High School Policies and Procedures
- Scholar Agenda
- Scholar Code of Conduct
- Code of Conduct Philosophy
- Legacy Early College High School Scholar's Bill of Rights
- Cell Phone Policy
- Scholar Parking
- Hall Passes
- Restricted Areas
- Arrival and Dismissal
- Closed Campus Policy
- Car Riders and Bus Riders
- Scholar Debt
- Homecoming / Prom
- Course Assessments / Exams
- EOC Tests - South Carolina End-of-Course Testing
- Grading & Report Cards
- Content Recovery
- Credit Recovery
- Promotion Policy
- Graduation Requirements
- College Admission Requirements
- Graduation Ceremony
- Scholar Absences and Participation in Extracurricular Events
- Lion of the Month
- Early College Program
- Eligibility Guidelines for Taking Early College Classes
- Restorative Learning
- Guidance Program
- College Counseling
- Power Hour
- Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Scholar-Led Conferences / Individualized Graduation Plans (IGPs)
- Schedule Changes and Procedures
- Withdrawals and Transfers
- Athletic Information
- Rules for Attendance at Games and Other After School Hours Activities
All Legacy Early College High School (LECHS) scholars will be issued agendas. Agendas are to be used as a hall pass anytime scholars are in the hallway during class time. Scholars must have a sign out and sign in time initialed by a teacher or staff member upon exit and arrival from the classroom. Scholars who lose their agenda will have to pay $5 to secure a replacement.
Mutual respect between scholars and teachers is expected. The general responsibility of discipline rests with the faculty. Each teacher has the authority to enforce discipline. Cooperation and self-discipline are expected. Teachers will uphold conduct policies as outlined in the Code of Conduct adopted by the Legacy Early College Board of Directors. A copy is included in this handbook and on the school website.
Persistent or uncontrollable misconduct will be referred to the Dean of Culture/Behavior Specialist for disciplinary action. Appropriate and consistent measures will be taken to eliminate undesirable conduct. A discipline referral indicates serious misbehavior. Scholars being removed from a classroom for disruptive behavior will be sent to the discipline designee.
NOTE: The administration reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of behavior and dress. Authority to suspend scholars is prescribed by South Carolina Law.
LECHS is unequivocally committed to the principle that disorderly and disruptive behavior shall not be permitted to interfere with the right of other scholars to pursue an education, nor will improper conduct be tolerated. The school will make every reasonable effort to keep scholars within the school’s sphere of influence, and suspension will be used only as a last resort. Nevertheless, any scholar’s conduct that chronically disrupts teaching and learning, brings disorder to the school, or infringes upon the rights or safety of others is a basis for probation, suspension and/or expulsion. Principals and teachers are authorized by the Board of Directors to maintain and preserve order and discipline in schools and classrooms. Scholars and their parents are urged to read the Discipline Code. If scholars or parents have questions regarding the Discipline Code, please contact the school principal.
Each scholar at LECHS has the right to:
- Be treated as an exceptional human being.
- Receive a quality education. Teachers should be free to teach and scholars free to learn without being interrupted by inconsiderate or disruptive behavior.
- Be safe in a 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 LECHS Code of Conduct).
- Be free from mocking or isolation because of race, sex, religion, or any individual differences.
- Be respected by others.
- 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.
Scholars who choose to bring cell phones to school must keep them in their lockers, book bags/purses, vehicles or another appropriate location determined by the school administration. Administration reserves the right to monitor and adjust policies to ensure a productive and positive academic environment.
No LECHS scholar is permitted to use a cellphone, have a cellphone out, or charge a cellphone during class time. “Class time” is defined as Advisory, 1st period, 2nd period, 3rd period and 4 period. Scholars are also not allowed to use their cellphone in the hallway, or restroom during class time. If a scholar's phone is visible during these times, any teacher and/or administrator can issue a referral. The first offense will result in 1 day of ISS (in-school suspension) and a parent phone call. Each offense thereafter will result in 1 day of OSS (out-of-school suspension). Please note that scholars are still allowed to use their cellphones during class transition time, breakfast, and lunch. This policy includes but is not limited to cellphones, smartwatches, and other personal devices such as iPads and tablets.
Lockers will be issued at the beginning of the school year to scholars desiring lockers. The school reserves the right to charge a $3 rental fee for reserving a locker. Lockers and locks are property of LECHS and will be periodically inspected. Any locker or lock not working properly should be reported to the appropriate administrator. Lockers are for scholars’ convenience. Scholars are reminded that lockers can be broken into, and that items taken are not insured by the school. The school will not assume responsibility for the lost, missing, or stolen contents of a locker.
Any scholars driving to LECHS must have a current LECHS parking tag. Parking tags cost $20 and will be sold during early registration/orientation and throughout the school year. The cost for the tag will be prorated. Purchases after the first quarter will cost $15, after the second quarter $10, and after the third quarter $5. In order to purchase a parking tag, scholars must present their driver’s license and proof of insurance for the vehicle that will be driven to LECHS.
Scholars should hang parking tags from the rear view mirror, and park in the area lot designated for scholars. Any deviation from this assigned area will result in disciplinary action, or the possibility of the vehicle being towed or fined. Scholars may also lose parking privileges. Similarly, any scholar driving to school without a valid parking tag will be subject to disciplinary action, being towed, fined, and/or the permanent denial of parking privileges.
It is the scholar’s responsibility to arrive at school on time. Scholars are expected to leave their cars as soon as they arrive on campus. No scholar is to remain in his/her vehicle, or stand around vehicles after arriving at school. Scholars are not to loiter in the parking lot after dismissal. Scholars are not to return to their vehicles during the school day. Going into the scholar parking area during the school day without administrative approval will result in a disciplinary consequence potentially resulting in the loss of parking privileges. LECHS is not responsible for the theft or vandalism of cars.
Scholars are not permitted in the halls during class periods unless they are accompanied by a teacher, or have their agenda or a Legacy hall-pass signed by teacher or administrator. The scholar’s name, date, time, destination, and teacher signature must be present and legible. The pass gives the scholar permission to go straight to the destination without stopping at points along the way. Non-Legacy hall-passes such as sticky notes, blank and ruled paper are not acceptable.
Any scholar in a restricted area without written permission will be referred to the administration with the possibility of lunch detention, ISS or OSS as a consequence. Restricted areas include but are not limited to:
- Parking lots (bus, scholars’, and teachers’) during school hours. The bus loading area is limited to bus riders only.
- All middle school classroom wings/halls unless to attend a class or legitimate activity.
- Lunch periods or gym areas when not scheduled to be there.
- Media Center, courtyard, Early College Center without permission.
- Restrooms in the fitness center, fine arts, and gym can only be used when scheduled during that period.
- The area behind the counters in both of the main offices.
- All areas outside of the buildings unless in a legitimate class activity under teacher supervision or during transition.
- Faculty workrooms are off limits at all times.
Scholars are allowed to enter the cafeteria at 7:40 AM.
School doors are locked until 7:55 AM. Parents retain responsibility for scholar supervision until 7:30 AM.
Parents should pick up scholars no later than 4:15 PM Mondays-Thursdays and 2:00 PM on Fridays, unless the scholar is participating in an extended day program.
Scholars are to exit the building by 4:00 PM and be off campus by 4:15 PM unless waiting as a car rider in the designated area. Scholars attending after-school tutorial or activities; i.e., Power Hour, athletics, or other clubs must be with their activity sponsor by 4:00 PM.
Any scholar found wandering the building or loitering on campus, will be asked to leave. Disciplinary action may be taken against repeat violators.
LECHS operates under a closed campus policy, therefore scholars are not allowed to leave campus during normal school days (7:45 AM – 3:45 PM) without following early dismissal procedures. Scholars who leave without permission will be disciplined. Persons entering campus must sign in to the front office and receive a visitor’s pass. All visitors must also sign out upon leaving the campus. Unauthorized individuals are subject to arrest and prosecution. Scholars can only go to the parking lot during the school day with administrative approval.
These scholars are expected to exit the building promptly after school. If scholars need to use the bathroom or see a teacher, they should do so before 4:00 PM. Once scholars are outside, they may not return into the building. If a scholar refuses to exit the building or causes a disturbance either inside or outside, disciplinary action will be taken.
LECHS’ homecoming is held during the fall each year. Prom is held during the spring. Formal or semi-formal attire is required. Scholars may purchase a ticket for themselves and a ticket for one guest. Any person who attends prom must have a ticket. There will be no refunds if a person later decides not to attend. Prom tickets will be distributed upon purchase. Announcements will be made regarding the deadline for purchasing tickets. No tickets will be sold after the deadline. Tickets must be presented at the door in order to enter. Respective scholar council officers will be responsible for making a decision about each dance. Scholars with outstanding debt will not be allowed to purchase tickets or to attend prom. Scholars desiring to bring non-LECHS dates must be approved by LECHS Administration. All guests must be at least high school freshmen, and be no older than 20.
Examinations are considered an important part of our educational program and are used to guide teaching and learning.
Finals will be administered in all subjects and will count as 20% of the total course grade.
State End-Of-Course exams will count as 20% of the course grade unless directed otherwise by the Department of Education.
All scholars who are enrolled in English I, Biology, Algebra I, and U. S. History must take a state exam at the end of the course that determines the scholar’s mastery of state standards in those subject areas. The exam grade is averaged as 20% of a scholar’s second semester grade in the course. The EOC requires year-long preparation; therefore, parents must work closely with teachers to help scholars attend classes regularly.
Although Legacy Early College High School follows the South Carolina Uniform GradingScale, LECHS is a mastery school. In order to achieve mastery and course credit a scholar must earn 80% or higher in each course. To receive credit for a course a scholar must complete all instructional requirements and comply with the attendance policy. Failure to meet both requirements will result in no credit earned. Please note that scholars with excessive absences will receive a FA (failure due to absences).
Grades earned by scholars are numerical and weighted as follows:
- F1 = Q1 (40%) +Q2 (40%) +E1 (20%)
Quarter Grades will be determined using the following weights:
- Daily Activities (homework, classwork, etc.): 30%
- Quizzes: 30%
- Tests/Projects: 40%
If a scholar does not receive a credit for a required course for graduation they will be enrolled in an online Credit Recovery version of this course. Credit Recovery courses allow scholars to earn the necessary credit to matriculate towards graduation, but they do not impact GPA. Upon successful completion of the Credit Recovery course the scholar will be issued a grade of P (Pass) on their transcript for the course.
The units that must be earned for a South Carolina High School diploma are:
- Language Arts (English) 4 units
- Mathematics 4 units
- US History 1 unit
- American Government ½
- Economics ½
- *Other Social Studies 1
- *Science 3
- Computer Science 1
- Foreign Language or Occupational Education 1
- Physical Education/JROTC 1
- Electives 7
- TOTAL CARNEGIE UNITS 24
*Units earned beyond the required number will be counted as electives.
In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, scholars must also complete a minimum of 120 hours of community/school service (30 hours per year).
FOUR UNITS OF ENGLISH: All four units must have strong reading (including works of fiction and non-fiction), writing, communicating, and researching components. It is strongly recommended that students take two units that are literature based, including American, British, and World Literature.
FOUR UNITS OF MATHEMATICS: These units must include Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. A fourth higher-level mathematics unit should be taken before or during the senior year.
THREE UNITS OF LABORATORY SCIENCE: Two units must be taken in two different fields of the physical, earth, or life sciences and selected from among biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science. The third unit may be from the same field as one of the first two units (biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science) or from any laboratory science for which biology, chemistry, physics and/or earth science is a prerequisite. Courses in general or introductory science for which one of these four units is not a prerequisite will not meet this requirement. It’s strongly recommended that students desiring to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering or technology take one course in all four fields: biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science.
TWO UNITS OF THE SAME WORLD LANGUAGE: Two units with a heavy emphasis on language acquisition. (At the time of publication, Clemson and the College of Charleston require three years of the same world language.)
THREE UNITS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE: One unit of U.S. History, a half unit of Economics, and a half unit of Government are required. World History or Geography is strongly recommended.
ONE UNIT OF FINE ARTS: One unit in appreciation of, history of, or performance in one of the fine arts. This unit should be selected from among media/digital arts, dance, music, theater, or visual and spatial arts.
ONE UNIT OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION OR ROTC. One unit of physical education to include one semester of personal fitness and another semester in lifetime fitness. Exemption applies to students enrolled in Junior ROTC and for students exempted because of physical disability or for religious reasons.
TWO UNITS OF ELECTIVES: Two units must be taken as electives. A college preparatory course in Computer Science (i.e., one involving significant programming content, not simply keyboarding or using applications) is strongly recommended for this elective. Other acceptable electives include college preparatory courses in English; fine arts; foreign languages; social science; humanities; mathematics; physical education; and laboratory science (courses for which biology, chemistry, physics earth science is a prerequisite).
For Additional Information Visit: http://www.che.sc.gov/New_Web/GoingToCollege/CollPrepPrereq.htm
Participation in graduation is a privilege and certain guidelines must be followed:
- Scholars must have caps, gowns and diploma cover to participate. Cap and gown must be purchased from the school’s vendor during the current school year. No other graduation paraphernalia is acceptable. Honor cords/stoles must be approved by the principal or designee.
- Only seniors receiving state diplomas are eligible to participate.
- All practices are mandatory. If scholars do not attend practice, they cannot participate unless approved by the principal.
- Scholars must be on time for rehearsals.
- All school rules and district discipline procedures are in effect at all practices and at graduation exercises.
- Graduation is a dignified ceremony and appropriate behavior is expected from scholars and guests. Detailed information will be given to seniors in the spring outlining appropriate dress and behavior.
- Valedictorian – Scholar ranked number one in the senior class with the highest GPA
- Salutatorian – Scholar ranked number two in the senior class with the second-highest GPA
- Graduates with High Honors – Senior scholars with a GPA of 4.5 or above.
- Graduates with Honors – Senior scholars with a GPA of 4.0-4.49
Scholars are not eligible to participate in any extracurricular events unless they are present at least 2 periods that day. This participation includes but is not limited to athletic events, band or choral performances, club activities, competitions, and prom. Suspended scholars are ineligible to participate in or attend any school activity during their suspension.
High school scholars must integrate seamlessly into a school environment of Carnegie units and GPAs. As we embark on this collective endeavor, LECHS applauds and recognizes the special efforts and character of scholars as they prepare for higher education. The Lion of the Month award recognizes scholars who exhibit qualities consistent with the school’s mission and character strengths (Every Minute Matters, Beyond the Call of Duty, Scholars Above Self, Joy in the Journey). On a monthly basis, teachers nominate scholars as “Lions of the Month.” All scholars nominated are honored with a certificate and are celebrated by school administration, faculty and peers.
- Scholars must successfully pass the ACCUPLACER placement test in one or more parts, as well as successfully completed English 1 and Algebra 1 to be eligible to take college classes at Greenville Tech. ACT (19 on English & Math) and SAT (480 on Reading & Math) scores are accepted in lieu of the ACCUPLACER test.
- Scholars must at least be a junior to take college classes at North Greenville University.
- Scholars must be proficient (80 or above) in all of their LECHS classes and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
- Scholars must show other areas of responsibility. Indicators of responsibility include initiative, determination, commitment, discipline, and attendance.
- Scholars must also receive positive teacher recommendations.
- Once admitted into the Dual Enrollment program, scholars must remain proficient (C or above) in all of their early college classes.
Scholars will be encouraged to take early college classes based on the above guidelines. It is our vision that all scholars participate in Early College classes. It is at the discretion of LECHS to limit the number and type of courses allowed. When scholars are in an Early College class, the rules of LECHS and the college apply. This includes, but is not limited to the LECHS dress code. By state law, a scholar has 5 days to drop a semester class. If a LECHS scholar withdraws from a college class after the initial drop date, he/she will receive a “W,” be required to pay for the textbook, and will lose the opportunity to take college classes for at least one semester.
If a LECHS scholar earns a “D” in a college course, the scholar loses the opportunity to take any college courses for at least a semester, and must repay and retake the course at his/her own expense.
In the event a LECHS scholar earns an “F” in a college course, the opportunity will be lost to take any college courses for two semesters. Scholars must repay and retake the course at his/her own expense.
Seniors that have failed a course and are eligible for graduation must repay the course fee prior to graduation.
At LECHS, we believe that discipline is proactive, instructive, and restorative with consistent implementation. Our restorative discipline process will encourage scholars to be introspective and accountable for their actions, as opposed to merely being regretful.
Thus, consequences for misconduct may include, but are not limited to:
- Warning/ Verbal correction
- Phone call to parent
- Teacher-scholar-parent conference
- Lunch detention
- Special assignment (Work Detail)/ Community restoration activity
- Loss of extracurricular privileges
- Loss of incentives and school trips
- Administrative counseling / Behavior contract
- Letter of probation
- In School Suspension
- Out of School Suspension
- Expulsion (permanent removal from school)
The Dean of Culture and/or the Behavior Specialist may assign scholars lunch detention for minor infractions that occur throughout the day. Scholars assigned lunch detention will receive a Google Calendar invite outlining the date(s) of the assigned detention with an embedded reminder, however it is the scholar’s responsibility to get lunch and report to the designated location by the stipulated time. During this time scholars are not permitted to use technology or engage in conversations with other scholars. Failure to serve lunch detention will result in a rescheduled lunch detention. If both detentions are not served, ISS may be assigned.
LECHS utilizes restorative measures to equip scholars temporarily placed in an alternative learning environment on campus, with the tools necessary for self-regulation and reform, through tasks designed to induce awareness and self-accountability. Scholars will be referred to the Director of Mindfulness for these services.
The guidance program at the LECHS is designed to prepare every scholar to be college, career, and life ready by graduation. The guidance department specializes in providing a comprehensive program which includes individual counseling, small group sessions, and classroom guidance. Additionally, our counselor provides teacher and parent consulting on an as-needed basis. Our guidance counselor may be contacted through our school.
Scholars will be matched with a faculty member in a gender-based advisory, when possible, of 10-20 scholars. Advisors will meet with their advisories for about 40 minutes each day, and conference with each advisee at least once a week. As scholars matriculate through LECHS, it is important that we continue to provide support and a small-school atmosphere to our scholars and families.
Advisories will remain together for all four years of high school. Scholars’ advisors will develop strong relationships with their advisees and will also serve as the first point of contact for nearly every aspect of school life with scholars and families. Four areas of focus for advisory are academic success, college readiness, service learning, and self-awareness. The areas are described in more detail below:
- Academic Success
- Study Skills: exposure to strategies to increase achievement
- Guidance: academic progress monitoring and review of report cards
- College Readiness
- Early college knowledge during freshman and sophomore years
- College placement support in conjunction with the scholar’s college counselor during junior and senior years
- Professional/Career development and enrichment opportunities such as summer internships and travel opportunities
- Service Learning
- Guidance and participation in service learning projects
- Reflection and study of personal impact on the community
- Opportunity for goal setting and self-reflection
- Encouraging character development and teamwork through summer programming, extracurricular activities and wellness activities/sports
Parent/guardian/teacher conferences are an important element of successful scholar progress. Parents/guardians may initiate a conference by calling the Guidance Office and making an appointment with the teacher team. When a parent/guardian requests a conference with the teacher team, the team will attempt to arrange a mutually convenient time. Conferences are planned around the team’s schedule, will not interfere with class time, and may not include all team members. Conferences with specific team members should be requested at the time of the call. If a parent/guardian cannot attend a scheduled conference, the school must be notified as far in advance as possible.
Any scholar who decides to withdraw from school or transfer must notify the Registrar/Guidance Office, and secure a withdrawal form. This form must be completed before a scholar can be properly released. All debts must be paid, and all books returned. The scholar must be cleared by the cafeteria, textbook administrator, and health room prior to permanent record information being sent to any school or agency. A parent must contact the school to verify their scholar’s withdrawal. If a scholar withdraws from a class and/or is expelled, they will receive a W/F.
Scholar participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege that a scholar earns through proper conduct and academic achievement. A scholar may be denied the privilege of participating in an extracurricular activity and/or an event when the scholar’s conduct is not consistent with Board Policy; the Behavior Code and/or academic standards of Legacy Early College School; and/or the conduct expectations and/or academic standards of the particular activity. Extracurricular activities include, but are not limited to, athletic teams, academic clubs/teams, prom, graduation exercises, and attendance at any school function outside of the normal school day.
The athletic program is a vital part of our school. It provides physical and mental training for participants, and recreational and social outlets for scholars, parents, and visitors. The program is supported entirely by gate receipts, making it important for everyone to assist in making our athletic contests desirable events to attend for both scholars and visitors. Scholars interested in going out for athletic teams should check with coaches about six weeks before a particular sports season in order to begin practice on time and to establish eligibility. In general, a scholar must have a physical, a birth certificate, meet eligibility requirements, pay an activity fee, have insurance, and must not play on any team except the school team during the season of the sport for which he/she has been certified. Scholars cannot quit one sport to join another sport before the season ends for the first sport. In addition, if scholars are dismissed from one sport for disciplinary reasons, they may not join another sport before the season ends for the first sport. A complete list of requirements for eligibility is available from the Athletic Director.
The Following Sports May be Provided:
Cross Country (Boys & Girls)…....middle - high school
Soccer (Boys & Girls)…................middle - high school
Junior Varsity Cheerleading ……..middle - high school
Varsity Basketball (Boys & Girls)………..high school
Junior V. Basketball (Boys & Girls) ......middle - high school
Varsity Track (Boys & Girls)…… middle - high school
Volleyball (Girls)…………………middle - high school
All LECHS fans are expected to treat visiting teams and officials as guests and to extend to them our every courtesy. Scholars are expected to behave according to school rules any time they are attending a school-sponsored activity.
The LECHS staff and administration strive to ensure the safety and security of all scholars. The school asks therefore that scholars be picked up promptly after the evening activities. Any scholar who is suspended cannot attend sporting events and or extracurricular activities.
Please speak to sponsors of any after-school or evening activity to get information on beginning and ending times for activities or field trips. We expect all scholars to be picked up within 15 minutes of the ending time of any activity or field trip.