for their assignments. How does this benefit students?
Just moved here from Florida, an area that has seen more cuts, but seem to handle it better. 1st person you deal with is Holly. She needs to change her attitude or get a new job. Does anyone else have a problem with her? English teacher is more focused on yearbook than students. I have only met 10 teachers so I can't comment on the others. Not impressed with intimate campus. Hard to get around and doesn't give as much info as school district in Florida. Which has gotten hit a lot harder than Colorado.
Too crowded. Feel lost. I would say "send your kid to Holy Family". Problem is that not everybody likes crowds, including me.
I am a student at Legacy High School going into my senior year. All in all, this is a very good school. It offers many AP classes which can yield college credit, and it also has the L2K program which encourages students to let their interests fuel their learning. Most of the teachers at this school are very well-versed in what they teach, and are understanding. While there are exceptions to this standard, the more competent teachers tend to be in the higher-level classes, so things tend to get better rather than worse. Despite recent budget cuts, the office staff is full of great counselors who will help students along. I wanted to be able to take Calculus BC at this school, and my counselor helped me move some classes around to arrange this. The school does have a few dumb rules, such as their inconsistent ID policy, most rules are fair and the staff is human in stating them. The main complaint I have for this school is their priorities: they put more money into their marching band program than anything else. And what should students be more concerned about for their future, their ability to play trombone or their ability to code in that small, practically self-taught Java class?
This is a great school with great programs. Plenty of opportunities for everyone at different levels. I am a recently graduated student and will say I fell in love with the teachers at this school and still keep in contact today.
my son has gone through 4 years at Legacy. Most of which has a been a very posiive experience. The counseling staff ( Julie Robbins) has been amazing with helping my child stay on task. The athletic program on the other hand is another story. If your son or daughter does not come to Legacy with any competitve experience. Forget it.. You will be sidelined, benched, or cut. If you dont produce or have money. Your not in. The baseball staff are clicky with certain students and parents. As is the board members. Other than the sports issue. We enjoyed Legacy.
Legacy is a high performing school that probably works for most of the students. if your child learns differently, needs any kind of help, or is not the best at taking tests almost everyday, then this is the wrong school. It was February and my daughter's teacher didn't know her name. Also, the teachers have a set curriculum and the whole year planned, so if there needs to be re-learning because the material was presented too fast, too bad. Addressing different learning styles and encouragement is rare. The school does offer intervention help, but many times the teachers do not help. I am so happy to get my child out of this school, it has been a very long year for her.
Legacy is indeed a great school although it does have weakness. Most academic classes weight tests as 70% of your child's grade which prepares them well for higher education. But...with so much of a students grade dependent on tests they need offer freshman a class on how to study and prepare for tests. My student is not a good test taker. The district middle school she attended did not academically prepare her with necessary test taking skills, suddenly required from her. The teachers are great communicators and always available to parents and students, The discipline and dress code is strict, which I really like. I strongly agree with the previous poster that the parking lot is a dangerous place. The staff should not be traffic cops, but they need have some traffic rules and enforce them by pulling student parking permits if not followed. Someones going to get hurt.
I'm a Freshman this year at legacy, and the first thing i've noticed is how strict it is. I've never been a trouble maker, but some things at this school are ridiculous. I am forced to walk home in the snow 2 miles everyday, because they will not provide a bus. I've definatly noticed how much legacy cares about money, which a clear top priority. They have so many fundraisers, it's ridiculous. As well as most of the staff just loafing around and being rude whenever possible to students. And the drivers around the school are insane, i've been hit almost 3 times whil crossing a crosswalk. It's a good school, it just needs a lot of changes though.
There is a lot of pride amongst the staff and students and I feel my son gets a great education there.
I am a very proud parent of a Legacy High School Student. Any parent I know contemplating High Schools for their kids I immediately tell them, take them top Legacy! Go Lightening! It's been one heck of a ride for us - the academics program, the parental support, the sports program, the music program, the AP classes, the teacher involvement....I could go on and on!
I am a past student of Legacy High School I left my senior year of high school because I did not feel that my needs were being met at this school. It seemed as if there were very few teachers there who genuinely wanted to help you if you were an average student. I felt like I was passed by because I wasn't a star athlete or an amazing student. When I switched schools I found teachers who were willing to help with whatever I needed and was involved with more extra curricular then ever before. Now I am a sophomore in college and teachers at legacy never seemed to think that I would ever make it to college. Sad to think about isn't it?
Wonderful school, excellent music program! Some of the reviews here are ridiculous! This school provides a very safe environment, and all of the teachers I have encountered have been excellent.
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