Academics

While some aspects of Legacy Christian School are somewhat nontraditional in their approach, we are committed to providing every student with the educational experiences necessary in order to succeed at whatever God calls them to do. Our commitment is that our students meet, and in many cases exceed, California State standards as well as experience success in taking national standardized tests. These are foundational goals within our philosophy of education. It is our goal to provide a well-rounded, balanced, educational experience for every student.

Jesus loved and valued children. This is central to everything we do. Centered within our educational philosophy is the belief that each student is God’s own unique and valuable creation. We believe students learn best in an environment where they are genuinely loved and valued. We also believe they were not created to all learn in the same way. It is our God-given responsibility to understand more about the various ways in which students learn, identify their learning styles, help them come to accept, understand and develop their styles, and work diligently and creatively to accommodate and include these styles in the learning environment. As our teachers demonstrate the love of Christ to their students, they play a vital role in ensuring the balance between maximizing individual learning experiences and the academic success of the entire class. Even in the best classroom situation not every student can always be taught in their primary learning style. Therefore, students must also be taught how to adapt to a variety of learning environments preparing them for the educational experiences they will face after they leave Legacy.

Students must also be taken beyond just acquiring knowledge and reciting facts. Deuteronomy 11:18-21 gives us a great example of purposeful life application of the knowledge and facts acquired. This will be a central focus in the educational process. Students will be challenged to think reasonably, critically, and creatively. They will be taught to understand, evaluate and examine values and worldviews that stand against the Biblical standards of truth. Since communication is a basic and essential component of life as an adult, well-developed writing and verbal communication skills will be emphasized. In today’s world, technology plays a part in most everything we do. Therefore, technology will be utilized in student learning when and where appropriate and with a balanced approach. Our goal is to cultivate within each student an understanding of how to learn, how to utilize the learning styles God has created within them and develop a love for learning. With these overarching goals in mind, our academic program will become a powerful tool in the hands of our teachers.

Our Principles of Education

  1. The instruction and education of the student in the school must be in accordance with the Word of God. The school is directly affiliated with and a ministry of Crossroads Church
  2. The home, church and the school should complement each other: promoting the student’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth.
  3. The student’s home, church and school experience and training should be preparation for a life of fellowship with God and service to man.
  4. The parent has a God-given responsibility for the education of his child. The school, and therefore the teacher, shares this responsibility as “in loco parentis” when the parent enrolls his child in the school.
  5. Teachers possess a genuine love for their students that is modeled daily in every type of interaction and classroom activity.
  6. Teachers possess gifts and abilities granted by God for the purpose of teaching, nurturing, and discipling the growth of the student spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. Also, God has given differing abilities and learning styles to each student. It is the teacher’s responsibility to challenge and teach each student according to his academic ability and learning style.
  7. The Christian teacher is not to be conformed to the world but must recognize his responsibility to exemplify Christian life in our society.

Our Educational Goals

  1. The student will accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
  2. The student will experience the love of Jesus in their life and love others in the same manner.
  3. The student’s conduct will manifest the moral and ethical teaching of God’s Word.
  4. The student will learn to think for himself and stand up for his personal convictions in the face of pressure, while at the same time respecting the views of others.
  5. The student will learn to work independently and cooperatively in applying himself to his various responsibilities and convictions.
  6. The student will become aware that whatever God’s leading may be for him, it is the calling of highest service and must be perceived as their “ministry” before God.
  7. The student will understand that God gave man the ability to be creative. Therefore, he will develop and channel his creative abilities within the framework of God’s Word.
  8. The student will learn to perceive and evaluate all creation, both God’s and man’s, within the framework of God’s Word.
  9. The student will acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function and contribute to society. To these ends, he must be taken beyond the acquisition of basic knowledge and recitation of facts while demonstrating competencies in:
  • mathematical computation, application, and critical thinking
  • reading and literature
  • well-developed writing and verbal communication skills
  • basic scientific and technological processes
  • an overall scope of history and important historical dates, events, and figures
  • geography and the social sciences
  • developing and maintaining a healthy mind and body
  • participating in and understanding the value of the fine arts
  • technology and its uses
  • basic Bible knowledge and application
  • evaluating and examining values and worldviews against the Biblical standards of truth
  • listening, analyzing, reasoning and creative-thinking skills
  • understanding how to learn and developing and maintaining the role of a lifelong learner
  • functioning effectively and responsibly as a Christian role model as it relates to being a citizen and consumer

Curriculum

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