Academic Overview

Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy operates on a University Model Schedule and the classes are taught at an advanced or Honors pace. Legacy PCA is fully accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and AdvancEd. At Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy, our educational philosophy hinges on four components: 1) a biblical foundation, 2) emphasizing the parent’s vital role in their child’s education, 3) focusing on character training and 4) preparing each student for college and life.

The following information is an overview of the Academic Programs at Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy:

Our Educational Philosophy

At Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy we believe that our philosophy hinges on four components: 1) a biblical foundation, 2) emphasizing the parent’s vital role in their child’s education, 3) focusing on character training and 4) preparing each student for college and life.

A Biblical Foundation

A biblical foundation is key to our school’s philosophy of education.  At Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy we believe that there is onesovereign God in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. There is oneway of salvation: faith in Jesus Christ, the son of God, who lived as a man, died for the sins of all men, and was resurrected so that all who believe in their hearts and confess Jesus as Lord with their mouths will be saved. There is onebook of truth: the Bible, God’s written revelation to man, authoritative, reliable, inerrant and without need of any other document to complete its message. There is one body: the church, with its many parts acting in unison.  These beliefs drive our educational philosophy.

Education can most effectively be accomplished in an environment which recognizes that all truth is God’s truth. The fear of the Lord is the foundation of all wisdom and knowledge, and only a redeemed person can fully comprehend truth as the Holy Spirit reveals it to him. In the curricula, an emphasis on the unity of all truth and on the development of an eternal perspective for life naturally follows.

Emphasizing the Parent’s Vital Role

Scripture clearly teaches that parents are responsible for their children’s education and discipline. The school is not a substitute for the home, but is an extension of the home and one means through which parents fulfill the responsibility the Lord has given them.  At Legacy, we give time back to families in order to help them take ownership of their child’s education and have more time to play an integral role in shaping who they become. We believe in educating our parents unto the task of co-teaching and we will provide dedicated time to helping them become the best co-teacher possible.  We will seek to give parents greater access to their children by involving parents in the scholastic lives of their children’s training in a university-model structure and system.

Focus on Character Training

With core values in place, we ask every student, parent and teacher to adhere to the core values of the school.  These core values speak to the character training as the heart of Legacy.  We believe in devoted class time to character training and incorporate a monthly character trait into our daily bible lessons in the classroom.  We also believe that character can be woven and seen throughout literature, history, science and math.  We expect all faculty and staff, as well as parents, to take all opportunity to train students in the value of character.  We will stress the importance of character development as a basis for true academic success and achievement and believe that passing on these traits will build a lifelong desire to be a man or woman of character.

Preparing Each Student for College and Life

The primary goal of all Christian Education is to prepare each student to glorify God in all that he/she does.  We desire to fulfill this goal by the following:

  • Training and encouraging students to become committed disciples of Christ
  • Committing to a work ethic and doing all things “as unto the Lord.” (Col. 3:23)
  • Promoting and adhering to high academic standards.
  • Encouraging the use of good study habits.
  • Engaging in independent study and research.
  • Incorporating and integrating student activities as an important tool in the educational process and a means for building leadership skills and community

Our Philosophy of Curriculum

Our curriculum at Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy is designed to take into consideration and adhere to the principles of our Philosophy of Education and Student Goals for Learning. Legacy’s curriculum is drawn from the Christian heritage, which is based on biblical truths, foundational principles, enduring traditions, and character awareness. Each student is challenged not only academically, but also spiritually.

We are committed to the integration of faith and learning based on the conviction that God created us to be lovers and learners of Him, of our neighbors, and of all creation.  We seek curriculum with a biblical worldview and/or secondary resources with a strong biblical foundation.  We also seek curriculum that will afford parents the opportunity to engage with their students at home on off campus days.  We encourage teachers to engage all students through discussion with the curriculum regarding the value of Christian character and believe that all curriculum can and should point to the development of strong Christ-like character.  And lastly, we choose curriculum with the goal in mind of preparing students for college and life.

Students at Legacy are not just taught by a Christian faculty, but encouraged to develop the disciplines that lead to spiritual maturity. Chapel, Bible classes, and service projects are incorporated into the curriculum to energize Legacy students to discover and mature in their spiritual life.  Student Leadership and Athletics also exists alongside of academics to mold student’s spiritual maturity.

Goals For Student Learning

Committed to Christ and to Character

Commitment to Christ

  • Demonstrates knowledge and ownership of the fundamentals of the Christian faith thereby gaining a biblical worldview
  • Has a thorough understanding of and defense against other worldviews
  • Love and know God’s word as a manual for their lives
  • Deep love for others, including the nations, and actions that speak of service and selflessness

Commitment to Character

  • Accept responsibility for their actions
  • Act ethically and with integrity at all times and in all situations
  • Understand that they are created uniquely with a purpose

Responsible Citizens

  • Describe the major rights and responsibilities of citizenship
  • Participate in a variety of activities that demonstrate responsible citizenship

Learning-to-Learn Skills

Quality Work and Striving For Excellence

  • Understand and pursue learning goals and tasks
  • Ask for and respond to feedback from other sources
  • Show determination and remain on task until work is completed
  • Use external standards to provide guidance

Use of a Variety of Learning Strategies

  • Use a variety of learning strategies
  • Apply prior knowledge within a specific context
  • Use time management and personal skills (e.g., flexibility, perseverance, goal setting, planning)
  • Complete work with little or no prompting

Student Evaluation of Learning to Improve Skills

  • Examine their work using teacher-generated criteria
  • Use performance criteria to enhance the quality of their work
  • Identify learning strengths and limitations and develop strategies for improvement

Expanding and Integrating Knowledge

Knowledge and Skills Connections

  • Locate relevant information from multiple subject areas that relate to a specific topic or problem
  • Recognize different discipline-based perspectives on a specific topic or problem
  • Identify explicit relationships among concepts and processes and across subject areas

Expansion of Knowledge and Understanding

  • Apply prior knowledge from multiple subject areas to develop new knowledge and skills
  • Show an understanding of expanded knowledge and skills by connecting information from multiple subject areas

Integrated Knowledge and Skills

  • Identify multidisciplinary knowledge and skill connections to develop strategies, solve problems, and complete tasks
  • Propose solutions to problems based on knowledge and skills from various subject areas
  • Analyze proposed solutions or strategies for bias and relevance
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of solutions

Communication Skills

Clear and Purposeful Communication

  • Communicate clearly, logically, and in an organized manner to serve an intended purpose
  • Analyze communication for audience response and make needed adjustments

Integration of Communication Forms

  • Use and integrate diverse methods of communication
  • Listen to others’ ideas
  • Clarify thoughts to ensure that ideas are understood

Recognition, Analysis, and Evaluation of Communication Forms

  • Respond to various forms of verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Use criteria to evaluate, as well as strategies to improve, their communication

Thinking and Reasoning Skills

Gain New Knowledge, Organize Information, Support Inferences, and Justify Conclusions

  • Gain new knowledge by analyzing, combining, and drawing inferences from collected data
  • Place new information and knowledge into categories that can be clearly described
  • Accurately interpret new information and knowledge
  • Use logic and evidence to justify appropriate conclusions

Evaluation and Refinement of Problems

  • Accurately define a problem in multiple contexts by using teacher-generated criteria
  • Develop problem-solving strategies which include evaluating alternatives, creating a timeline, and identifying resources and action steps
  • Implement and monitor their problem-solving strategies, making revisions as necessary
  • Evaluate problem-solving strategies to show an understanding of the process

Produce Creative Ideas

  • Use prior knowledge and skills to create innovative ideas, products, or performances in multiple contexts
  • Exceed conventional work boundaries and demonstrate originality

Interpersonal Skills

Work with Others

  • Remain on task while actively participating in a variety of groups
  • Are open to ideas and suggestions from others to set and achieve goals

Management of Self in Groups

  • Use leadership behaviors to lead in groups and set an example for others
  • Evaluate their group behavior using teacher-generated criteria
  • Listen to and summarize opinions or beliefs that differ from their own

Constructive Management of Conflict

  • Analyze diverse opinions to identify common issues or shared beliefs that others hold, always leading others to the cross and Jesus Christ.
  • Use common issues or shared beliefs as a basis for further interactions

***These goals were modified based on the NSSE’s school-wide goals for student learning.