For the most complete picture of Legacy, we recommend reading our Parent/Student Handbook. It highlights our purpose, the parent’s role as co-teacher, the dress code, and many other key aspects of life at Legacy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What grades are you offering?
A: We offer a full comprehensive K-12 program with an honors or college preparatory diploma plan.
Q: Which days of the week does Legacy Christian Academy provide professional classroom instruction?
A: Our teachers provide classroom instruction on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:15 a.m. till 3:15 p.m. for all students. Our middle & high school students attend classes an additional day on Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Classes are held on the Olive Drive campus of Valley Baptist church. These facilities were originally built to accommodate a school, so it’s a perfect fit!
Q: What are your class sizes?
A: Most classes have 12-16 students with one class per grade level. The maximum class size is 18 for grades K-5th and 20 for 6th through 12th.
Q: How many hours are required of the co-teacher (at-home parent) on home study days?
A: Your student can expect to spend 4 to 6 hours completing work and assignments with their parent’s help and/or supervision on home study days. The length of time required and hours of direct instruction from the parent can vary depending on the student’s age and ability to work independently. As a student matures, the time required of the student will increase, while the direct supervision and teaching time from the parent will decrease.
Q: I am not a teacher, and I am afraid of not knowing what to do with/for each of my children. I love the idea of having my children home with me part-time, but I am overwhelmed when I think about being their teacher. Can I do this?!
A: Yes, we believe you can! Any change, such as withdrawing your student from a full-time traditional school, will require adjustment. Remember: This is not homeschooling in the traditional sense. When a student is enrolled at LCA, they are a student at a private Christian institution. The University-Model® requires heavy parental involvement and creates a partnership between the school classroom and the at home classroom “satellite classroom”. It is our goal and desire to help equip parents to work effectively with their student(s) at home. We not only provide the curriculum, lesson plans and instructions, but we also provide training and support throughout the year to help you be successful.
Q: How does LCA differ from a homeschooling co-op?
A: We are a private tuition-funded Christian school with paid professional educators who are prayerfully screened and selected by our directors. All children who enroll, are required to attend the full schedule of classes for their grade/age. Unlike a co-op, parents are not asked to teach or devote a certain number of hours in the classroom in exchange for the right to attend.
Q: Will Legacy Christian Academy administer annual achievement tests?
A: Yes, we believe that yearly achievement tests, when used properly, are an excellent tool for both parents and educators. We will help children prepare for the format of standardized assessment but will not place an over-emphasis on testing. We provide standardized testing for all students 2nd grade and above each spring. Our younger students receive specialized individual in-house assessments at the same time.
About Legacy Christian Academy
Legacy Christian Academy is a University-Model® School which opened in Bakersfield, CA in September of 2012. A University-Model® School (www.umsi.org) utilizes a “hybrid” instructional approach – professional teachers partnering with committed parents to provide an excellent, Christ-centered education.
K-5th students spend two days per week on campus (T/TH), receiving professional instruction in all core subjects, as well as “electives” such as music, art and P.E. The other three days (M/W/F), students study at home under the supervision of a parent in their “satellite” classroom, following teacher-directed lesson plans and completing assignments.
6th-12th students spend three days per week in the campus classroom (T/TH/F) and two days studying at home (M/W).
Statement of Faith
Faculty, staff and Board Members of Legacy Christian Academy embrace the historic tenets of Christianity as presented in the following Statement of Faith. Beyond these primary doctrines, we respect and acknowledge many secondary doctrinal questions exist among the true Body of Christ. We defer to parents and their local churches to clarify these issues.
The Bible: We believe the Bible to be the only inerrant, authoritative Word of God, and that it is, therefore, the final authority in matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
The Trinity: We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Colossians 2:9; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
- God the Father: We believe the Father is fully God, and His fatherhood is eternal and personal. He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of all who believe in Christ. (Genesis 1:1; 2 Corinthians1:3; Ephesians 4:4-6; 2 Corinthians 6:18)
- God the Son: We believe in the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His substitutionary and atoning death, salvation through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His coming return. (Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-2, 14; 3:16-18; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 5:8-11; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:20-23; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 4:14-15; 7:25; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
- God the Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells all believers. He, likewise, convicts of sin, increases desires for righteousness and obedience, leads in truth, brings assurance, empowers, and gives spiritual gifts to the church. (John 3:3-8; 14:16-17; 16:7-11; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 12:11-13; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
Human Nature: We believe all people are created in the image of God, to be like Him in character. Our sin alienates us from God, makes us liable for His judgment, and ultimately results in eternal death apart from God’s salvation. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 1:18-23; 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3)
Salvation: We believe it is through Christ’s death on the cross, where He took our sin upon Himself, and His resurrection, where He defeated death once and for all, that we can be made right with God on the basis of Christ’s righteousness and atoning death. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ alone can we be forgiven for our sin, overcome our separation from God, and be saved from God’s judgment. At salvation, we are justified by God; meaning that we are declared positionally righteous before God because of our identification with Jesus Christ. (John. 1:12-13; 6:37-40; 10:28-30; Ephesians 1:7, 13; 2:8-9; 1 John 5:11-13)
The Christian Life: We believe it is God’s will that through the Holy Spirit, we continually grow in grace, in obedience, and in our love for Him until we get to heaven and are made perfect in Christ. (Romans 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Philippians 1:6, 2:13)
Eternity: We believe in the bodily resurrection of all people. We believe in a literal heaven and hell, and that all men will either spend eternity under God’s just and holy judgment or in His glorious presence. (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:31,46; John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 2 Thessalonians 1:9)
The Church: We believe that believers comprise the Church which is the Family of God, the Body of Christ and the Temple of the Holy Spirit, and that it is expressed in local churches. It was created by God to display His glory on the earth by reaching out to people who do not know Him, lifting up worship to Him, loving one another as His family, growing in maturity to be like Christ, and serving others in His name. (Matthew 26:26-29; 28:18-20; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 12:1-27; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:10; Colossians 1:18; 1 John 3:14-18)
Core Values, Mission, and Vision
Legacy Christian Academy is a University Model® School where teachers and parents work together to provide an affordable, Christ-centered education for the next generation. In 2010, the founding families of LCA envisioned an educational alternative that would allow more time to spiritually train and build relationships with their children while providing a high level of academic excellence in their educational experience. Using the University Model®, this vision can be accomplished through God’s power, prayer and the hands and feet of many dedicated individuals.
- to love and glorify God
- help make disciples
- affirm and encourage parents
- strengthen family relationships
- educate with excellence
- integrate home and school
- reach out to serve communities
Partnering with parents to disciple college worthy Christ followers for a lifetime of leadership.
- Pursue intentional discipleship (Time with children built into the model)
- Build a Biblical World View (Train student to understand God’s truth about the world they live in and be prepared to think independently as they encounter views which contradict God’s word, purposes and plans)
- Achieve academic excellence (Pursue best academic result with carefully selected curriculum, proven skilled and loving faculty and tailored solutions for learning challenges for every student)
- Prepare students for a lifetime of leadership (Give students opportunities to serve and lead both in the school and the surrounding communities. Allow them to demonstrate their love for God, each other, and the world in practical ways.)
The primary purpose of Legacy Christian Academy is to provide a solution for families seeking a viable educational alternative for their children through a University Model® School. As a University Model® School, Legacy Christian Academy takes the most positive aspects from public and private schools, as well as, home schools, to give students a highly successful, college-worthy education.
Philosophy of Education
The person of Jesus Christ is the focal point of all that is, has been, and ever will be. We believe that the education of our children begins with this reality. Most philosophies of education place man at the center and are humanistic. The Christian philosophy places God at the center and seeks to view life in every dimension through this lens. We desire our children to self-consciously live and move and have their being in Christ, as the Scriptures teach (Acts 17:28). We believe that God is the author of all truth and that reality in life is only fully understood through a personal saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
We believe the Bible is the only authoritative written revelation from God to man. We hold a bibliocentric view which encompasses all aspects of a student’s educational experience: spiritually, physically, mentally and socially. All knowledge is therefore interrelated and teaches us about God’s character, wisdom, and power. Therefore, every attempt is made to integrate the principles of faith and learning so that each student will develop a viable Christian world view and live a life that brings glory and honor to God.
We believe God has given parents, not the Church or State, the responsibility of educating their children and teaching them to faithfully love and serve Him. Our board, administration and faculty view themselves as servants of the parents who assist them in their biblical obligation to educate their children in the Lord.
Accreditation / Certification
Legacy’s Certification is through NAUMS (National Association of University-Model Schools). Founded in 2002, NAUMS promotes University-Model schooling in the United States and assists existing and developing University-Model Schools.
Legacy Christian Academy is dually accredited with Christian Schools International and AdvancEd.