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Welcome to Legacy High School

Legacy High School is a group three associated educational programs:

  • A direct instruction program in which instruction occurs on-campus at high school and middle school levels. The high school program is called Legacy High School (LHS). The middle school program is called Reaching Educational Achievement through Choices and Habits (REACH).
  • An institutional education program that provides educational services primarily for students younger than age 18 who are housed in the Benton-Franklin Juvenile Justice Center, as well as 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 include one-to-one tutoring following the Alternative Learning Experience standards of the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Two transitional programs, Community Alternative Transition School (CATS) and Day Reporting, are also affiliated with the institutional educational program.


LHS 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, LHS has no residential-based attendance areas – enrollment is not determined by the neighborhood in which a student resides. LHS serves the students of the entire Kennewick School District. Enrollment in both the direct instruction program is by choice based upon either student/parent application or by administrative referral.


Admission to REACH and LHS is not automatic. Because of the non-traditional aspects of LHS, not all of the academic requirements of students with certain instructional needs can be met in this setting. Although the organizational structure of LHS 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 LHS 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.


LHS educational programs are fully accredited following the protocols of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), an accreditation division of AdvancED.

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Principal of Secondary Alternative Education:


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Assistant Principal:

Travis Hatke

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School Contact:

(509) 222-6552