How is LCA training their children academically? SOS’s Legacy Christian Academy is using an American/Ugandan integrated teaching curriculum. For example, LCA’s ratio of student to teacher is 12:1. We use computers, rotational learning stations, and American disciplinary measures. Our curriculum is also hybrid of American and Ugandan materials. LCA uses Horizon Math, Shurley English, Alpha and Omega Reading, together with Uganda Social Studies and Christian Religious Education. SOS wants to give them high quality education that meets US and Ugandan standards, making sure the education is effective and practical to the Ugandan context, but not compromising worldwide academic standards. Furthermore, SOS wants these children to be able to pass the Ugandan standardized tests (PLE – Primary Leaving Examination), which is given to all Ugandan students by the Uganda National Examination Board.
How is LCA training their children socially? Many of the children, due to carelessness in their upbringing, are not molded in proper social practices. So from the time a child is in kindergarten, LCA begins to practice some basic social practices, such as, brushing teeth, washing hands, proper greetings, and coming to school on time. As children get older, LCA seeks to educate them on body hygiene, shaving, proper feminine products, public speaking, etc. Our desire is not to make Legacy students American, but to make sure that they are respectable Ugandans, capable of handling themselves in any situation.
How is LCA training their children morally? The children are given a character trait to study once a month. Throughout the whole month, teachers will emphasize that trait and verbally honor children who are reflecting it. These character traits are age-appropriate, but focus on helping the children understand what is proper moral behavior from improper, according to God’s Word. These traits can consist of things such as generosity, kindness, attentiveness, truthfulness, etc. These traits are also discussed in chapel and in Bible class. LCA also holds its teachers to a high moral standard to ensure that they are modeling the type of moral character they expect from their pupils.
How is LCA training their children spiritually? When SOS posts the name Legacy CHRISTIAN Academy, it is because they are serious about it being genuinely Christian. This means that Jesus Christ is talked about everyday and in every classroom. He is the center of everything they do, say, and teach. Their children have Bible class daily, chapel two times weekly, and every teacher is a follower of Jesus Christ. LCA makes great efforts to disciple both the teachers and students, through spiritual retreats, Bible studies, and by encouraging them to become a member of their local church.
The primary goal of training at Legacy Christian Academy in these four areas is so that they may see their students discipled to follow after Jesus Christ so that they may make an impact in their home, community, and nation. Legacy Christian Academy has a mission…that every child in their community (to which LCA is exclusively offered) has the ability to read, write, and think, thus, being able to know, love, and follow after Jesus Christ. Too many people throughout Africa are told to love Christ, but don’t have the ability to effectively read or think through God’s Word for themselves. Through Legacy Christain Academy, SOS wants to make sure that is not the case. SOS has the belief that through the impact of even one Legacy student, a family can be changed which could lead to a community being changed, and even a nation being changed.