Established in 1992 as a coeducational independent secondary school, over the past nineteen years Legae Academy has achieved an international reputation for providing its students with access to a world class education at an affordable price. Its fees have been kept substantially lower than other quality private schools. This has been possible notwithstanding the fact that the Academy has not sought sponsorship from corporations, embassies or other external donors, allowing it to admit qualified applications on a first come first served basis.
The Academy is the sister school to Legae English Medium Primary School, which opened its doors in 1983. Both Legae schools strive to combine the time honoured strengths of Botswana’s indigenous culture with a cosmopolitan outlook that prepares students to meet the rapidly evolving demands of tomorrow’s global economy.
The Academy is fully registered with the Botswana Ministry of Education (no. SE 4/6/150 of 1992), in accordance with all applicable local educational statutes. It is also a member of the Botswana Association of Private Schools (BAPS). Through the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) the Academy is internationally certified as an approved Oxford, Cambridge and Royal Society of the Arts (OCR) Examinations Centre.
In 1998 the Academy was among the select group of education and training institutions from around the world, and the first in Botswana, that were honoured as recipients of the “Arch of Europe International Quality Award” in the Gold Category. Legae’s institutional quality was further recognised in 2003 when its management was selected to receive two additional international honours: the “Golden Star for Management Merit” and “Worldwide Quality XXI Century” awards. “Legae” is a Setswana word for “home”. Both Legae schools share a basic commitment to providing a secure and caring environment that facilitates a culture of learning.
Their common logo shows fledglings being reared in their nest. The Academy’s Setswana motto- “Thuto go aga Botho” - roughly translates as “Education builds humanity”, while the additional English motto - “Every child is yours”- reflects the indigenous tradition that all members of a community have a collective responsibility in moulding the next generation. The Academy is governed by a Board of Governors consisting of its Managing Director, the Principal (ex-officio), a representative of the ministry of education, and Gaborone City Council, Parents’ representatives, directors and additional members as provided for under appropriate Education (Private Secondary Schools) Regulations and the guide lines set out in the Education Act.