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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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