About Us

Description Legacy High School is actually an “umbrella” term used to identify and group together three associated educational programs.  They are:

  • A direct instruction program in which instruction occurs within on-campus classroom settings.  Legacy High School’s direct instruction program consists of both high school and middle school levels.  The high school program is referred to as either Legacy Classroom or Legacy High School.  The middle school program is identified as R.E.A.C.H.
  • Identified as Legacy OnLine Advantage, Legacy High School’s independent learning program takes place through academic instruction that occurs primarily off-campus through electronic means, utilizing computer-assisted instruction.  Apex Learning and Apex Literacy Advantage courses constitute the core of the Legacy OnLine Advantage curriculum.
  • An institutional education program that provides educational services primarily for students younger than 18 years of age housed in the Benton-Franklin Juvenile Justice Center and for minors housed in the Benton County Jail.  Educational services within the Juvenile Justice Center school occur in classroom settings.  Educational services for minors housed in the Benton County Jail receive instruction in one-to-one tutoring settings, following the Alternative Learning Experience standards of the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Two transitional programs, CATS and Day Reporting, are also affiliated with the institutional educational program.


  • Legacy High School provides opportunities for students to become educationally successful in settings different than those found in their previous schools.  It sometimes is described as an alternative or non-traditional school.  It creates a safe, supportive, productive, and flexible environment that is designed to meet the individual needs of each student.  Personalized and differentiated instruction engages and challenges each student.


  • In contrast to the traditional, comprehensive high schools in the Kennewick School District, Legacy High School has no residential-based attendance areas; enrollment is not determined by the neighborhood in which a student resides.  Legacy High School serves the students of the entire Kennewick School District.  Enrollment in both the direct instruction program and in the independent learning program is by choice, based upon either student/parent application, or by administrative referral.


  • Applications to the Legacy REACH, Legacy Classroom, and Legacy OnLine Advantage programs are closely scrutinized; admission is not automatic.  Because of the non-traditional aspects of the Legacy High School programs, not all of the academic requirements of students with certain instructional needs can be met in this setting.  Although the organizational structure of Legacy High School allows for a degree of flexibility not often found in traditional school settings, the instructional environment is more restrictive that its traditional counterparts.  Placement in Legacy High School programs can be described as a Tier 4 (Specially-Designed Learning) response to intervention – a more restrictive environment than Tiers 1 through 3 typically identified in a RTI pyramid of interventions.



Kennewick School District’s Non-Discrimination Policy

The Kennewick School District provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or use of trained dog, guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provide equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

  • Civil Rights & Equity:  Douglas Christensen- (509) 222-5010 ([email protected]), Kennewick School District, 1000 West 4th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336
  • Section 504, Title IX    Jack Anderson- (509) 222-5004 ([email protected]), Kennewick School District, 1000 West 4th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336