Lakeside Educational Enrichment Program (LEEP)
Lakeside Educational Enrichment Program (LEEP) is a free four-week summer program designed for Seattle Public Schools students entering 6th or 9th grade in the fall of 2018.
LEEP gives motivated students the chance to work with experienced teachers, supportive counselors, and a dynamic peer group in an enriching program. Students are able learners with academic potential, whether or not they have already demonstrated that ability in previous academic work. They are students looking for opportunities to refine their academic skills, to have fun connecting with new friends and teachers, to step outside their comfort zone, and to become more reflective and future-thinking. LEEP aims to stimulate students’ intellectual curiosity and to support them in gaining new knowledge, skills, and attitudes as they transition to middle or high school.
LEEP has been one of the greatest experiences of my life! I thought it was going to be just like school; boy, was I wrong! Every day was something new, and the teachers and counselors were amazing.
- LEEP 2017 student
New in 2018! We are excited to announce the development of a new program for students in the summer between their 5th and 6th grade year, in addition to the program for students moving from 8th to 9th grade. More details about the younger cohort will be shared throughout the 2017-18 school year.
Students in the younger cohort will learn in interdisciplinary courses that offer the appropriate level of challenge and support. Skills such as organization, time management, self-advocacy, and habits of mind will be emphasized.
DEEP focuses on habits of mind and leadership development. The curriculum fosters critical thinking, persistence, and resilience. Instruction is student-centered, asking students to reflect upon themselves and to consider other perspectives. Classes are single-gender.
Digital life is designed to ensure students have the computer and multimedia skills needed to support their academic work and to develop a strong foundation for future technology use. Students will also learn about understanding the ethical uses of technology in and out of the classroom. Lessons are focused on experiential and project-based learning.
Considering the importance of young students feeling comfortable and confident in and around water, each student will receive up to eight 30-minute swimming lessons at a nearby public pool. Students will also participate in daily outdoor, on-campus activities that promote sportsmanship and reflect LEEP values.
LEEP helps prepare students for high-school level academics. Summer classes are small, with approximately 18 students led by an experienced teacher and two college-aged counselors.
Interdisciplinary classes help students learn organization, time management, self-advocacy and leadership skills. DEEP allows for discussion and personal development in single-gender classes. Students can expect a small amount of homework, which typically can be completed during the daily study hall.
The summer session concludes with a service-learning experience. LEEP partners with nonprofit organizations engaging in issues around the environment and ending hunger and poverty. Students finish the summer with approximately 12 hours of service learning they can apply to the Seattle Public Schools’ 60-hour graduation requirement.
Stand and Deliver presentations are a hallmark of the program. All members of the LEEP community, staff and students, make a three- to five-minute presentation before the entire group. These can take the form of poetry, stories, speeches, or playing a musical instrument. Stand and Deliver can be intensely personal and challenging, but it remains an important LEEP experience and a bonding activity.
LEEP continues during the school year to help students build skills and access support. Students attend a few Saturday sessions from October to May. Sessions are mandatory and have two formats: activity days or class days. Activity days offer an assortment of social activities, service learning, and/or college and career preparation. Class days are modified academic days that mirror aspects of a LEEP summer day. Each spring, LEEP staff members also take high school juniors on a tour of colleges and universities in the Seattle area to assist them in learning about different college environments.