Local Private School Announces New Year-round Kindergarten in the Metro East
Legacy Christian Academy wants to ensure its students are ready to compete academically with students from other countries.
Noting that students in many countries spend more days at school, more time at school each day and routinely outperforms American students, Legacy Christian Academy Principal Anita Gajewski believes year-round school is one way her students can have a competitive advantage. Unlike the typical American implementation of the year-round school calendar, the Caseyville, Ill., school's all-year Kindergarten program will not be simply shifting the normal school calendar into a 12-month timeframe.
Year-round schools in the United States, Gajewski said, typically take time off during the year and continue with the standard 180 days of instruction followed by nine-month schools. Legacy plans to increase the number of directed learning days by almost 50.
An advantage to school in the summer, Gajewski said, is the amount of summer activities in which the students can participate. The students will be able to spend more time outside for subjects such as science, language, art and math. "This will allow much more time throughout the seasons of the year to incorporate various teaching ideas into our curriculum and allow us more hands-on time when the weather will cooperate and be conducive to lessons outside we otherwise would have to merely discuss in the classroom," Gajewski said.
"We will be able to enjoy outside water play at school and possibly go to a local pool for swimming lessons. We can go to the local movie theatre to see a movie for a special treat," Gajewski said. "By having these experiences, we are giving learning opportunities we do not have time to take during the regular school year."
The year-round program at Legacy Christian Academy will begin on June 1 with the kindergarten class. The remaining grade levels will soon follow, Gajewski said.
"We do not want any of our students to lose any part of their learning from the previous months by being out of school for three months and we believe year round school will do the job," Gajewski said.
After the full-year program is implemented throughout the school, students will advance even more than they do now at Legacy Christian Academy, Gajewski said.
"I foresee students jumping grade levels because of the continuation of the excellent education and foundation in learning they receive here at LCA using the A Beka curriculum and other Christian curriculums," Gajewski said.
Founded 22 years ago with only four 4-year-old students, Legacy Christian Academy now offers pre-school through 9th grade. The school will offer 10th grade for the first time beginning in autumn 2015.
Providing an excellent, well-rounded, quality Christian education in a loving environment is the purpose of Legacy Christian Academy. The school, which uses the A Beka curriculum, is not directly affiliated with any one church, which allows them to benefit from the resources of many churches in the area.
"We can draw more Christian teachers and have more resources if we aren't tied to one particular church," Gajewski said. "More churches see us as a viable option to public school."
Legacy Christian Academy is located at 111 S. 2nd Street in Caseyville, Ill. For more information, visit http://www.legacychristianacademy.info/or call 618- 345-9571.