Legacy Early College is a public charter school located in Greenville’s West End. Legacy's education model combines academic excellence, nutrition, and fitness. Legacy is a school of 80 percent mastery, serves only nutritious meals and is the only public school in SC that provides daily PE for every scholar. Scholars are also taught core social, relationship, and emotional skills.
Our school originated in 2010 through the vision of businessman William Brown, a lifelong advocate of education. Today Legacy occupies the site of the historic Parker High School and the former Greenville County Fine Arts Center.
To offer a quality, rigorous, and relevant educational program leading to college graduation and empowering underserved urban students to become productive, healthy, principled citizens in a changing society.
To see every child to and through college.
Legacy Early College has three divisions on two campuses in West Greenville. The Elementary School provides academic foundations for scholars in grades K5-4. The Middle School provides a seamless transition for scholars in grades 5-8. And the Early College High School completes the journey by preparing scholars for college and career via a customized learning approach that centers on scholars qualifying to take college courses at Greenville Technical College while in high school.
Legacy Early College’s teaching and learning is guided by ADEPT; the Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating of Professional Teaching. We strongly believe that with a balance of challenge and support, all scholars will flourish. Our small class sizes, personalized learning experiences and support programs enable all scholars to be successful. Our educators believe every scholar at Legacy Early College will attend and graduate from college.
In a school climate where caring, support, and high expectations are the norm, scholars are able to focus on academic and physical fitness in preparation for a bright future every day.
Today, Legacy Early College is a school that reflects both the West End renewal and the Sterling community tradition of pride and excellence. Here, a progressive curriculum based on “Common Core” state standards is delivered via a nationally recognized system for teaching and learning. Here too, community and family are essential parts of the learning environment and interaction with others is based on a code of traditional values and respect. Here, instruction is delivered through technology-based educational tools like “Promethean Boards,” iPads, and hand-held devices for mathematics like the TI-nspire navigation system. Here, creativity and expression are encouraged not only in music and art classes, but also in traditional academics.
A Legacy Early College (LEC) scholar accepts academic rigor as the main focus of high school, expects to attend college for training or a degree, has reached the maturity and skills level required to begin taking college courses, has reached a developmental level that allows independent work, and seeks the challenge to learn and to grow.
LEC is "Where the future begins" because of the possibilities available to its scholars. Located at 900 Woodside Ave, this school occupies a unique position in Greenville County. The LEC scholars are able to use facilities on any of the Greenville Technical College (GTC) campuses as well as enroll in the college's classes.
With the combination of academic rigor and technical courses, LEC produces students who are capable of meeting the demands of other academic institutions and/or the workplace. LEC scholars become valued contributors to the community and their school by volunteering their time and energy. Each scholar completes fifty hours of community service in a single school year. Our scholars' contributions make great things happen at Legacy Early College and in the community.
- Believe in themselves.
- Promptly seek assistance from any faculty, staff, or administration when necessary.
- Prepare for classes and bring all necessary materials to class.
- Ask for help. Each scholar is a member of a team that is working for success.
- Get involved in student government, athletics, and other school sponsored organizations and activities.
- Be treated as an exceptional human being.
- Receive a great education. Teachers should be free to teach and students free to learn without being interrupted by inconsiderate or disruptive students.
- Be safe in school environment.
- Have personal property respected.
- Be free from physical abuse and/or mental abuse such as name calling, intimidation, harassment, or vulgar language. Swearing and use of inappropriate language are not acceptable. (Refer to the LEC Code of Conduct.)
- Be free from mocking or isolation because of race, sex, religion, or any individual differences.
- Be respected by others.
- Have privacy.
- Have personal freedom to express ideas and develop one's own personality, as long as it does not interfere with the rights of others, without disrespectful criticism or pressure from peers and cliques.
- Be respectful of other scholars, faculty, staff, administration, parents, visitors, and members of the Greenville Technical College community.
- Be respectful of school property and campus facilities.
- Be responsible for learning. Learning is the scholar's primary responsibility. Socializing inappropriately during classes interferes with both learning and the general atmosphere of the classroom.
- Be prepared and complete all homework assignments. Be responsible for taking all materials to each class.
- Put forth the best effort at all times.
- Atmosphere in the classroom conducive to learning without behaviors that disrupt;
- School atmosphere in which scholars can expand their minds and grow in wisdom;
- Safe environment in which to learn and study.
Parent/guardian rights include:
- Knowing what is expected of their child;
- Knowing what and how their child is being taught;
- Knowing, on a timely basis, what progress their child is making;
- Being informed when their child experiences difficulty;
- Seeing their child's school records;
- Visiting the school and talking to teachers and administration;
- Assisting and participating in educational decision making; and
- Being treated with courtesy and respect by school personnel.
Parent/guardian responsibilities include:
- Sending their child to school rested, clean, nourished, and ready to learn;
- Ensuring their child attends school regularly and arrives on time;
- Being aware of their child’s class assignments, progress and problems; responding to communication;
- Maintaining ongoing contact with their child's teachers and with administration; responding to communication;
- Reinforcing at home the importance of acquiring the knowledge, skills, and values needed to function in society;
- Volunteering time, skill, and resources when needed and possible; 20 hours per school year;
- Taking part in school and community programs that serve to empower them through participation in making educational decisions.
- We offer a private school education at public school prices - FREE.
- Every scholar is expected, and provided with the support needed, to graduate from college.
- With a focus on fitness, we are the only school in South Carolina that requires our scholars to participate in daily physical education.
- Proper diet is emphasized with nutrition education and healthy breakfasts and lunches served daily, along with dinner for scholars in the after-school program.
- Scholars have opportunities to attend camps and trips to educate, motivate, and empower them to succeed.
- Elementary scholars participate in strings, percussion, and chorus classes.
- Extended day programs and summer school is included for both academic and enrichment.
- Our early college partnership with Greenville Technical College allows our scholars to earn college transfer credits.
- As a school of mastery, scholars must achieve 80% competency to receive credits; scholars not achieving 80% must attend mandatory academic assistance.
- A public school which is a nonprofit corporation operating within a public school district;
- An avenue for parents, teachers, and community members to create new and more flexible ways of educating students.
- Open enrollment – any student eligible to attend Greenville County Schools may attend with no admission tests or admission standards; no tuition;
- Same federal, state, and local money flows through the local school district;
- Must be accountable, meeting all State/Federal standards for student achievement;
- Governed by a board elected by parents and teachers;
- Has flexibility to innovate with the curriculum and faculty;
- Requires parental involvement;
- Must meet the guidelines set forth in its charter.
- An autonomous high school located on or near a college with an enrollment of less than 110 students per grade;
- Supplements course offerings by enrolling students in college courses for secondary and post-secondary credit (dual credit);
- Early Colleges graduate students with a high school diploma and some post-secondary credits;
- Early Colleges encourage students to remain for a fifth year to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree;
- Early Colleges are associated with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Middle College National Consortium.
- who want a small school with an individualized learning program;
- who want to begin taking college courses while in high school – free;
- who are especially interested in the programs offered at the Greenville Technical College.
- A strong academic foundation with small student teacher ratio;
- Project-based curriculum modeled after real world practices for active, engaged learning;
- Mastery learning and required academic assistance;
- High expectations for all, no levels or tracks;
- Advisor/Advisee, providing career and academic advisement;
- Individualized Learning Plan for all students;
- Business partners and mentoring program;
- Required community service;
- Required capstone project for graduation;
- Uniform dress code;
- And highly qualified and caring faculty/staff.