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Lesmurdie Extension and Acceleration Program (L.E.A.P.)

Lesmurdie Extension and Acceleration Program (L.E.A.P.)

Positions for 2020 are now filled. 

Applications for Year 7 LEAP 2021 open on Monday 24 February 2020.

Testing takes place on Saturday 3 April.

The Lesmurdie Extension and Acceleration Program (LEAP) is available to selected students across the state, entering Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 in 2020, who demonstrate superior aptitude and ability in the areas of Mathematics and Science.

LEAP is a specialist program recognised by the Department of Education which provides an enriched learning environment designed to extend and challenge each individual to achieve his or her full potential. LEAP aims to challenge students with enriched learning opportunities through extension and acceleration, encouraging high levels of thinking through a stimulating learning environment. Enriched learning opportunities such as the broadening of the curriculum to develop knowledge, application and high order/critical thinking skills are combined with extension involving the deepening of students’ knowledge, understanding and skills. Students are engaged in self-directed thinking that produces new and innovative ideas and solves problems; reflecting critically on learning experiences and processes.

Students participating in the program enjoy the benefits of being taught by carefully selected and enthusiastic teachers who utilise research based practices to meet the individual needs of our young scientists and mathematicians. In addition, they reap the advantages of associating and competing with other very capable and highly motivated students. The program itself incorporates a wide range of practical activities, complex problem-solving, model making, excursions, field work, individual and group research and presentations that build on the traits needed to excel in the Mathematics and Science fields. Topics of study are carefully chosen to maximise the students’ educational opportunities and best prepare them for the Senior School and Tertiary Education courses that are likely to be encountered in the future. The students are encouraged to participate in various state and national extracurricular activities and competitions in which Lesmurdie Senior High School has an impressive record of success. Students in Year 10 may have the opportunity to engage in overseas and interstate study tips, using their theoretical knowledge in real world situations.

As a result of their accelerated and enriched Lower School Mathematics and Science preparation, these students attain impressive levels of achievement in the WACE exams. Many students of the program enter tertiary courses in Mining, Technology, Engineering and other related fields in universities across Australia. The LEAP program is a major factor in Lesmurdie Senior High School being recognised as a significant contributor to undergraduates in these fields.

To ensure that all participants in the program have access to the best learning opportunities, a maximum of 32 placements are made at the entrance level (Year 7) each year. Continuation in the program is conditional upon the student maintaining high academic performance and exemplary behaviour at all times. A top up testing regime may be held in subsequent years if places are available.

Selection of participants is conducted during Year 6 and is based on the individual’s aptitude and ability as indicated by standardised testing. NAPLAN and reports may be considered in this process.

Testing is limited to those students who have submitted an application.

ENTRY TO THE PROGRAM

Between 28 and 32 students are offered places in the program thus ensuring that the program includes students of the highest ability.  Local Intake and Out of Area students are encouraged to apply.

Testing for Year 7 LEAP 2021

will be held on Saturday 3 April

APPLICATION FOR TESTING    

Students are required to complete and return the APPLICATION FOR TESTING and are required to register for testing at the morning or afternoon testing session.

Applications for testing close on

Monday 23 March 2020.

Testing is limited to those students who have submitted the application.

THE SELECTION PROCESS

The Selection Process consists of three phases:

Phase 1: Selection Test

The test takes approximately 2 hours and consists of a  recognised, standardised test of literacy, numeracy and non-verbal concepts. A break will be provided part way through the testing.

Phase 2: Selection Panel

Heads of Mathematics and Science Learning Areas and the LEAP Coordinator assess and select successful students. In assessing a student’s suitability for the LEAP program, primary schools may be contacted to complete a confidential report regarding the student’s NAPLAN results and report data including behaviour and level of commitment. Interviews may also be held.

Phase 3: Offer of Placement

Successful Students

A formal Offer of Placement will be emailed to successful students by Friday 1 May 2020. The Acceptance of the Offer of Placement via reply email to Samantha.Sharman@education.wa.edu.au at Lesmurdie Senior High School by Friday 8 May 2020 to be assured of a place in Year 7 LEAP in 2021.

Unsuccessful students

Students who are not successful will be notified by email.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Two scholarships are awarded to the most deserving students as identified by the selection process and who meet our core values. This entitles the student to part exemption from Year 7 charges and contributions.

CONTACT

All enquiries may be directed to the LEAP Coordinator on 9291 1200.