|Legacy Traditional School (LTS) District, the largest K-8 charter school district in Arizona, has been awarded, a district-wide AdvancED accreditation.
LTS joins just 13 other school systems in the state to be fully accredited.
The decision came following an extensive review process conducted by a five-member external review team from AdvancEd, the world’s largest educational community.
During the weeklong review process, the team observed the learning environments at the district’s campuses and collected thousands of documentary records.
In addition, the team conducted 169 interviews with founders, board members, administrators, teachers, support staff, students and parents.
According to Bill Bressler, the district’s Chief Academic Officer, this evaluation was unique in that the External Review Team members had no previous experience evaluating charter schools and their backgrounds were exclusively in district public school education.
In its written findings regarding Legacy Traditional, AdvancEd states, “Operations staff members, teachers, administrators, students, and parents work collaboratively, deliberatively, and effectively to create and maintain learning environments that are clean, orderly, aesthetically attractive, and conducive to student learning and success.”
As defined by AdvancEd, accreditation “is an international protocol for institutions committed to systemic, systematic and sustainable improvement.” In determining Legacy Traditional’s qualifications for accreditation, AdvancEd evaluated the district in five major areas: purpose and direction; governance and leadership; resources and support systems; teaching and assessing for learning; and using results for continuous improvement.
About Legacy Traditional Schools
Legacy Traditional Schools is a tuition-free, charter school district for grades K-8 founded on a program that combines academic mastery with an emphasis on patriotism, character building and parental involvement. Founded in 2007, the district has campuses in Maricopa, Queen Creek, Avondale, Chandler, Casa Grande, Gilbert, Laveen and Northwest Tucson.