Lakeside Educational Enrichment Program (LEEP)
Lakeside Educational Enrichment Program (LEEP) is a free four-week summer program designed for Seattle Public School students entering grades 6 or 9 in fall 2018.
Through engaging and fun activities and classes, LEEP aims to build students' excitement about school and learning. It also helps them gain knowledge and skills that will smooth the transition to middle and high school. It's a blend of summer camp and summer school, where LEEPers make new friends, discover new interests, and develop a new appreciation for learning.
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.
- Prepare for middle or high school academics.
- Improve skills in organization and time management.
- Discover leadership abilities.
- Develop computer and multimedia skills.
- Enjoy outdoor education, sports, and other physical activities.
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
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.
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 single-gender swimming lessons at a nearby public pool. Students will also participate in daily outdoor, on-campus activities that promote sportsmanship and reflect LEEP values.
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.