About LEAP

About LEAP

Learning Enrichment for Advanced Pupils

The LEAP program consists of two parts. The Gifted and Talented Education part of the program uses multiple criteria to identify potentially Gifted and Talented students. These identified students receive direct instructional services in grades 4-8.

The second part of the LEAP program consists of enrichment opportunities for students not yet identified for participation in the Gifted and Talented part of the program. This group of students varies from year-to-year and may receive pull-out services in addition to in-class enrichment opportunities.



Gifted and Talented Education


Grades Four through Eight:

Students entering fourth grade are identified using the agreed-upon criteria, usually resulting in 5-10 students being a part of the Gifted and Talented program. Beginning in October, fourth grade students meet with the LEAP teacher/teacher of G T one time each week. Beginning activities focus on critical and creative thinking and eventually move to more student-identified topics of interest. During the first 7 weeks of the middle school year, students identified for the G T program meet by grade level with the teacher of G T for their Cycle class (35 sessions). At the conclusion of the first Cycle class, middle school students meet with the G T teacher by selecting from among several periods each week based on the schedule of activities in their regular classes. During these G T class periods, students work on independent project work determined in conjunction with the G T teacher. G T students may also select one or two of the Curriculum Extension periods taught by the LEAP teacher, where they attend with non-G T students.

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