An Independent School • Grades 5-12

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.

Program highlights:

  • 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

Rising 6th Grade Program


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

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.

Swimming & Activities

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.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor experiences will focus on teamwork, communication, and leadership development. There will be a culminating outdoor overnight trip.

Rising 9th Grade Program


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. Classes help students learn organization, time management, self-advocacy, and leadership skills.


Students participate in sports for at least one hour a day. The focus is on participation, teamwork, and sportsmanship, rather than competition.

Service Learning

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

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.

School-Year Program

LEEP continues during the school year to help students build skills and access support. Students attend a few Saturday sessions from October to May.


Thank you for your interest in LEEP! The online application for LEEP 2018 will be available February 1, 2018.

Visit the LEEP admissions page to learn more.


In 1965, the Lakeside Educational Enrichment Program (LEEP) was created by Dan Ayrault, Jim Steil, and Pete Steil as a partnership between Lakeside School and Seattle Public Schools (SPS).

The program has continued every summer, and has served more than 3,600 students to date. While there have been some changes, including the addition of a school-year component, the objectives have remained the same. Students then and now remember the commitment of LEEP staff, the opportunity to connect with other students in the Seattle area, and the activities that help them develop a new understanding of what they can accomplish. LEEP is successful because of the dedication of teachers and counselors, the engagement of LEEP students and graduates, the support of SPS middle school counselors, and the backing of Lakeside School.

Support LEEP

LEEP is supported entirely by private contributions. The costs of tuition, transportation, food, instructional materials, and athletic equipment are fully covered; students are able to participate entirely free of tuition and fees. The Lakeside Parents and Guardians Association (PGA) has been LEEP’s longest-continuous supporter, in addition to several private donors, restricted endowment funds, and a generous grant from the Nintendo Corporation in 1992.

Make a donation to support the future success of LEEP.

Contact LEEP

Phone: 206-440-2867

Latasia Lanier '90
LEEP Director

Margaret Hardy '02
Associate Director of Admissions & Outreach

Kelly Schierholz
LEEP Coordinator

Karen Weslander
LEEP Administrative Assistant

For Current LEEPers