Award Year: 2015

Legacy Charter High School

1550 East Crown Point Road
Ocoee, FL, 34761-3722

(407) 656-4673

Mrs. Roberta VanHouten, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School, Choice School

Orange County

School Website


It is our desire to provide an academic environment in which each child will thrive and succeed, regardless of the individual’s academic strengths or weaknesses.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 74%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 3%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Legacy High School students enjoy engagement-based learning in Anatomy and Physiology.

Legacy High School students enjoy engagement-based learning in Anatomy and Physiology.

At Legacy High School, every student participates in a Leadership program that encourages self-awareness, wise decision-making and community involvement. Students are taught to take responsibility. Excellent effort and hard work are recognized. With accountability comes encouragement and success. Regardless of natural ability, every student and every effort is highly valued. Though we began this journey with an inclusionary model for autistic students, it now extends beyond the spectrum to include students with a wide variety of neurological challenges, all met at their point of readiness with brain based instruction that levels the academic playing field. Students at all ability and achievement levels are valued as contributing members of our society and take their place in student government, on our wide variety of award winning sports, cheer, theater and debate teams, and regularly lend their strengths to classmates. I have watched an array of graduates from a National Merit Scholarship winner, a Harvard Lincoln-Douglas Debate winner, and students who earned their Associate of Arts degree at the same time they earned their high school diploma to our students who progressed from a point of no hope of academic success to proudly walking across the stage with a regular diploma in their hand. The cost to our talented and dedicated staff who regularly invest themselves in our students has been no small amount of sweat equity, long hours, and perseverance. The cost to society if we had not succeeded would have been staggering.