Learning Enrichment Accelerated Program (LEAP)
Hallettsville Elementary School (HES) encourages students to become independent and abstract thinkers. HES has developed LEAP (Learning Enrichment Accelerated Program) for K-4th grade students who have been identified as Gifted and Talented. LEAP students will meet on Fridays during their scheduled intervention period. All students who participate in LEAP will meet with ART/GT teacher, Mrs. Higgins. Kindergarten students who are identified as GT will begin LEAP on March 1. All general education teachers have had specific GT training and provide differentiated and individual instruction within the general education classroom.
The use of accelerated and enriched content exposes students to knowledge and skills that connect with their mental, rather than chronological, age. The GT program utilizes teaching strategies and learning experiences that require higher-order thought processes and encourage the use of resources beyond those reserved for their age or grade level. Students are guided throughout their learning to move from consumers of knowledge to producers of knowledge. Your child will be encouraged to develop skills in creative/critical thinking, problem-solving, self-directed and independent learning, as well as written and oral communication.
HES will use the Texas Performance Standard Projects from the Texas Education Agency and other supplements as resources for LEAP. You may find more information about Texas Performance Standards Projects online at, http://www.texaspsp.org/. Instruction will be project based and will promote independent learning and thinking, group collaboration, research in multiple content areas, individuality and creativity.
As parents/guardians you can stimulate discussion by asking your child about the projects he/she is working on within their classroom, small groups and LEAP. Student projects will be ongoing over a period of time. LEAP students will be given opportunities to share and display their projects with peers. We are looking forward to an exciting year full of fun and exploration.
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding LEAP or your child’s progress.
Jason Harris, Principal
Ginny Janak, Assistant Principal
Debbie Higgins, ART/GT Teacher