We envision young families creating a legacy of education leading to a compelling career, financial independence, and positive parenting.
The mission of New Legacy Charter School is to offer young parents a rigorous, relevant, and engaging education so they are empowered with the skills needed to raise healthy children and graduate prepared for success in college and careers.
New Legacy Charter School works with a particularly vulnerable population, yet its accomplishments outpace state and national averages.
New Legacy’s 2020 graduation rate was 88% overall and 77% among teen parents, which is 54% higher than the national average for teen mothers (Child Trends 2018).
New Legacy’s Early Learning Center is rated level four out of five through Colorado Shines, putting it in the top 13% in the state.
During the first two quarters of the 2019-2020 school year, 86% of Early Learning Center students met age-appropriate developmental and school readiness milestones.
Employing a 2Gen Model of Education
New Legacy is the only high school focused on serving teen parents and their children on the east side of the Denver metro area, and it is the only one anywhere in the metro area serving teen mothers and fathers. New Legacy is unique among charter schools in that it employs a two-generational (2Gen) approach to education, providing support to both parenting teenagers and their young children. Five major programs serve New Legacy students:
The high school offers a flexible curriculum that prepares students for the future by promoting career and/or college readiness. Each student receives one-on-one academic support and opportunities for personalized learning at his or her own pace. The high school also includes an English-language learning program that combines language skills with literacy and academics.
Early Learning Center
Childcare is one of the biggest obstacles to teen parents’ consistent school attendance. With its onsite Early Learning Center (ELC), New Legacy removes this barrier. The ELC serves children ages six weeks to five years, preparing them for kindergarten and beyond. It also allows for a Parenting Lab in which pregnant and parenting students apply techniques they have learned in the Parenting Education Program.
Parenting Education Program
The Parenting Education Program (PEP) is required of all pregnant and parenting students. Through PEP, students learn about child development and positive parenting strategies. The class includes a Parenting Lab where parents spend time in their child’s classroom and put into practice what they have learned in class.
Through the Post-Secondary Preparation (PSP) class, students can discover what post-secondary options (college, vocational programs, careers, etc.) are best suited to their goals. The class includes college visits, internships, college classes, work-study programs, certifications, and other opportunities. Students also have the opportunity to participate in an internship cohort that enables them to spend six weeks in the workplace exploring career paths and gaining professional skills.
Health & Wellness
Health and wellness is a strong overall component of New Legacy and is woven into all programs. The school’s health and wellness programming plan aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model. The curriculum includes comprehensive sexual health (covering birth control, healthy relationships, and reproductive wellness), healthy parenting, healthy pregnancy, mental wellness services, fitness and movement, a healthy breakfast and lunch for all students, and whole-family engagement.