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Legacy Academy Earns National Accreditation


Lockesburg, ARK – Legacy Academy has achieved a significant milestone as it received official notification that it has been accredited by Cognia and its five affiliated national accrediting organizations. Formerly AdvancED, Cognia nationally recognizes schools that meet rigorous standards focused on productive learning environments, equitable resource allocation that meets the needs of learners, and effective leadership. Legacy’s accreditation is the result of a laborious multi-year process.

Accreditation is the process by which an authorized third-party organization investigates, evaluates, and affirms the educational efforts of a school. Consequently, it becomes the launchpad for continual school improvement. Based on rigorous research-based standards and evidence-based criteria, the process probes the whole institution—from policies to learning conditions and cultural context—to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of every learner. It helps education providers meet improvement goals and sustain commitments to better learner outcomes.

To earn Cognia accreditation, a school district or system also must implement a continuous process of improvement, and submit to internal and external review. Schools in good standing can maintain their accreditation for a five-year term.

Dr. Mark A. Elgart, president and CEO of Cognia, stated, “Cognia Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school and its community on the primary goal of preparing lifelong learners in engaging environments where all students can flourish. Legacy Academy is to be commended for demonstrating that it has met high standards, and is making progress on key indicators that impact student learning.”

Chad Gallagher, Legacy Academy’s founder, said, “Achieving this milestone gives us a platform from which we can continue to impact education in Southwest Arkansas, while it also recognizes the impact that we have already made in the lives of the families we serve. The Lord has always been so very faithful to us since our founding and has provided us with all the resources, people, and grace that we have needed at every turn. We are confident and full of faith that He will continue such as we remain steadfast in our obedience to Him and our mission to provide Christ-centered education in our region of the state.”

Cognia is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Parents and interested community members can learn more about the Cognia Accreditation at

Legacy Academy, located in Lockesburg, Arkansas, is built upon a faith-based system of education and development as outlined by the Bible. It is committed to providing excellence in academics through a Christ-centered education that provides students the foundation for an excellent life.

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