Legacy Traditional Schools spokesman Matthew Benson says they’re “always looking for communities where we believe there is a demand for the quality education that Legacy offers.”
Judging by the size of the campus it’s building in east Mesa, Legacy officials apparently believe the demand is pretty high.
The new building, which will open this fall, will accommodate 1,200 K-8 students whose parents like the tuition-free school’s mission of driving “academic excellence in an accelerated, back-to-basics, safe learning environment taught by caring, knowledgeable and highly effective educators in cooperation with supportive, involved parents.”
The 89,577-square-foot campus sits on eight acres at 10707 E. Guadalupe Road, and will sport 47 classrooms, a computer lab, library, full-size gymnasium with wood floors, full-service commercial kitchen and cafeteria, athletic fields for baseball, soccer and football, outdoor basketball courts and playgrounds separated according to grade level.
Aimed at drawing families from east Mesa and Gilbert, it will be Legacy’s 14th school in Arizona and its fifth in the East Valley.
“The 2018-19 school year will be here before we know it, and we’re excited to begin welcoming our inaugural group of students at Legacy Traditional’s brand-new east Mesa campus,” said Aaron Hale, co-founder and executive director of Legacy Traditional Schools.
Though it may seem large, the school reflects Legacy’s experience with parents.
“With Legacy’s structured environment, 1,200 is an average-size capacity campus for Legacy,” Benson said.
With a student-teacher ratio averaging around 30:1, it stresses a “back-to-basics curriculum, accelerated pace of studies, and high expectations for academic achievement, behavior and dress code.”
The school stresses its requirements for “a firm commitment from every parent, student and teacher” in achieving its goals and offers “direct teacher instruction blended with technology” in a “civilized, tolerant and peaceful school culture.”
And it boasts a K-8 curriculum that “is taught using whole group, uninterrupted, teacher-led direct instruction.”
The school also will offer a variety of electives for seventh and eighth-grade students, including a wide assortment of music instruction from singing and guitar to piano and media technology, two- and three-dimensional art classes and theater.
A temporary enrollment office has been set up at 2905 S. Ellsworth Ave., Mesa, because, Benson said, parents are looking at enrollment options for a fall start.
In addition, a parent meeting offering a chance to learn more about Legacy will be held at 6 p.m. May 9. Signup and other information: legacyeastmesa.org.