The Game Plan
Athletics play a central instructional role in the life of the students at Legacy the School of Sport Sciences. In the broadest sense, Legacy’s comprehensive (athletic profession) education program of study engages students in athletics on multiple levels of experiences. Students engage in the professions of athletics on creative, integrated athletic education, exploratory, and advocacy experience levels, in addition to participating competitively.
The Legacy academic program uses inquiry-based learning, collaborative problem solving, and an interdisciplinary curriculum to prepare our students to meet and exceed the challenges of a changing global society. Utilizing the most effective educational practices, our academic program educates students to thrive as learners in an ever-changing college landscape and live a life of integrity and courageous leadership.
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Through an integrated athletic education, athletics is infused into Legacy’s core curriculum as a model of learning and deepening understanding. For example, a 9th grade baseball player, “Tom,” has decided to choose athletic administration (business industry) as his career path (endorsement). He says that his “Plan A” is to receive a Division I scholarship playing baseball, but his “Other Plan A” is to learn about athletic administration and work toward receiving a degree from a university and becoming an athletic director. Both are feasible plans that Legacy will prepare him to pursue.
The first of his many projects in the athletic administration program will be the management of the concessions stand at a basketball game. Some of the content courses that Tom will use are Algebra I, Business I, and English I to perform cash drawer sales, create marketing promotions, open and close the concession stand, calculate sales, analyze profits and losses, etc. Through the project, Tom will not simply memorize exponential functions and equations. He will use manipulatives in every subject to deeply internalize concepts, which helps ensure rigorous academic achievement and understanding.
Students engage in reading and writing across the curriculum. Technology is integrated as an educational tool for students and faculty. Athletic professions are integrated to enhance academic learning and studied as career paths. Teachers collaborate to create cross-curricular interactive projects throughout the school day. The curriculum is developed at each level using the latest findings in child and adolescent development, brain-based research, and accepted best practices.
A great advantage of being a 6-12 program is the ability to map curriculum across grade levels in order to make seamless transitions between grades and ensure that students acquire the skills needed to continue growing academically and emotionally. Teachers at the middle and high schools will dedicate time to meet regularly to reflect on curriculum and instructional strategies.
LIVING AND BREATHING THE CURRICULUM
Across the country, schools are working to find educational approaches that will prepare their students for the changing world in which they will live and work. At Legacy, we will lead the way. Through The Legacy Curriculum, students have the chance for an education that is energizing and engaging, deeply relevant, and has a lasting impact.
THE BEST IDEAS PUT IN ACTION
The Legacy Curriculum is bringing together a range of research-based best practices. We are
Shifting Ownership: Student-Driven Learning
Putting Education into Motion: Project- and Work-Based Learning
Targeting Ambitious Intellectual Goals: Higher-Level Learning
Teaching with Clear Intention: Learning by Design
Tour our school and you’ll see hands-on projects inside and outside of the classroom, open-ended real-world challenges, and more student responsibility for making decisions and solving problems. You’ll see learning in motion—students in maker spaces, at whiteboards, and using technology all over the campus. What you can’t see is the critical thinking—by students and teachers—behind all the activity.
How Do We Learn?
A POWERFUL COMBINATION
Legacy Middle School (6th, 7th, and 8th grade) students work toward declaring a career path by mastering rigorous academic material in a way that helps them develop all of the executive functioning skills needed for success in college and to have a career in an athletic–related field. Our approach to the educational program includes comprehensive field lessons, which encourage students to develop their own problem-solving strategies, work cooperatively, and think creatively.
LEARNING IN MOTION
Today, students need to do more than pass the test and get the grades. They need educational experiences that lead to deep understanding. Truly transformational education—the kind of education Legacy aims to provide— must be lived.
PERSONAL ATTENTION AND CONNECTIONS
Our faculty is skilled in connecting with students. They will know your child, and they help him/her thrive. During your child’s time at Legacy, s/he will make true personal connections with other students and faculty members that will stay with them for a lifetime.
PREPARATION FOR THE FUTURE
We don't know what the future holds. What we do know is that by helping the students learn how to work with others, learn how to learn, learn how to apply and create knowledge, and learn how to problem solve, we are giving them a solid and dynamic foundation for whatever career comes their way.
How Do We Learn?
Legacy High School curriculum prepares our students for success in college and beyond. While striving for academic excellence and growth, students are encouraged to balance a challenging course load with extracurricular involvement. Our robust college and academic counseling program ensures the structure and tools for our students to gain admittance to the most selective colleges and universities in the country. We are developing tomorrow’s leaders today. At Legacy, we pride ourselves in developing our students into the best versions of themselves. We are also focused on preparing our young men and women for what's next. Providing a solid educational foundation that emphasizes knowledge, high level thinking skills, and social skills, ensures that our students will succeed in college, in the workforce, and in life.
Our students learn the core skills and knowledge (state-required TEKS) needed to succeed in school and to prepare for college. Our cross-discipline curriculum provides the foundation for academic and personal success.
Through our project-based learning approach, students learn how to create knowledge and develop a true understanding of academic principles and global concepts. These are essential for being able to ask the right questions to solve complex problems.
ESSENTIAL 21ST CENTURY SKILLS
Today, it's not only enough to pass the test, to be a straight A student. To succeed in college and beyond, students today need to know how to communicate effectively, work well with others, and how to solve a problem. Our educational programs help to develop and nurture those skills, and more, in our students.