Legend College Preparatory is located in Cupertino, California, a city known for its emphasis on educating the next generation. Residents moving into this affluent community are attracted by the schools and the quality of education they offer. Cupertino and its neighboring communities, located alongside Apple Computer headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley, provides a breeding ground for a generation of tech savvy children and teens. Academic expectations are high, and almost all of the district’s students plan to attend four-year colleges. Busy schedules, which include challenging courses and demanding extracurricular activities, are the norm. In this competitive environment, students are constantly searching for ways to raise their academic and personal profiles. In particular, they and their parents are interested in technologically supported learning environments that efficiently and effectively incorporate both classroom and online instruction techniques. College prep planning (including everything from academic coaching to test prep to admissions counseling) also has been identified as a major need of this target group.
Public schools in the district, despite the quality education they offer, do not sufficiently address these needs. Most courses are still taught in traditional settings and are measured largely by the amount of time students spend in class. Public schools in the area, like most of the public education system, are characterized by a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. Even highly motivated students find it difficult to obtain the support they need, and often their requests are dismissed as the overzealous behavior of an Asian immigrant population that thrives on academic pressure. A common complaint among parents is that even students with exemplary scholastic records have trouble obtaining the necessary recommendations from overburdened, disinterested teachers. Therefore, a large subset of the district’s children and teens, with a wide variety of learning styles and academic talents, is continuously seeking alternative, leading-edge learning environments and methodologies. Many high school students choose to move from public to private schools at the end of their freshman year, or they pursue extra academic enrichment opportunities offered by the many privately owned local area businesses that have cropped up to fulfill this need.
Legend College Preparatory is one such enterprise, which was founded by Professor Paul Chan (now Legend’s acting Principal) to address the glaring need for an alternative pedagogical environment. Legend College Preparatory, a private high school accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, is located in the Hoefler Building of De Anza College campus in Cupertino, where Mr. Chan has been teaching courses in information systems for the past seven years. He also has raised three children of his own, all of whom have recently graduated from the local public high school. Over the course of the last several years, Mr. Chan has witnessed firsthand the demographic changes occurring within Cupertino and the surrounding area. He also has recognized the resulting need for alternative academic institutions that capitalize on 21st century information-sharing innovations and advancements. Having taught information management techniques and acted as a consultant for various local and international firms, Mr. Chan is uniquely positioned to understand how today’s technologies can be efficiently and cost-effectively integrated into productive learning environments. In fact, many of the techniques now used at Legend were first implemented by Mr. Chan while teaching at the junior college level.
|Legend College Preparatory is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) .|