Our School’s Approach
Our School’s Approach
Driven by our mission, and informed by the three core beliefs of our model, the Legacy College Prep APPROACH is built on seven key design elements.
- Culture of PRIDE – Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Determination, Engagement
- Highly Effective, Mission-driven Teachers
- Frequent, Purposeful Data Analysis
- Pro-active Partnership with Families
- Enrichment through Mission-aligned Activities, Trips, and Clubs
- Advisory Structure
- Community Service
1. Culture of PRIDE
The PRIDE core values represent the guidelines for how we achieve our mission. Our PRIDE core values of Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Engagement allow us to positively build a structured culture where we teach scholars the importance of working hard, making others better, and doing the right thing. Our core values system includes merits for demonstrating excellent behavior and exemplifying our PRIDE values, and demerits for not following the code of conduct. Scholars who exhibit the PRIDE values are celebrated in advisory and grade-level Town Halls.
2. Highly Effective, Mission-Driven Teachers
Research explicitly points to teacher quality as the single most important indicator, within a school, for a student’s academic success. We believe that excellent instruction is key to achieving strong academic results. We recruit high quality, mission-driven teachers and put a strong emphasis on developing those teachers every day. Each teacher is observed once per week and provided feedback in the form of live coaching, written feedback, and in-person meetings with their instructional coach. Daily, teachers have access to a hands-on leadership team that brings the experience and insights to help teachers grow in their craft. We recruit the right people for our team, and then maintain a priority on the quick and targeted growth of all teachers to ensure impactful instructional practice in every classroom.
3. Frequent and Purposeful Data Analysis
Assessment data directly informs the instruction in our classrooms and the differentiated academic supports we offer. Our teachers give daily exit ticket assessments on the standards taught during that class period. These data points are used to determine whether a class and individual scholars within it have mastered the objective from that day. At the end of each unit, teachers give scholars an assessment to measure mastery of the standards. In addition to unit assessments, students take an interim assessment every trimester/quarter to assess growth and mastery. An entire professional development day is then dedicated to analyzing data from these assessments, strategizing how to improve mastery, and creating adjustments to their plans.
4. Proactive Partnership with Families
In order to provide the best education for our scholars we form partnerships with our families. The key to our partnerships is frequent communication with families and opportunities for them to interact with the school in meaningful ways. At the beginning of the year, we invite families to attend a parent orientation during which we clearly present the school’s mission, outline expectations, routines, and systems, and answer questions that families might have. Throughout the school year, we hold monthly parent seminars and/or parent universities on various topics such as: Bullying, Social-Emotional Support, Gratitude, Organizational Support, and How to Read Your Scholar‘s Data. At the High School level we also hold monthly College Seminars to help partner with families on the college application and preparation process.
In addition to these scheduled events, we send home weekly student progress reports, monthly newsletters with updates on events and activities, and hold weekly office hours with the Principal for families to ask questions. We recognize the role of the family in our scholar’s next steps.
5. Enrichments, Athletics, and Field Trips
Scholars participate in enrichment clubs, join sports teams, attend multiple field trips, and go on college visits to ensure that they have a variety of educational experiences throughout their middle and high school years.
Every afternoon for 60 minutes, students have the opportunity to join a sport or an enrichment club of their choice.
At our schools we offer the following enrichments:
- Step Club
- Dissection Club
- Beauty Academy
- Slime Club
- Anime Club
- Student Council
- National Honor Society
- National Junior Society
- Art Club
- Drum Corps
- Martial Arts
- Chess Club
- Cooking Club
At our schools we offer the following sports:
- Flag Football
- Track and Field
Scholars have an opportunity to earn Merit Celebrations each month. Here are some of the Merit Celebration Trips from prior years:
- Broadway Shows
- One World Trade
- Dave and Busters
- Movie Theater
- Bronx Zoo
- Escape Room
- Knicks Games
Finally, our middle and high school provide access to college trips every year. The Middle School offers one local trip in the fall and an overnight trip in the spring. The High School offers all scholars two local trips, one in the spring and one in the fall, and one overnight trip at the end of the year. The High School offers juniors and seniors access to over 25 different college trips to help them be better positioned to strategically select which colleges they are interested in.
6. Advisory Structure
We provide scholars with a mentorship program through our advisory structure. Every scholar is assigned to an advisory before the start of the school year. Advisories are named after various college and universities. Scholars spend 30-40 minutes per day with their advisory, allowing them to form relationships with the advisor and other students in their advisory. The advisors provide support services to students to ensure they are successful, including help with organization, frequent communication with families, one-on-one mentoring, and implementation of goal tracking systems for progress on anything scholars might be struggling.
7. Community Service
Service to the community is one of the greatest ways for our students to realize their social responsibility to the world. We organize frequent community service projects for students to participate in. At the high school level scholars have a graduation requirement of 45 hours of community service. The emphasis and importance of this requirement instills in students the value of service and help students form a habit of giving back to the community in a meaningful way.