Legacy Christian School, (formerly First Baptist Christian School), is an educational program for Pre-2 children through sixth grade. The academic institution is located in the northeast Oklahoma town of Claremore. The school is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Claremore and has a rich history of God’s blessings and provision.
Over thirty years ago, the pastor of FBC, Brother C. M. Fields, had a vision about the need for a Christian school in the Claremore area. In 1979, the First Baptist Church School was established. It began with a 4-year-old Pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade with 2.5 teachers (two teachers plus a teaching administrator). The First Baptist Church School continued to grow and flourish throughout the years.
In 2000, the Mount of Olives School in Managua, Nicaragua was established as the “sister school” for FBCS. The FBCS partnered with the teachers and staff from Nicaragua to help mentor and encourage the teachers and students of Managua. The weekly offering collected from Chapel goes to support Mount of Olives School. FBC takes yearly mission trips to Managua in order to minister to the individuals in that school and community
First Baptist Church School became Legacy Christian School in 2002 under the direction of Mrs. Pam Flood. During this time, the school mascot was established. Legacy became the home of the Legacy Lions. Red, blue, and white were chosen as the school’s colors. During her tenure, Legacy established its school song, creed, and mission statement. Mrs. Flood’s vision for Legacy helped to establish it as an accredited entity.
In 2009, First Baptist Church Claremore underwent an enormous campaign to increase the classroom space of the church. The church voted on and approved an addition of 28, 000 square feet of new classroom space. The remodeling and building phase was complete in 2011, and Legacy moved into its fabulous new accommodations. In the expansion process, the church also purchased a gymnasium and additional classroom space for church use from Claremore Public Schools. FBC also invested in the youth by building a new youth facility for grades seven through twelve. The church has been extremely gracious with their acquisition, and allows Legacy to utilize the facilities. Their generosity has enabled the school to host basketball games for the Elementary Christian Conference of Tulsa in which Legacy participates. The church supports the growth and future of the school by being generous with its facilities and property.
In 2010, Mrs. B. Arland Callison became the administrator. Mrs. Callison addressed the need for better sources of technology in the school. Upon her recommendation, the school board voted to purchase a server for Legacy. The technology lab’s computers were replaced with new systems from 2010-2012. All of the teachers’ computers have been upgraded, and Smart Boards have been installed in every Kindergarten through sixth grade classroom. Nineteen classrooms have received new teacher desks, student desks, chairs, and kidney shaped reading tables. Under her leadership, the school has grown significantly from 74 students Kindergarten through sixth grades to 112. The pre-2 through pre-4 program now boasts an enrollment of 113. When Mrs. Callison took the helm, the school budget was $342, 035. The current 2015 budget is $899, 875. Her commitment to providing an exceptional Christian education is made possible by the responsible stewardship of the school’s resources, and her vision for the growth of Legacy.
Mr. Pete Jensen took the helm in August of 2016. Mr. Jensen comes to us from the great state of Texas, where he spent his earlier career in coaching, teaching, and administration. Mr. Jensen has a heart for students and thier families. His vision is to continue to grow Legacy and to enable our students to be and do their very best.
Today LCS has a cumulative current enrollment over 200 students with 30 full and part-time staff. Legacy’s rich history is testament to the vision of one man, and God’s provision for that dream throughout the years by other committed pastors, administrators, and teachers.