Academic Philosophy

The Legacy Academy believes it will best meet its mission by providing a cohesive and comprehensive middle school experience that is rooted in:




  • High expectations are clearly articulated and held for all students, in alignment with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), California State Standards (CSS), and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

  • Instruction is innovative and interactive, engaging students in authentic, project-based, activity-based, and inquiry-based instruction.
  • Curriculum provides exposure to STEM, which enables our students to become better prepared for high school and open doors of opportunity for career paths within Silicon Valley
  • Extended learning opportunities through an after school program that includes life skills programming, electives in music, art, and physical fitness (martial arts), and service learning projects.


  •  Character Development is modeled by adults and developed in students, to ensure all members of our community are ready, respectful and responsible.
  • Student Empowerment is built by engaging students as problems solvers, researchers, originators, and independent producers of critical knowledge – not just consumers
  • A focus on Social Justice inspires students to become compassionate, nurturing community leaders and transforms them into responsible, active, and productive citizens.
  • Opportunities for Service and Leadership cultivates a servant’s heart in our students, who have typically been on the other end of doing well, through once a month service projects that range from community clean ups to feeding the homeless and amount to 40 hours of community service per year.


    • A trauma-informed approach is infused in all elements of program, providing continuous trauma informed learning, developing trauma-informed competencies throughout the school community, and utilizing evidenced based interventions and supports that are aligned with the needs of the school population.
    • Unconditional Education – In partnership with the Seneca Family of Agencies ALL students are provided with the academic, social, and emotional supports they require utilizing a Trauma-Informed Model. Supports are integrated into core classrooms and through individual and small group work in lab and advisory, including individual and group counseling services, behavior interventions, and academic intervention and remediation
    • The collaborative efforts of community stakeholders are engaged including parents, business partners, law and justice professionals, Community Based Organization, Health Professionals and teachers to focus on the overall well-being of the student body.


    •  Professional development is valued, with teachers provided the time and monetary resources to improve on practices through professional development experiences
    • Learning is applied, through the planning and implementation of curricular lessons that implement student responsive and high engagement strategies including trauma-informed, project-based, activity-based, and inquiry-based learning.


    • Practices involve families as an integral part of the educational process, offering a variety of opportunities for families to become involved in the academic lives of their children at the classroom level and supporting families in knowing how to help their children with their education.
    • High-quality family services, including comprehensive parent education and case management for families in need, is offered and orchestrated by a full-time Student Services Coordinator. Students will find a greater relevance to their academic success when their home and school share similar values about learning.