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February 3, 2013

Legacy Academy to open

By BRIAN SMITH

WILLOW PARK — Three former public school educators have gotten together and are working on a new school with a focus on more individualized education.

Legacy Leadership Academy is scheduled to open in August with the site to be announced in a few weeks as negotiations are winding down with a church in town, which organizer Leslie Clark declined to name. Clark, who is working with Jenny Garza and Amber Thomas on the project, said all three believed education is going down the wrong path and wanted to right the ship.

“We’ve all seen the need for more individualized instruction as a different approach to traditional education,” Clark said. “We consider traditional education to be nothing more than an assembly line process. We believe in embracing their individuality, and the talents that children innately have.”

According to a press release, children are being educated with a one size fits all “send it on down the line” process, which very few children actually do well in.

“There aren’t many children who do well when simply told to turn to page 10 in your workbooks,” Clark said. “Each child had their own individual needs, challenges and talents and we want to bring those out with a very small class size environment.”

Each of the three teachers brings something unique to the table. Clark has taught special ed, Thomas has worked with gifted and talented students and Garza has taught in the Fort Worth ISD. The three started as friends with a common interest and began to talk about what they felt were inadequacies in the public school system and how to fix them if they had the opportunity, which is how the school was born.

The school will be kept to 45 students ages 6-13 for the first year, Thomas said. If the need for expansion presents itself, other campuses could be opened, Clark said.

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