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Message from the High school Principal

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!

As principal of Legacy Early College High School (LECHS), it is my pleasure to welcome you to our family for the 2021-2022 school year! Here at LECHS, we believe that “Teamwork makes the dream work” and we consider it a true privilege to support our scholars as they work hard to achieve their dreams.

Our mission is to see every scholar to and through college and our early college program ensures that scholars earn college credits while in high school. Over the past three years, we have grown our Dual Enrollment program from 25 scholars to over 140 while in partnership with Greenville Technical College, North Greenville University, and now, Southern Wesleyan University. We continue to expand our college course options and college partnerships, and have invested millions of dollars in a state-of-the-art College Center—a facility that allows additional college classes to be taught on our campus. Scholars have earned anywhere from 3 to 60 credit hours towards their college degree while still in high school. This past year, we celebrated our first scholar graduating with both a high school diploma and an associate degree from Greenville Technical College.

In addition to our focus on Dual Enrollment, we also consider our school to be a family—and families look out for each other. Every afternoon, all scholars attend a small group Advisory session where they are mentored by a Legacy staff member. These sessions focus on a range of academic and social-emotional topics, including improved literacy rates, succeeding on the ACT, and conferences surrounding grades and attendance.

I am honored to serve as principal and be a part of the LECHS family where parents, scholars, and teachers care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth. Thank you for entrusting us with your scholar’s success and for joining our commitment to seeing every scholar to and through college. We can’t wait to see you this school year! As I enter my fourth year as school leader, I’m excited about this year being “better than ever.”

Scholars First,

LaCheryl Smith

Our highly-qualified staff of professional educators and support personnel, is committed to providing you with unyielding support. Our mission and belief is that all scholars will graduate from Legacy Early College, college bound.

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About the High School Program

Academics is the first priority of every scholar enrolled at Legacy Early College High School.

Scholars are placed in demanding, rigorous academic courses.  South Carolina Academic Achievement Standards are used as a basis to develop curriculum frameworks and learning standards for each academic area.

All science, mathematics, language arts and history courses listed in the LECHS Curriculum Guide are offered to all scholars. A scholar’s program of study may include additional courses not offered at LECHS. Through a dual credit program, through North Greenville University and/or Greenville Technical College academic programs and courses may be identified as part of an individual scholar’s program of study. These college courses are most often taken in grades 11 and 12 as an alternative to high school-level academic courses at LECHS. Those who meet certain college requirements may begin taking college courses as early as the freshman year.

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Eligibility Guidelines for LEC High School Scholars Taking College Classes


LECHS scholars must successfully pass the COMPASS placement test in one or more parts to be eligible to take college classes. SAT scores might also qualify

LECHS scholars must be proficient (80 or above) in all of their LEC classes and maintain a 3.0.

LECHS scholars must be proficient (C or above) in all of their college classes.

LECHS scholars must show other areas of responsibility. Indicators of responsibility include: initiative, determination, commitment, discipline, attendance, and grades.

Based on the above guidelines, scholars will be encouraged to take college classes. It is our sincere desire that all scholars have the opportunity to take college classes during their tenure at LECHS. It is at the discretion of LECHS, North Greenville University and Greenville Tech College to limit the number and type of courses allowed.

When scholars are in a college class, the rules of LECHS and the college's apply. This includes the LECHS dress code.

By state law, a student 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, will be required to pay LECHS for the textbook and will lose the opportunity to take college classes for 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 retake the course at his/her own expense, pass the course, and meet the above guidelines.

If a LECHS scholar earns an “F” in a college course, the scholar loses the opportunity to take any college course for two semesters and must retake the course at his/her own expense, pass the college course and meet the above guidelines.

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