"To and Through College"
Academics should be the first priority of every scholar enrolled at Legacy Early College High School.
Scholars are placed in demanding, rigorous academic courses. Each scholar's program of study will have a strong academic core including mathematics, science, language arts and history. Scholars also develop critical technology skills needed for research, written and oral communication tools, advanced study, and job readiness. South Carolina Academic Achievement Standards are used as a basis to develop curriculum frameworks and learning standards for each academic area.
All science, mathematics, language arts and history courses listed in the LECHS Curriculum Guide are offered to all scholars. A scholar’s program of study may include additional courses not offered at LECHS. Through a dual credit program, specific Greenville Technical College academic programs and courses may be identified as part of an individual scholar’s program of study. These college courses are most often taken in grades 11 and 12 as an alternative to high school-level academic courses at LECHS. Those who meet certain college requirements may begin taking college courses as early as the freshman year.
Eligibility Guidelines for Legacy Early College High School Scholars Taking GTC College Classes
- LECHS scholars must successfully pass the COMPASS placement test in one or more parts to be eligible to take college classes. SAT scores might also qualify a scholar.
- LECHS scholars must be proficient (80 or above) in all of their LEC classes and maintain a 3.0.
- LECHS scholars must be proficient (C or above) in all of their GTC classes.
- LECHS scholars must show other areas of responsibility. Indicators of responsibility include: initiative, determination, commitment, discipline, attendance, and grades.
Based on the above guidelines, scholars will be encouraged to take classes at Greenville Tech College. It is our sincere desire that all scholars have the opportunity to take college classes during their tenure at LECHS. It is at the discretion of LECHS and Greenville Tech College to limit the number and type of courses allowed.
When scholars are in a Greenville Tech College class, the rules of LECHS and Greenville Tech College apply. This includes the LECHS dress code.
By state law, a student has 5 days to drop a semester class. If a LECHS scholar withdraws from a Greenville Tech College class after the initial drop date, he/she will receive a W, will be required to pay LECHS for the textbook and will lose the opportunity to take college classes for one semester.
If a LECHS scholar earns a “D” in a GTC course, the scholar loses the opportunity to take any GTC courses for at least a semester and must retake the course at his/her own expense, pass the GTC course, and meet the above guidelines.
If a LECHS scholar earns an “F” in a GTC course, the scholar loses the opportunity to take any GTC course for two semesters and must retake the course at his/her own expense, pass the GTC course and meet the above guidelines.
- 4 units of English
- 1 unit of Physical Education
- 4 units of Mathematics
- 1 unit of Technology
- 3 units of Science
- 3 units of Social Studies
- 2 units of Foreign Language
- 6 units of electives
In addition to completing the above required core courses, scholars must
- Complete a minimum of 120 hours of community and/or school service (30 hours per year);
- Meet keyboarding proficiency requirements;
- Pass the Exit exam; and
- Successfully complete a Senior Project.
Junior: 11 credits (2 English, 2 Math, 1 Science)
Senior: 18 credits (3 English, 3 Math, 2 Science)
Scholars are expected to contribute considerable time and effort in completing homework assignments. Homework is an integral part of almost every daily course of study. Parents/guardians should provide surroundings that are conducive to study. Support and encouragement are vital to the scholar for completing assignments proficiently and for developing quality work.
Parents/guardians and scholars must be aware that completion of outside schoolwork may be complicated by participation in extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, and other commitments. The school’s expectation is that the completion of assignments be a high priority for each scholar. High school is, after all, the scholar’s job/work.
To receive credit for a course a scholar must complete instructional requirements in a satisfactory manner and also must be in compliance with the attendance policy. A scholar who fails to comply will not receive credit for the course.
Grades earned by the scholar are numerical. A scholar’s numerical average is determined by considering each Unit grade along with semester and/or final exams and projects as a certain percentage of the overall course grade. Following are performance levels of the LEC grading scale:
90-100 = Mastery Level
80-89 = Proficiency Level
0-79 = Below Proficiency
(*An average of 85-100 is needed to qualify for the Life Scholarship.)
If a scholar receives below proficiency (0-79) on a major graded assignment, another opportunity will be given to master the material with further instruction through Academic Assistance. Retesting will follow the additional instruction, if a scholar attends Academic Assistance.
Power Hour is either assigned by the teacher or is requested by scholars who need extra help. It takes priority over all other activities including athletic events or practices, all clubs, etc. Scholars are responsible for making transportation arrangements when attending Triple A. Teachers notify scholars prior to required attendance at a session.
After school Power Hour sessions provide scholars with extra teacher assistance as well as more time to work on class projects.
Greenville Technical College instructors are available to assist scholars during their posted office hours.