Education Graduate to Open a K-8 School

Kisha Bellande-Francis, Ed.D.

Kisha Bellande-Francis, Ed.D., graduate of NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education (FCE) is currently involved in the process of opening a K-8 school, Legacy Academy of Innovation, in West Palm Beach, Florida. The school is slated to open in 2021, and will be a non-profit institution that will offer students with socioeconomic challenges an education beyond the traditional grade-based methods. The school’s goal is to provide disadvantaged children opportunities that will enrich their educational experience, thus leading them to higher levels of success.

Legacy Academy of Innovation will use a competency-based education framework. Competency-based education meets students where they are academically, provides opportunities for choice, and awards students credit for evidence of learning, not time spent studying a subject.

Bellande-Francis, Ed.D., earned her doctorate degree with FCE in 2018. Presently, she is an instructional specialist who develops the best instructional practices in 12 districts across 7 states.

For a detailed description of Legacy Academy of Innovation’s Vision and to meet the Board, please visit: