Landon leaps into student enrichment


Lower School students will have new learning opportunities in the 2019-20 school year with the introduction of the Landon Enrichment and Afterschool Program (LEAP). The program, which will eventually be offered to all students, features classes taught by Landon faculty after school hours in subjects that enhance the academic curriculum.

"LEAP gives students the chance to learn skills that are not only complementary to what is being taught in the classroom during the school day, but they will also be able to explore new interests and build relationships with their teacher-coach-mentors," said Director of Auxiliary Programs Jamie Simon.

Teacher-coach-mentors from all three divisions will lead the classes on subjects ranging from chess to typing to rock band. The classes will run from 4-5 p.m. Monday through Friday on a trimester schedule, and the cost will vary by class. Students can also stay for AfterCare following LEAP until 6 p.m. each day. Class descriptions and signups for the fall will be available on BearNet in May, according to Auxiliary Programs Manager Megan Conway. She will oversee the program.

"LEAP's mission, simply stated, is that we are expanding the learning experience beyond the school day in creative, dynamic and fun ways while supporting Landon's core values," Simon added. "We believe this program accomplishes these goals, and we are looking forward to feedback from our community about the classes they would like to see offered for the boys."

The development of LEAP is part of the 2018 Strategic Plan, which called on the school to build intentional, new school-wide programming for students and enhance their learning experience. In addition to LEAP, the school plans to formalize a before care program that will allow parents to drop off students before the school day begins. There are also plans for an adult education program that will give parents the opportunity to pursue their passions and benefit from the expertise of Landon faculty.