- Students are more than just “students.” They are your children, loved and valued by Jesus. As such, they are to be loved and valued by us as well. This is central to everything we do.
- The home, church and the school should complement each other: promoting your child’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth.
- Parents have a God-given responsibility for the education of their child. Our staff shares this responsibility as “in loco parentis” when you enroll your child at Legacy.
- The discipleship of your child is an intentional commitment to living, modeling, and applying God’s Word for them on a daily basis rather than an academic pursuit.
- The instruction and education the students at Legacy receive must be in accordance with the Word of God.
- Children thrive and learn best in an environment where they feel safe, valued, and are unconditionally loved; our priority is to provide such an environment.
- Learning should be fun, multi-sensory, engaging and active as well as challenging.
- God has given differing abilities and styles of learning to every child. It is our teacher’s responsibility to challenge and teach them according to their academic ability and style of learning.
- Students at all grade levels must go beyond just acquiring knowledge and reciting facts. They must be challenged to think reasonably, critically, and creatively.
- Children should be engaged in intensive learning while at school and “homework” kept to a minimum. Homework should be primarily for review and reinforcement, age-appropriate, and purposeful.
- Providing enrichment opportunities in academics, the arts and sports play an important role in your child’s education.
- Our teachers possess a genuine love for their students that is demonstrated daily in every type of interaction and classroom activity.
- Our teachers must be well-trained and gifted by God to teach, nurture, and disciple their students spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.
- All those ministering at Legacy Christian School are to be transformed by the renewing work of Jesus Christ in their lives rather than conformed to the world and its values. They must recognize their responsibility to exemplify a Christian lifestyle to our students and their parents in our society.
The publishers of curriculum listed below have been adopted for the 2019-2020 school year:
- Social Studies/History: Bob Jones Heritage Studies (grades 1-4)
- Bible: ACSI (grades K-6); Summit Ministries (Jr. High)
- Math: ACSI (grades K-5); Big Ideas Math (grades 6-8)
- Science: ACSI (grades 1-8)
- Health: ACSI (Jr. High)
- Language Arts:
- Zoo Phonics: All inclusive of phonics, reading, writing, spelling (Kindergarten)
- Spelling: ACSI (grades 1-6) & Handwriting: Reason for Writing (grades 2-4)
- English and grammar: Bob Jones (grades 1-4)
- Reading and writing: Fundations by Wilson Learning (grades 1-3)
- Literature: Modos Press (grades 3-8); supplemental resources
Typical school day/week at Legacy
Each day, at every grade level, our students begin their day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Pledge to the Christian Flag, and Pledge to the Bible. The start of their day is rooted in praise and prayer along with a Bible lesson. Much of the core academic learning in English Language Arts and Math takes place in the morning hours with a recess to break it up. After lunch recess, students dig into either Social Studies or Science which rotate every-other day along with a corresponding hands-on activity. There is also scheduled afternoon recess and PE time that rotates every other day. Most classes end the day with activities such as group work, enrichment activities, free choice, clean-up and preparing to go home.
Monday through Thursday, our students are engaged in focused learning activities while at school so that additional “homework” does not need to be sent home on a daily basis. We strongly value the importance of reading so your child will be asked to read on a daily basis, in addition to practicing their memory verse and spelling words for the week. At times, they will be asked to review or reinforce concepts learned, such as math facts as an example.
Fridays are called Enrichment Fridays and are minimum days ending at noon. Chapels are generally held on Fridays and are about 30 minutes in length. They incorporate fun, multi-sensory and engaging presentations of topics that focus on the fruit of the Spirit and Christ-like character traits. Our goal is for students to leave with a clear understanding of how to be more like Jesus in their everyday lives. Fridays also provide teachers with the opportunity to meet the needs of their class with re-teaching, enrichment, or extended hands-on projects in science or art. At times special guests are brought in for enrichment or academic extension opportunities.
As much as possible, field trips are taken on Fridays. Every Friday teachers send home a student folder with completed work, as well as class and office newsletters that re-cap the week’s activities and those coming up the following week.