Private Elementary School For Kindergarten Through 5th Grade
Our K-5th Grade classrooms give Omaha parents a new choice for their child’s elementary education. Classes run Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Legacy follows Nebraska state standards for age requirements.
The focus of the elementary curriculum is to supply the necessary skills that allow students to become lifelong learners. Our teachers and teaching assistants hold the highest educational expectations for their students so they can reach their greatest potential.
Legacy School is teacher-powered, giving teachers the ability to draw on a variety of sources and make their own decisions about their students’ success. This ensures the focus stays on students and their individual educational needs. With the student’s education at its core, Legacy School’s private elementary classrooms offer students a place to excel beyond the typical standards.
ELEMENTARY ACADEMIC FOCUS
Rather than “teaching to the middle,” Legacy School fosters an atmosphere where each student’s intellect, curiosity, and growth is nurtured on his/her level. Students have an educational advantage while at Legacy School, as they are taught on their level and at their own pace.
Teachers at Legacy School understand that students have different needs when it comes to learning. That’s why they use a differentiated instruction approach in which teachers proactively plan their lessons based on their students’ strengths.
With this style of learning, teaching is evolutionary as students and teachers learn together. While the teachers may know more about the subject at hand, they are always learning about how their students learn. In turn, teachers can refine each child’s learning experience by providing learning activities that cater to the students’ strengths, not by a “one-size-fits-all” learning approach.
Unlike current educational trends in which students learn, test, and then forget the material they learned, Legacy School focuses less on testing and more on each child’s educational journey. To cultivate continual learning, teachers draw on various resources to best support each student’s learning capabilities.
Elementary students at Legacy School take only two standardized tests a year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring, to map the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child and to analyze student growth. Teachers then use this information to create differentiated, hands-on learning experiences to launch each child forward in their educational journey.
While test scores are not the focus at Legacy, our students’ NWEA MAP Rit Scores consistently rank above the national average.
To truly prepare students to be lifelong learners, elementary teachers at Legacy School design the seating in their classrooms to reflect life outside of the classroom. Teachers create spaces that give students the ability to choose their best learning location, whether that be near the ground on a pillow, stretched out on a futon, cozied up on a chair, or sitting at a round table.
Students feel empowered by having a choice where they get to learn. And, by creating a classroom that is more “ours” rather than “mine,” students can take responsibility for their learning. With that in mind, the teacher always puts academics first. Therefore, if a student chose a learning location that they thought was their best learning spot, but the teacher sees differently, then a different choice is to be made. The premise of flexible seating is giving the student a choice, but making sure they make the best decision to help them learn effectively.
Studies have shown that sending homework home with students does not inherently improve knowledge levels or comprehension of material. Legacy instructors feel the students receive enough guidance and instruction while at school, so rarely will assign homework. In some instances, children may require a little extra focus on specific assignments but this extra work will not be significant.
Legacy School believes that children learn best when they discuss, interact with, and truly engage with every lesson. Therefore, teachers at Legacy School strive to provide hands-on learning experiences that not only give students the ability to work together with their peers but challenge them to learn more.
Whether in the classroom or outside learning on the 11 acres, Legacy School elementary students are constantly exploring concepts through experiments and hands-on projects to propel a love for lifelong learning.
Several times a year, Legacy Private Elementary School students deep dive into a single concept through project-based learning (PBL). This kind of learning takes the place of the typical curriculum and allows students to become managers of their learning while still being guided by an experienced teacher.
Project-based learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for a long period to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question. The teacher drives the question, while students are encouraged to take responsibility for their work. This allows students to go in a direction on their own but still stay on course with the question at hand.
While still integrating many subjects to meet content standards, project-based learning gives students 21st-century skills such as leadership in planning, critical thinking, creativity, and decision making. These skills are essential to a student’s education as it readies them for the challenges, problems, and questions they may face during their lifetime.
TRANSITIONING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL
While no one can promise or predict how each student will perform, Legacy prides itself with how prepared our 5th graders are to transition to middle school. Former parents continually reach out to inform us that their students were on-level or above once they reached 6th grade.
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SMALL CLASS SIZES
Students at Legacy School do not get lost in the crowd, as class sizes are extremely small compared to other Omaha private and public schools. Along with a teacher that holds a bachelor’s or master’s degree in education, every class has the support of a full-time teacher’s assistant. Having this team of educators in every classroom allows for the flexibility necessary to educate the whole child based on individual needs.
All Legacy Private Elementary School teachers are experienced and skilled in differentiated instruction, giving each child the ability to learn on their level, at their own pace. With this kind of evolutionary teaching, the teachers at Legacy School understand the importance of delivering instruction to each child through hands-on, project-based learning experiences.
Instead of teaching at a larger district, Legacy School elementary teachers choose to teach at Legacy because they are compassionate about teaching to each child. Teaching through differentiated instruction allows teachers to connect to each child’s educational journey, giving teachers a new-found love for their occupation.
In addition to Legacy School’s exceptional educational approach, the 11 acres of outdoor learning and playing space outside the physical building allows for real-world experiences that cannot be found anywhere else.
Students receive an ample amount of scheduled outdoor recess each day in zoned areas. Further, the space is sectioned out for individual classroom usage so teachers often bring their lessons out of the building and into nature.
Legacy School’s expansive 11 acres features a farm-to-table garden, in which student plant in the Spring and harvest in the Fall, a barnyard with goats and chickens, a Science and Nature Center, multiple recreational fields, an obstacle course, pavilions with picnic tables and more!
We’ve had a wonderful experience at Legacy. Our son started kindergarten last August as a transfer from a center he attended for Pre k. Over the previous six months, we have seen tremendous growth related to his education. His teacher has reached out regularly to keep us updated on any school struggles and offered extra help to ensure he succeeds. The communication has been wonderful, along with the amazing food they serve him for lunch daily (he raves about this). Overall, we cannot wait to send our Pre-k daughter to Legacy next year to join her brother and watch her growth.
Our family is so beyond grateful for Legacy. This is our 5th year at Legacy, starting with two-day preschool and now in 1st grade. We cannot wait for next year and beyond. Legacy has smaller-sized classrooms, and each classroom has a teacher and an assistant to help every child learn in different ways and at different speeds. You have no worries here at Legacy! They care for the kiddos like they are their own. On top of the amazing staff and school, Legacy has a great atmosphere. You cannot get any more hands-on with science than having their own Science house. I cannot recommend Legacy enough.
Legacy School has been amazing for our son. He is in his first year (Kindergarten) and absolutely loves it. Legacy is special and unique in how it can tailor their teaching approaches to the individual student. The small student-to-teacher ratio means each student receives the best instruction. I’ll admit I was initially hesitant to consider a private school; however, I cannot imagine sending my son to any other school. We look forward to the many years to come at Legacy.
We love Legacy because it has a family and small community feel! Kids and teachers from all grades know each other and interact together. The land and space the school has enhances kids learning and creates a safe and private environment for kids to play. What other school can say they have a barn with goats! Legacy has been an excellent fit for our family, who was looking for a school that puts kids learning first, does things differently from traditional education, and meets our kids where they are at on an individual basis!
Our family has been part of Legacy for almost five years; we see substantial growth in our son every year from a social and educational standpoint. Upon our son entering Pre-School, he was a shy kid in a new environment; the staff did a wonderful job in bringing him along at a pace he was comfortable with. Since then, I can’t say enough great things about the staff and leadership at Legacy; they’re always open to answering questions or addressing any concerns you might have. Placing my son in Legacy was the best decision for his education, and we couldn’t be happier.