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Our Story

Legacy Academy began through a time of ministry, a great deal of prayer, and extraordinary steps of faith. In 2005, the Lord began to put upon the hearts of founders, Chad & Jessica Gallagher, and others a mandate to serve families through Christian education in Southwest Arkansas. At the time, the Gallaghers were homeschooling their daughters in a faith-centered approach and utilizing the classical academic approach. This became the pattern and genesis for Legacy Academy. After much prayer with their church family, research and conversations with other Christian schools, and preparatory efforts, Legacy Academy opened its door with a daycare, Pre-K, and a Kindergarten class in the fall of 2007.  

The school has added a class a year, with one exception adding two levels in one year. In 2020, the school graduated its first graduates. Through the years the school has deliberately built a team of teachers who are committed to Christian education, academic excellence, and a safe environment for students. Legacy Academy parents have labored alongside teachers and founders to help establish the school. Their love, care, efforts, and work cannot be underestimated. Legacy Academy is sponsored by The Legacy Center, a local church that has carried the mission, costs, and responsibilities of the school with sacrificial joy. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gallagher

Now in our fifteenth year, Legacy continues to thrive and grow with the addition of sports, new programs, and an unfolding vision of an excellent private Christian school.

Our founders, the Gallaghers, homeschooled their daughters, Hannah and Grace, who both graduated as honors students from Ouachita Baptist University. Their years of homeschooling forged a path for Legacy Academy. Further, Mr. Gallagher's experience of discovering a walk with Christ through the kindness of a teacher named Eva Wood, who took him to church every Sunday is one that created a platform in his heart to care for students and help them discover Christ, academic excellence, purpose, destiny, and the ability to live and leave a Legacy greater than any man. 

A Letter from our Founders

Dear Parents, 

Legacy Academy truly is a special place. We only get to raise our children once and doing so is both challenging and rewarding. Legacy Academy is a place designed to partner with parents to help raise children who become thoughtful adults living Christ-centered lives. It is designed to ensure they receive a thorough education utilizing the best teaching methods and the most rigorous curriculum. Legacy Academy is designed to help build young men and women of character and nobility in a culture that so often seems to have lost its way. Further, the school is committed to providing a caring and safe environment that truly emphasizes the intrinsic value of every child. Cliques and bullying are not tolerated. Ours is a culture where every student can safely develop into whom he is meant to be and find interactions with peers both fun and encouraging. 

Starting Legacy Academy was an unexpected turn in life for us, but it has already proven to be one of the most enriching and rewarding endeavors. we've ever known, and the best is yet to come! 

Arrange a tour or a meeting today and give your child an excellent start in life!

In the faith,

Jessica & Chad Gallagher

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