Legacy Christian Academy has been running for 15 years and continues providing a unique individualized education. This Academy started as a small home group and has grown into a well balanced academy.
The concept of individualized learning was captured by Dr. Donald Howard in 1970. He and his wife, Esther Howard, experimented with various learning approaches in which children set their own personal daily academic goals in five major subjects, and then work individually towards attainment by afternoon dismissal time. Each student was assigned a cubical called an office, and receive adult assistance only as and when needed to clarify instructions, to make inquiries about problems they may have encountered, or to take a test at the end of a work unit. Dr. Howard devised a system of goals, controls, and incentives to help students focus on academic and social responsibilities. Research was conducted concerning the curriculum availability to private and public schools. Hundreds of hours were devoted to review texts in order to develop scope and sequence charts for Maths, English, Social Studies, Science and Word Building ( spelling ) for grades one through twelve.
Simultaneously, research was conducted to include the best techniques for learning. Many extensive hours were spent combining an entirely new and unique individualized learning curriculum accompanied by a Supervisor’s Manual that includes guidelines, forms, and procedures for implementing the unique A.C.E. program.
This included not only better vocabulary control but also focused on character development through the inclusion of Biblical passages and principals. The program includes the 60 ideal character traits of Jesus, addresses multicultural ethnic diversity, and smooths out the abstract hurdles for pre-adolescent children. Other unique feature is inclusion of cartoon sections, carefully designed to enhance traditional family values, moral principals, and human interest. There are 12 levels to the A.C.E. program with 12 paces for each level. A.C.E. refers to each grade as a curriculum level; thus a student is not categorized as being a specific conventional (chronological) grade level of work. Throughout the academic year, a student may be working a different level in each of his subjects, depending on his ability and accomplishments. PACE’s are marked only with numbers; no grade level is ever used.
Pace conversion table
This chart is used to determine the approximate grade or level of a PACE, for instance, PACE 1061 corresponds to the early sixth grade :-
High School We introduced the Cambridge syllabus in 2012 for students who have completed middle school on the A.C.E. system. These students will have the option to continue on the A.C.E. syllabus or to move over to the Cambridge Syllabus.
This development for L.C.A. was put in place to accommodate those students who could not cope in mainstream schools and are yearning for more one-on-one attention or for those students who prefer the smaller population environments for learning.
As a Learning Center, students who register with L.C.A. have to register at a recognized examination center to write the public examinations in and around Harare. For the science subjects students have to do their laboratory work at one of these centers.Currently there are four professional teachers and this is very likely to increase as more students join Cambridge.