Philosophy and Curriculum
Legacy Academy aims to train and equip young men and women through a challenging, yet enriching academic and spiritual environment. Our educational philosophy is three-fold:
to give children a Christian education in a safe environment,
to teach using classical methods that ensure academic success and develop children who are able to think soundly as adults,
and to work with parents for the development of each student’s character.
To build a strong future for our students we rely upon time-tested principles, values, and methods. Students must capture a glimpse of their future life and all that it can and should be. This dream of a bright future must be painted for them and help draw them forward each day.
Legacy Academy is built upon a value-based system of education and development as outlined by the Word of God. This system is especially relevant in the environment of the 21st century, which is global, technological, fast-paced, and very challenging. In truth, the world has more challenges and moral crises than we’ve ever seen so we must all work hard to prepare our students to navigate through life.
Legacy Academy provides an environment and culture that is able to provide not only academic excellence but also develops students of integrity, character, and confidence who are aware of their individual purpose, worth, and societal responsibility. Legacy Academy students will emerge well prepared and thoroughly equipped for any mandate or purpose that may be upon their individual lives.
Legacy Academy focuses on the holistic development of each child. Students will be developed in an environment that focuses on academics, spiritual, social, as well as physical development. Education is a tool for human development and it must shape the understanding and mentalities of students. It is a journey from ignorance to knowledge, depravity to understanding, and folly to wisdom.
It is our priority to:
Focus on the holistic development of each student
Make learning engaging and fun for every student
Acknowledge God as the source and author of all truth and fostering this love and discernment of truth
Respect that parents are their children's first and best teachers and embracing the idea of "loco parentis" (during the school day we serve temporarily in the place of parents)
Provide an environment in which each child can grow physically, emotionally, socially, academically, and spiritually
Educate children with the methodology of the "trivium"—a classical approach taking children through three stages of learning that include knowledge, understanding, then wisdom.
Create love and passion for learning and develop the skills needed to build life-long self-learners
Provide a Christian world-view for our students
The real difference between faith-based schools and all other education systems, public or private, must be traced back to its source in two antithetical world views: on the one hand, the view that takes the living God as its starting point. This view allows students to listen dependently to God’s revelation in Scripture, creation, and providence. On the other hand, there is a worldview that explicitly or implicitly denies that the God of the Bible is the source of all reality and the measure of all truth.
Inescapably, schools will train children in some view. Ours will not be a view that attempts to teach the great beauty of all knowledge, understanding, and wisdom without expressly acknowledging its source. Without shame, Legacy Academy offers a true faith-based education. We firmly believe that God cannot be divorced from learning. Knowledge cannot exist apart from Him. You cannot remove Him from the discussion of science, art, history, math, language, or any other subject. He is the source of all things. Knowledge does not exist in a vacuum and schools should exist to assist parents in training children in a correct world and life view.
Legacy Academy employs the classical approach to education. It is a time-tested method, which can vigorously prepare our students for life. It provides for intellectual development, academic achievement, and moral stability.
At its core, this method is an approach to learning. We believe it is essential that children not only gather information for passing exams but that each student learns how to learn. This approach to education provides children the educational tools needed to both learn and think for themselves.
The time-honored teaching method employed at Legacy is known as the trivium, which imparts the basic tools of learning to the student.
To deliver a Classical Education we utilize the Trivium, a method of learning that takes students through three stages of learning over their school experience and in each subject. Learn more about the Trivium on our page about Classical Education here.
At Legacy Academy, we used a wide and diverse set of curriculum that is all classically aligned. All Legacy curriculum teachers part to whole. For example, Legacy utilizes phonics-based curriculums over "whole language" curriculum when teaching reading. This gives students all phonetic sounds as the grammar of reading. In history, events are taught repetitively and in chronological order. Sadly, most schools teach history by jumping around. Legacy uses Saxon Math, Apologia Science, Shurley English, Classical Roots Latin, Story of the World elementary history, Veritas Press' Omnibus Literature amongst many others.
The key is that our curriculum must align with the classical approach and focus on true mastery for students. We do not and will not teach to any standardized test. We are less concerned about a student's ability to cram for and perform well on a standardized test; yet are much more concerned about their actual learning how to learn and master the material of every subject so they own and understand the knowledge--allowing them to utilize it for the rest of their lives.
Other Methods and Philosophies:
Recognition of Demonstrated Character
We seek to develop young men and women who excel in moral character, as well as academics. We will reinforce this through practical activities, such as:
Bible study—students formally study the Bible in class and it is a regular source for teachers to refer to throughout the day in daily conversations.
Recognition of honors and awards in academic and co-curricular excellence, but also recognizes students for the nobility of character.
Legacy Academy will also emphasize celebratory announcements and affirmation to children regarding the demonstration of proper character.
Exposure to Build Global Awareness
Legacy Academy is committed to the inclusion of students from other cultures, nationalities, and languages as part of its creation of a globally sensitive learning environment. We live in a world in which every part of the globe is more closely relating to each other than ever before. We are aware of this and want to build children who have a global perspective of the world and are thoroughly equipped for interacting with its complexities. This mix of abilities and cultures provides greater scope for creativity by the staff in planning and implementing lessons, and a widening of the students’ learning styles and experiences.
One of the key principles espoused by Legacy Academy is that of shared ownership. It is of great benefit to the Legacy Academy student to have a strong and cooperative relationship between the school and parents/guardians. Parents are urged and called upon to participate, own, and involve themselves in the Legacy Academy process. This takes the form of supporting the values of the school within the home, enforcing school rules, sharing with the student body practical aspects of work life, monetary, or in-kind donations. Beyond the involvement of parents and guardians, Legacy Academy also draws on the expertise and participation of the wider community.
The purpose of school rules is to provide an orderly and harmonious environment for all members of the Legacy Academy community and to help all students attain their maximum potential. In addition, rules teach students how to order their lives and practice respect for others. Rules thus assist in developing disciplined lifestyles and good character which benefit students their whole lives. Legacy Academy rules are not only clearly proclaimed, but they also are transparently, justly, and universally enforced. The school’s rules are not intended to be exhaustive, but to cover the main principles of conduct and some particularly important specific matters.
Regularity and punctuality
Respect for property
Respect for authority
How to treat others, including their peers considerately and thoughtfully
Conduct outside school
We Are Different…
We teach differently because we have a different perspective on the Child. We believe that each child is nothing less than the Divine Image, an icon of the invisible God.
We assess our work differently because we have higher standards.
Our worldview is different because Christ is central.
This paradigm shift creates a number of challenging practical problems, perhaps none of which is more significant than the problem of communicating it to the contemporary audience. The virtuous person is disciplined, purposeful, and focused in both thinking and behavior. In proper education, we cultivate the moral virtues, the physical virtues, and the intellectual virtues. By refining all of them, we are enabled to bring them into a harmony that we can justly call integrity.
We believe that every child is God’s own unique and beautiful craftsmanship. We believe there is a specific call for each child’s life that is only found in a relationship with Christ. We believe that children need a Christian environment and worldview for development that will thoroughly prepare them for the great exploits that await them. We believe that Christian students should be the brightest academically, most upstanding morally, well developed emotionally, adept socially, as well as alert and sensitive spiritually.
We would consider it our pleasure to assist you in developing your child into this type of person. At Legacy Academy, your child will be valued, nurtured, loved, and challenged.