Why did you choose Legacy? Our path to Legacy wasn't a traditional one. Three summers ago, when our middle daughter had finished second grade, we saw her losing her spark. We began to look at different options and took a tour of Legacy. From the moment we first stepped into that school for a tour, we were overwhelmed with a sense of community, a sense of family. And so with that, we began the enrollment process for her. She entered Legacy in 3rd grade, her spark was ignited, and we haven't looked back since.

Semadeni kids going into 8th, 5th, and 2nd grade in 2020At this same time, our oldest son was entering 6th grade. He wasn't quite ready to make a change, so he stayed at his current school. Throughout the first 8 weeks of his sister's time up at LCA, he was able to experience some of the Legacy events, including football games and homecoming. The culture was infectious. He came to us and told us he wanted to tour Legacy as an option for 7th grade. I'll never forget….after we arrived home from the tour he came up and ever so gently whispered in my ear “I want to go to Legacy for 7th grade.” And so we began his application process. He is now in his second year at LCA and he loves every minute of it. He joined the football team not knowing anyone and left the season with 25 brothers.

And for our third child? God has a way of timing things perfectly. All of our children did Spanish Immersion preschool through Kindergarten. Two years ago as she was finishing Kindergarten, LCA announced their Spanish Immersion program and we couldn't enroll her fast enough! She is now in her second year of SI at LCA. Her Spanish is exploding even though we do not speak the language in our home! Her ability to read, write, recite Bible verses, and do math (yes, even math in Español!) is exploding. It is an amazing gift to be able to watch our child becoming bilingual.

Was there anything specific about Legacy that influenced your decision?  It's amazing to watch the fruits of an education that develops your children academically AND spiritually. The mission statement is “developing strong leaders with biblical convictions who are equipped to succeed in college and beyond.” We see this demonstrated in all three of our children's education. 2020 has had a few speed bumps this year. It's such a blessing to know that our kids are navigating these times with God's purpose at the focus, and educators dedicated to their success.

What advice would you give families who are considering LCA?  If you have a child that has already begun their school career, change can seem overwhelming. But change can also lead to experiences that go beyond one's expectations. If you are looking for an education that develops your whole child and shows them how to navigate this world with a Christian foundation, then you have found your home!

If you could go back in time and give yourself advice about enrolling at LCA, what would you say? Part of me says “you should have done it sooner!” But then the other part of me says that God helps define one's timing. We believe that although unconventional, God led each of our children to LCA when it was each one's time.

How has Legacy lived up to your expectations?  We came to Legacy looking for an education that incorporated religion. We joined a family that is invested in our children's development and success as much as we are. They also embraced us as their brothers and sisters.

Legacy Christian Academy is Frisco's preeminent Pre-K through 12 Christian school committed to educating students in a college preparatory environment balanced in academics, athletics, and fine arts–all within the context of a biblical worldview. For more information on Legacy, visit our admissions page.