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Elizabeth, CO

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1975 Legacy Circle
Elizabeth, CO 80107

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June 22, 2014
I am shocked and saddened by some of the reviews on Legacy Academy. My children have been attending there since kindergarten and have had an incredibly positive experience! Legacy fosters a love for learning, while challenging students to reach their potential! The teachers have been wonderful at every grade level and we couldn't be happier with Legacy as a whole.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
this is truly an incredible learning environment! Both the administration and teachers continually show that they want only the very best for their students. This is a school of integrity, honesty, and openness. The administration shows continual seeking for the very best ways of handling accountability, curriculum, discipline, and encouragement for students to be people of honesty, integrity, and hard work. If you are currently making a decision of where to send your children for school, I highly encourage you to visit Legacy Academy.

- submitted by a teacher
June 17, 2014
Legacy scored a D on Colorado School Grades and an F for academic growth. The last 2 Principles failed Legacy, the community and Elizabeth. The school lost it's Core Knowledge Curriculum and now offers Common Core. The Douglas County School District opted out because Common Core is so bad. The administration bullies the students and as mentioned in other post, there is a lot of favoritism going on. Many parents work at the school and their kids are treated much better than the others!!! My child became very behind because of this school and the changes it made over the last few years. This school is a big disappointment, along with the administration and would get an F in my book

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2014
I Love our school, my daughter was not thriving in the neighboring county. She now wants to go to school and is doing awesome. Parents can look on the Parent Portal to see current homework, missing work, and grades. Children are respected and encouraged.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
As a former student of Legacy Academy, I would like to inform the parents and staff about some of the things going on there that it seems the adults are not aware of. I think that, for the elementary students, some of the curriculum they are being taught is either too advanced or exactly the opposite of that. In fact, providing the iPads for the students seems to have made the school go completely downhill. Before there were iPads, the school was teaching well and it was an enjoyable atmosphere. Now, it's rather dreary and none of the children are learning. Furthermore, the middle school is a complete wreck. The teachers show extreme favouritism, and the students are taught to be homophobic, transphobic, and overall discriminatory. There are horrible bullying problems, and the language is bad. There is also NO HEALTH CLASS provided for the middle school students. They will enter high school completely clueless about quite a few aspects of the human body. I would absolutely not recommend sending your children there, ESPECIALLY if they are or are going to be a middle school student.

- submitted by a community member
April 21, 2014
My children have been at Legacy for the past two years. They are so excited about the technology aspect of the school, they like having an iPad as a tool to learn. As a parent when I first walked in the school I was amazed at the positive attitude and smiles all over the building. I have taught in different schools and I have never felt such a caring atmosphere. Our children at Legacy are not just a number among the many hundreds, they are unique little people getting an education, taught with care and love that will prepare them to be the future that we will depend on. My children get up with a smile in the morning, and that smile lasts through all the hands on activities and fun projects they work on during the day. Legacy is our extended family. Our kids feel safe among their peers and feel confident enough to offer their opinion to their teachers who are always open to new and better alternatives. When your children cross the entrance to Legacy, they will find respect, safety, and an education that is given by caring professionals, something that I am truly grateful for. -CW

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
We LOVE this school! They have a small town feel with a technologically advanced leg up... The only ischool in Colorado. All the teachers and staff have been kind and caring to our family. The front office staff makes us feel like we belong there, as they are so pleasant and sweet to us. :0) It's a great place to have our kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
while no school is without it's problems I have found Legacy to be a nice community school with a small town community feel. Our daughter is doing well in the middle school and when problems have come up I have found the staff ready and willing to help and sometimes even make necessary changes. I have enjoyed my involvement with the parents and staff here and look foreword to 2 more years!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2014
Our oldest son is currently in kindergarten at Legacy Academy, and though he hasn't attended any other schools for comparison, I would say that we have had a positive experience. We have been very happy with his teacher - he really likes her, she is great at communicating, we love the updates and photos she shares via her private classroom Facebook page, and she has been great about helping him to grow academically and in giving him opportunities to be challenged appropriately. As for the other staff, they have always been friendly and helpful in our interactions. I also feel the school is very good about communicating different events, and in some cases it almost feels like overkill (they make sure you know if there's a school closure or potential threat of some sort via email, text, and automated voice call ;-D ). Our little guy is a lover of technology, so the iPads are a huge plus for him, and probably his favorite part. We're over halfway through the school year now and have been pleased thus far.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2014
I enrolled my children at Legacy Academy because of their teacher dedication, their ability to see that iOS technology is how the world works, the small classroom size, and the curriculum. My children have gone from D+ averages to Honor Roll in less than a year because of Legacy Academy. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants their child to not only learn traditional learning, but technology as well. When my daughter came home and told me every bone in the human body, I was floored. When my other daughter came home showing me a program she created on the computer, I was stunned! This school is wonderful! There is very little if any bullying, always laughter in the hallways, and incredible teachers who enjoy teaching!! Take the time and come see this school. It is a fabulous school that keeps improving year after year after year.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
The staff at Legacy Academy are very welcoming and put the students first. They work hard to challenge the students and encourage them to strive to be their best. My nephew goes to school at Legacy. He is always excited to go and see his friends and teachers. He continually talks about the activities and events that take place in the classroom and at the school. I am very pleased with the hard work that Legacy Academy is accomplishing to further push their students for excellence.

- submitted by a community member
January 11, 2014
Very, very concerned about the education (or lack of) that my children are getting at Legacy Academy. Another resource, Coloradoschoolgrades.com, gave Legacy Academy a D for 2013. The switch from Core Knowledge to Common Core was obviously a change in the wrong direction. At this time, I would not recommend this school to any other family.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2014
My intent was to write a short review of a fantastic school. However, I was surprised to find several recent reviews of Legacy Academy with major misinformation. Given that this great school was given such poor ratings based on this misinformation, I want to encourage parents to check out GreatSchool's page on Common Core to understand what this means for you and your child: http://www.greatschools.org/improvement/standards-and-testing/7688-greatschools-view-on-common-core-state-standards.gs Legacy is an excellent school! I love that the kiddos that I teach get P.E. every day and specials ( Art, Music, Spanish, & Business/Technology) to enrich their education. Student interests are met with diverse activities like sports, cheer, a Minecraft club, student computer programming, and our own student-run FM radio station. During my 2 decades as a professional educator, I have never worked with such a talented staff. That is a tall statement as I have always had the privilege to work for highly successful schools. What stands out to me the most is how much this staff cares about each of our students. To me, this quality is what makes a magical difference in excellence!

- submitted by a teacher
November 03, 2013
I had heard nothing but fantastic things about this school so finally decided to put our child in it. During the summer they got a new principal, apparently many new teachers and are implementing the new Common Core curriculum. I am not blaming the teachers because they have no choice and they are doing the best they can with what they have to work with. Sadly this Common Core is NOT a good thing. It's one sided education and it makes them spend WAY too much time on one thing. The more you look into Common Core the more disturbing it is. I pulled my child out and am homeschooling. It seems to be the only current way around this Curriculum. The Staff, Teachers, and Families we've met at this school are fantastic, just this curriculum is not a good fit for our child. The work our student was doing THIS year, had already been DONE 2 years PRIOR. Our child is a 4th grader. I would encourage everyone to look further into this Common Core Curriculum Standards. Furthermore, the Common Core Curriculum Standards are being funded by Bill Gates. Which is WINDOWS based so it seems the school is having difficulty with implementing it with the iPads.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
We used to like this school (1st grade was great!) but it has gone downhill since then. The iPads are a good idea, however they kids are on them an awful lot. They were sold as "it is to further the child's education and no one but the teacher and parents will know the level that the child is on." My son's teacher (he is in 3rd grade now) puts videos on for them so that they can learn their multiplication tables. The school used to teach by Core Knowledge, now we have moved to Common Core. My son came home with his school work and my husband and I are appalled by it. There was a picture of a squirrel eating a nut and the question was "what is the best caption for this illustration". I am pretty sure he went over this in preschool. I know that this is not all of the school's fault, but this is common core. They want every child to fit into a certain box. I would not recommend Legacy Academy to anyone until they get rid of common core. My son has come home talking about climate change and renewable energy. This should NOT be taught in this grade. This should be something that the parents should choose to teach their children. My husband and I are strongly considering home schooling.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
Would not recommend. The IPads were being used as teachers not tools. Few papers came home to monitor my child's progress. The Core Knowledge is all but gone as there has been little effort to integrate the curriculum with the technology. Moreover, the classrooms were chaotic, and presented a disorganized and challenging learning environment for students. The most disappointing aspect of our experience was the bullyng-- not only with students, but with teachers and administration. Nothing is worse than trying to advocate for your student and being placated and ignored. A charter school may seem like a good alternative to private - with their prestigous name, school uniforms, advanced technology, and having the ability to be run differently than a traditional district school. But do your homework: They can be run well or run rogue. Legacy Academy fits the latter. This school falls short in expectations, and often does not act in the best interest of their students. Hopefully the new principal looks hard internally to fix these serious issues.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2013
My fellow teachers at Legacy Academy put each child first in their classroom. Their priorities are the success of EVERYONE! I love being a part of this community! I have loved teaching at Legacy Academy for the last few years and can honestly say I love going to work each day because of the atmosphere of this school. Remember many of the negative attitudes about the school are those frustrated. In my opinion at every school you visit or send your child(ren) to, you will find things that you don't like. It's up to you to decide what attitude you will have towards it. The most important thing is that your child is happy, motivated, and loved by the school they attend!

- submitted by a teacher
May 20, 2013
Would not recommend this school. Teachers can teach or not teach whatever they want. Lots of bullying and favoritism. Am pulling my two kids out. I am not sure the board of directors really know what is going on in the classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
I am very impressed with the quality of teachers at Legacy Academy. They are still excited about being teachers which gets the students excited about learning. The one thing I am hoping will grow is the Middle School program. Adding more electives and possibly adding some"counselors" as Middle School children seem to need that guidance form time to time.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2012
We love Legacy! We have been here for 4 years and are very happy with the school. The teachers get the kids excited about learning, and our kids actually enjoy going to school. We like that they teach character virtues along with the academics. Overall, we are very happy here.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2012
This is our second year at Legacy and could not be happier! Funny how 2 experiences can be so different. I am amazed at the level of discipline and control the Kinder and first grade teachers exhibit (as this is my only experience). Absolutely no bullying is tollerated in the lower grades - I work in the classroom once a week and get to see a lot first hand. My child is leaps and bound ahead of other first grade friends (many of them in GT programs and mine is not). I love that they block the math groups so children can advance at their own pace. The teachers are outstanding! They know my child and what motivates her to succeed. The ipads are nice and they do enhance the learning environment, but don't go to Legacy because of them. Go to Legacy because of the teachers, administrators and staff! They take such great care of our children. . .we feel lucky to go to such an awesome school!

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
Amazing place full of technology and inspiration. The best possible place to put my children.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2012
This site needs to add to the "highlights" section of this site for this school that it is an Ischool with each student having their own Ipad, and technology based education. This school has been reviewed internationally, supports the CORE curriculum, and emphasizes respectful behavior. They even have extra instruction in robotics, and flyfishing. It's a great school, my son has come a long way since enrolling here

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
This will be our second year at Legacy Academy. Our children and us as parents had a fantastic school year. The principal, is an advocate for students and Teachers and believes in teaching to reach all learning styles. Our 5th grader loved her teacher last year, and our Kindergartner would race out of the car every day to get into school. He was so excited to learn! We have attended both public and private schools in different states, and this has been the best fit for our kids and our family. All of the academic subjects have a rigorous curriculum and the iPad learning engaged and supplemented what our kids learned. The kids cannot wait for school to start this year. Thank you, Legacy staff, teachers and our wonderful principal for making learning fun!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2012
hi im in the middle school at legacy and i have gone to legacy scince first grade. i can honestly say that if i didnt have my best friends in legacy that i would move in a heartbeat. im having issues with bullying not from the students but from the teachers. and it seems as though the principle doesnt really care about the middle school. in all the ipads didnt really change anything i mean our teacher will barely let us use them!!!

- submitted by a community member
January 23, 2012
Teachers are great and the class sizes are great. each child has an I-pad to work on and the school is on the edge of Technology. Each child wears a uniform.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2011
Awesome new principal!. Big changes this year to improve the school and keep it on the cutting edge of technology with each student having IPADS and computers in each classroom. The teachers have a full time assistant to share between two classrooms and the teachers really care about the success of each student. This charter school is one of a kind with Core Knowledge and many updates and improvements!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2011
Maybe this school had issues in the past but I'm here to tell you that as a parent, I think this year has been wonderful. I have dealt with Douglas County public schools and moved my kids to Legacy Academy. I commute to go there! My kids have learned more in the past few months than they learned at a DC school for the past few years. The technology is AMAZING! Having individual lesson plans for each child really does work. My kids are no longer bored. Kids are engaged and my kids love school! I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a change. I wondered what my kids were doing all day at our prior school. Now I know they were sitting there doing nothing. As for bullying, I think they've handled every situation I've seen professionally and in a caring manner. Smaller class sizes capped at 28 and it's a charter school that treats your children like people and not just a number filling a seat. We will go here for years to come!

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2011
What are you talking about? All the board did was dump a really bad principal. Same bad teachers, same bullies (some teachers), same arrogant office staff, same small town close minded parents and staff. Becoming an " I school "does not make you an "amazing" school! It just affords yoo a bigger, overblown attitude!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2011
In the process of moving to Colorsdo from overseas, we were highly cncerned with where our children went to school. We chose to move out to Elizabeth (despite the long commute for my husband) for the sake of a quality school. They both had straight A's. It was working in the classrooms that made me realize how inadequate the school was in every respect. No control, no disicpline, no structure to the curriculum. My son had items stolen from his desk while he was at the desk & the teachers did nothing. one semester in 4th grade & NO division in Maths class. He was doing that in his previous school in 2nd grade! No control at ANY time over the students which included safety issues. The school lost their high school accreditation the year after we left. THAT says a lot too! If this is level 9 of 10, God help the education system!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2011
There were some major issues in the past few years. There has been a huge turnaround, and this school is going to be one of the most amazing, vibrant schools in the state if not the nation. Look for cutting edge technology (here, promethean boards are outdated-- now every child will have an ipad) and teachers with passion to teach children. It's a new day!

- submitted by a community member
April 05, 2011
My daughter has been a student at Legacy for 5 years. I am very pleased with the school. They have challenged her and she is above grade level in most subjects. The teachers and staff are all very caring and want what is best for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2011
We are new to Legacy Academy this year. Our impression is mixed. The communication from the teachers is vague and there is rarely enough detail to have any real sense of what the expectations are. There is clearly a problem with tolerating bad behavior and the Core Virtues program appears to exist in theory only. Bullying is a problem, as our children have experienced it and nothing has been done. In general, it seems that the school does not have a very high academic bar for the kids. We are somewhat disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2011
I happen to be a parent with a student who was in fifth grade last year. My daugher has been to two other elementary schools, but I can say without hesitation that Legacy Academy made my daughter shine. I spent my year in awe of the fifth grade teachers and what they taught her. The curriculum is rich and the teachers are so creative in their approach to the lessons. I was always shocked at what my fifth grader was learning at her age and how each teacher brought out the best in her academically. Even today my daughter talks about how much she learned and how fun learning was for her. I assume the last post from the fifth grade parent was disgruntled over something she did not agree with and took revenge on the teahers. I was blessed to have had these two wonderful teachers for my daughter, and I highly recommend Legacy Academy to anyone. It's a shame the last reviewer has such vitriol in her heart, and she was only bent on hateful rhetoric. That type of person shouldn't review anything - especially when it effects the lives of others.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2010
Our 8th grader had been at the school since kindergarten, and sadly we have watched the school go down hill. Some of the staff is great but there does need to be an administrator change. Lack of control has been demonstrated again and again. Then some of the best teachers and supports were let go; we can only ask why?????

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2010
My son is in the kindergarten class at Legacy. Class started in September and he is already reading! The teacher-student ratio is perfect and most of the teachers are truly amazing! I feel Legacy is the best choice for an elementary school. For the older kiddos the sports program isn't the best, but the kids really enjoy playing and being involved.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
Although I am no longer attending Legacy Adademy due to their termination of their high school program. In general, Legacy Academy is a very good school. The E.D. Hirsch curriculem is phenomonal and left me several years ahead of the public school students at the school I am now attending. The administrators, however are arrogant and best not messed with. I would definately reccomend this school for anyone who is willing to excell above others.

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2009
My children have attended Legacy Academy for the past four years., and I have nothing but 'GREAT' things to say about the school, it's staff and the curiculum. WE LOVE IT!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2009
I attended Legacy Academy for 6 years but had to leave unfortunately right before my 8th grade year because I was highly advanced in mathematics and Legacy could not accomadate my needs. As a 7th grader I was taking Geometery. Within that same hour the teacher was forced to teach my lesson, Alg. I's lesson, & PreAlg.'s lesson. Within the past few years, the middle school went a bit downhill by my standards. I believe Legacy is the best possible elementary school availiable in this state. Saxon math is perceived by other schools as boring and unrelateable to real life but I learned more using Saxon than I did when I switched to Holt after changing to EMS. there are a few downsides to Legacy- their athletics aren't very prominent, they have minimal advanced classes for middle school students, and they closed their high school due to a lack of funds.

- submitted by a student
February 23, 2009
Legacy continues to exhibit poor performance in standardized testing, and compares poorly to nearby schools. Legacy Administration and the school board continue to fail to reverse this condition.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 02, 2009
I have had children in this school for the past 5 years and have found that it is on track with what my children need.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2009
The potential for the HS at Legacy is exciting. We had doubts because the HS is small, but that was short-sighted. Administration + teachers are strongly committed to providing a strong college preparatory high school program while also offering CHSAA league sports and other extra-curricular activities. They are very open to ideas for class content, activities, and scheduling. Character development is emphasized and behavioral expectations are high. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in the school. It is a great opportunity to, as a family, be part of a closely-knit school community. They are offering AP and dual-credit courses, and have a good college counseling program. If you are looking for a high profile, big-name HS, this may not be for you. If you want your child to have a very personal learning experience and close friendships, with focused preparation for their college years, this school deserves a closer look.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
This school is very slow in everything they do. The Principal blocks every activity and is very slow to get anything done. My son was suppose to have dual credit classes this year and they were suppose to get this done last year. However, no one made the correct calls. Also they failed to higher a foreign language teacher (which is required in the state of Colorado) so now they all must take it online where they aren't learning near as much as they should. Also, they have a very small class selection and don't do anything to help the situation. They refuse to buy into the athletic program. Parents are a joke here as well. They continue to try and push out the high schoolers. Anytime anything goes wrong in the school everyone looks in the high school's direction. Terrible school. Don't move to Elbert County, worst school district ever.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
ECCS teaches the Hirsch Core Curriculum and Saxon Math. They have school uniforms and empahsize character development.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2004
I believe this is one of the best schools in the state of colorado! I have lived in california, have homeschooled my own children and have worked at many different public schools. I believe highly in the structure and discipline of the charter school philosophy.

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Legacy Academy
1975 Legacy Circle, Elizabeth, CO  80107
(303) 646-2636
Last modified Legacy Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Legacy Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top