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Legacy High School

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Posted May 4, 2014

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2013

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 13, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2012

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2012

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?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2012

Too crowded. Feel lost. I would say "send your kid to Holy Family". Problem is that not everybody likes crowds, including me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 10, 2011

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?
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 19, 2009

There is a lot of pride amongst the staff and students and I feel my son gets a great education there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2009

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?
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

582 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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60%

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60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

581 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

2012

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

581 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

2012

 
 
66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

526 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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53%

2012

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

526 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

526 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

526 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students60%
Female60%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian64%
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Free lunch eligible31%
Reduced lunch eligible38%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%

Reading

All Students77%
Female81%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian82%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Free lunch eligible49%
Reduced lunch eligible73%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant77%

Writing

All Students66%
Female73%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian72%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligible54%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students53%
Female54%
Male51%
Black (not Hispanic)31%
Asian70%
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible27%
Reduced lunch eligible25%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)6%
Proficient in English53%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant53%

Reading

All Students82%
Female89%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)81%
Asian89%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligible71%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)28%
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%

Science

All Students74%
Female78%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)56%
Asian85%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligible38%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)11%
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Writing

All Students62%
Female75%
Male50%
Black (not Hispanic)38%
Asian69%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligible25%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)6%
Proficient in English64%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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52%
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24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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ACT participation

93%

Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

90%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 56%
Hispanic 17% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
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