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.
I would not recommend Legacy Academy!! Last year we went to the administration a few times to let them know the middle school kids were looking up inappropriate material on the i pads. They never addressed it or even seemed to care. This went on for months. Also, this school is experimental and does not offer the Core Knowledge Curriculum like most other charter schools. My child's class size was 29 students!! Evident that there was a lot of favoritism going on in this school. This is a very disappointing school and I truly feel this past year hurt my children's overall education. We have had to do a lot of tutoring and lessons at home to make up for their time at Legacy.
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.
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!
Amazing place full of technology and inspiration. The best possible place to put my children.
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
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!
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!!!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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