Legacy Traditional Schools

Legacy Traditional Schools (LTS), a network of high-performing public charter schools, will open a K-6 campus in Goodyear in time for the 2019-20 school year. (Photo courtesy Legacy Traditional Schools)

Legacy Traditional Schools (LTS), a network of high-performing public charter schools, is opening a new door – or rather, many new doors – for West Valley families this fall.

Legacy is scheduled to open a new kindergarten through sixth grade school in Goodyear in time for the 2019-20 school year. The campus, located at 16060 W. Lower Buckeye Parkway, will offer a 73,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility equipped with more than 25 classrooms and an indoor basketball court, free tuition, free and reduced lunch, an accelerated curriculum and a number of programs that are unique to LTS.

During the 2017-18 school year, 91% of Legacy’s schools received an “A” rating from the Arizona State Board of Education – something that not even 16% of all Arizona schools accomplished. This academic achievement, among others, is attributed to Legacy’s approach to learning, said Brittany Kleinow, who was named principal at Legacy Goodyear.

“Some things that make our approach so successful, I think, is the accelerated pace of study,” Kleinow said. “We challenge students, and we really focus on developing highly-capable learners. We have high expectations for academics.”

According to the LTS website, Legacy follows a “well-rounded” approach that implements programs like Spalding Language Arts – a language arts program that develops reading, writing, listening, spelling and critical-thinking skills – and Saxon Mathematics, which is taught one full grade level above that of the students.

Kleinow, who was assistant principal at Legacy’s Surprise campus, said students also learn about the Arts through Legacy’s Mozart Performing Arts Program. The music program, which explores class piano, instrumental music, vocal performance and the history and theory of music, “encourages students to expand on their passion for music and performance,” Kleinow said.

“I think it’s important for students to not only focus on academics but have a well-rounded education where they can expand in all areas,” she said.

Another one of those areas is fitness. At Legacy Goodyear, students will have access to its Momentum Fitness Program, which features strength and aerobic conditioning, sport-specific skills and healthy eating tips. Students can participate in these programs as soon as they enter the third grade.

“In third grade, students are able to choose a momentum class or a Mozart Performing Arts class. Each offer nearly an hour instruction each day for a week and then, on that fifth day, they’ll (students) switch,” Kleinow explained.

Kleinow, who calls Goodyear home, is overjoyed to bring Legacy’s high-class education to her own neighborhood.

“I’m also very excited to build relationships with the new teachers and all of the new students that we will be bringing into our Legacy family at the Goodyear campus,” she said.

Legacy Goodyear started accepting applications in March, and LTS Public Relations Manager Sean Amir said there has been a “tremendous response already.”

Legacy Goodyear has an enrollment capacity of nearly 700 students, and while any and all students are accepted, Kleinow said applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply, visit legacytraditional.org/goodyear.