What is a Unversity-Model School®?

University-Model Schooling (UMS) is a new educational alternative that, until now, has not been among the typical choices available to parents. Though off-campus parental roles are clearly defined and required in the model, UMS should not be equated with home schooling or home schooling cooperatives. Nor should UMS be understood as traditional classroom education that has simply reduced classroom time. Its significance lies in its ability to effectively utilize parents in partnership with highly qualified professional instructors to gain better academic results, especially among average students. This partnership is facilitated by using a university-type schedule, administrative system, and strong work ethic in age-appropriate ways for the elementary through high school grades. The result is an excellent, well-rounded education with less time in school, less cost for families, increased opportunities for positive parent-child interaction, and improved order and discipline in the classroom. It also results in the successful transition of students directly into college with minimal “culture shock” since they have already experienced a college-simulated work environment at the high school level. UMS is designed to bring together the best attributes of traditional schooling with the best attributes of home schooling and integrate them into one model.

The immediate goal is quality, cost-effective, college-preparatory education accomplished in a way that gives parents more time for imparting the faith and values they hold precious. The ultimate goal is that of producing wholesome, competent men and women of character who make a positive difference in the next generation. It is also hoped that University-Model schools, both public and private, can gain nationwide acceptance among parents and educators as a schooling alternative that is needed in every community. Taken from Character Driven, College Preparation by Dr. John Turner.

Legacy Classical engages students in an academically rigorous, classically-inspired structure.

In classical education, a student progresses through three distinct stages, beginning with the “grammar” stage. During this stage, students master the fundamental rules and basic facts of each subject. Memorizing songs, chants, and jingles, and learning careful observation and description skills are daily activities. At approximately age 11 or 12, students move to the next stage, the “dialectic/logic” stage, when they become more argumentative and quick to correct teaching mistakes, and are developing abstract thought. Students reach the “rhetoric” stage around age 14 or 15, when they more easily formulate creative written and oral expression, think critically, use persuasive arguments, and defend the truth. At Legacy Classical, grades K-6 comprise our Lower School, while grades 7th and up are part of the Upper School.

Based on this philosophy, Legacy Classical emphasizes regular reading, composition, oral speaking, and primary source use, and offers classical courses such as Logic and Latin. In Lower School History, teachers generate excitement about civilizations through songs, stories, poetry, and geography games. As a student progresses to Upper School history, students engage in discussion and debate over cultural philosophy, belief systems, and modern applications. History classes use primary source documents for resources, analysis, and learning. In English/Language Arts, students read classic works and move through a five to six-week composition cycle of imitating quality writing, practicing writing as a class, undergoing peer/teacher review, and completing a final draft. In grades 1 through 8, students progress through a comprehensive grammar program preparing them for advanced composition skills in the upper school.

Beginning with grade 4, History and English function collaboratively in the study of specific time periods. Science classes are filled with experiments and opportunities to observe and describe what is seen, as well as quizzes and questioning to ensure understanding of assigned readings. Math and Logic follow rigorous curriculums that build problem-solving skills.

The study of foreign languages, art, drama, music, and speech further strengthen the students ability and character to prepare them to live wisely and fulfill their calling in the modern world.