Legacy Christian Academy in Xenia continues to find ways to evolve. The school, which was previously named Xenia Christian School and part of the Dayton Christian School system, is looking to develop its own identity while taking a different approach to being a Christian school.

“What we were in our 50-year history with Dayton Christian, they are an old-school traditional Christian school,” says Dan Bragg, school superintendent and principal of grades seven through 12. “We’re going to pull out the Bible in Bible class, we’re going to have it in chapel, we’re going to look at books of the Bible, we’re going to read through it, but somewhere we’ve also got to say this doctrine, all this belief stuff, it affects the way we come to a job, the way we have our friendship, the way we obey our parents or not. It’s bigger than just a Bible class or a book on the Bible on the shelf.”

While Legacy Christian Academy still encourages good test scores, its outlook has students also focus on less tangible outcomes. “We want (them to) have social skills, care about each other. We want them to be able to speak with confidence and to believe in what they’re saying and be winsome and convincing,” says Bragg. 

The school’s take on religion is not the only way the school is evolving. The approximately 400-student PreK-12 school is also working to maximize its campus. Because it shares its space with Athletes in Action the school is able to offer soccer, cross country, golf, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, swimming, bowling, wrestling, baseball and more despite being a small school. According to Bragg, “70 percent of our kids are in sports. Not only 70 percent are in sports, but probably 50 percent of them are in two or three sports. They’re (also) the same ones who are in the choir or they’re in the band.”

Legacy Christian Academy hosts a fall play and a spring musical each year, thanks in part to its 750-seat auditorium. Previous plays have included The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan. 

Bragg says the school is also finding ways to boost its academics with offerings such as its robotics class. “Not only is it a class that we teach during the year, but it’s a summer camp two different weeks and we have to tell people no more, we’re full, you can’t come,” he says.

In addition, the school offers College Credit Plus classes, a speech class, a senior seminar and even industrial arts. “The suburban kid is figuring out how to saw something and drill something and that’s still a good thing,” he says.

Bragg encourages parents who are interested in the school to visit its website at legacyknights.org or attend ones of its admission events, which it conducts every couple weeks. “I think everybody would benefit from our Christian school,” says Bragg.



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