Professional Schools Program
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does this program affect GPA, Class Rank, and Honors Designation?
We will still calculate GPA and class rank under the same policies. Honors designations will now be assigned via final GPA categories at graduation much like college honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude).
2. Will the current daily schedule change as a result of this initiative?
A new daily schedule is in development that will allow students margin for academic choices and continued freedom to participate in fine arts, athletics, and internships. In addition, Deans will be able to utilize a new schedule plan to bring their schools together for symposiums and mentorship opportunities.
3. What is the implementation Timeline for current 8th-11th Grade Students?
Current students will select a Professional School path according to the following schedule:
Class of 2019 will choose this spring to either:
a. Stay on current graduation plan or
b. Move to the new Professional Schools plan. With the new plan, rising seniors will choose a school under the Interdisciplinary Concentration and enroll in a school-specific Biblical Worldview class.
Class of 2020 will choose a Professional School & Concentration spring 2018.
Class of 2021 will choose a Professional School & Concentration spring 2018.
Class of 2022 will choose a Professional School & Concentration spring 2019 after Freshman Foundation advising in fall 2018.
4. How will Legacy assist my student in making a decision regarding what school to pursue?
Legacy will utilize industry-leading tools such as YouScience and StrengthsFinder to assist the advisors and counselors in personal discussions with students and parents. The Professional Schools Deans will also be available to explore professional school-specific careers and future career development with individual students and families. With the addition of Deans, Legacy will continue to offer personalized and beneficial counseling services for students and families.
5. How will this program affect fine arts and athletic opportunities?
Since we are reducing graduation requirements, opportunities are actually increased for students to pursue multiple paths. A new schedule will also help provide margin for dual pathways.
6. How flexible is this program for students who may change their mind, or for a new student who comes in at 10th/11th grades?
The Professional Schools Program remains flexible for students through the Interdisciplinary option available for each Professional School. This option allows students to choose a school and have freedom to explore options as electives. Students who enter Legacy in later grades will be able to choose a school as well.
7. What are practicums and how will they be managed?
Practicums are experiential learning opportunities which include: senior thesis, capstone project, an internship, starting a new business, etc. The School Deans will be overseeing all student-specific practicum classes and assisting students in completing the pre-approved requirements for each particular school.