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

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

Lesmurdie Senior High School Extension and Acceleration Program

(LEAP) in 2020.

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 experienced 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.

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.

Selection of participants is conducted during Year 6 and is based on the individual’s aptitude and ability as indicated by standardised testing and information provided by primary schools.

 

Applications for Supplementary Testing or Out of Area Testing close on

Wednesday 3 April, 2019

Testing conducted Friday 5 April, 2019

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.

APPLICATION FOR TESTING    

Local Intake School Students

All Year 6 students attending our local intake Primary Schools complete the annual LEAP testing process at their Primary School.

If your child is absent on the day of testing and you would like him/her to sit the test you should complete the Supplementary Testing Application Form and return via email to lesmurdie.shs@education.wa.edu.au.  Completing the application will ensure that you are placed on a mailing list to receive any relevant information. Testing is limited to those students who have submitted the application.

LEAP Supplementary Testing Application Form 2020

Out of Area Students

Students not attending our Local Area Intake Schools must complete the Out of Area Testing Application Form and return via email to lesmurdie.shs@education.wa.edu.au.  Completing the application will ensure that you are placed on a mailing list to receive any relevant information. Testing is limited to those students who have submitted the application.

LEAP Out of Area Testing Application Form 2020 

Supplementary and Out of Area Test Dates

Applications for Supplementary Testing or Out of Area Testing close on

Wednesday April 3, 2019.

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

Testing will occur on Friday April 5, 2019 at Lesmurdie Senior High School commencing at 9.00am, finishing at 12 noon. Please arrive at the school at 8:45am on the day to allow for greeting and setting up students.

THE SELECTION PROCESS

The Selection Process consists of three phases:

Phase 1: Selection Test

The test takes approximately 2.5 hours and consists of two parts:

  1. A recognised, standardised test of literacy, numeracy and non-verbal concepts.
  2. A Mathematics and Science problem solving test.

Phase 2: Selection Panel

Heads of Mathematics and Science Learning Areas and the Teaching and Learning 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.

Phase 3: Offer of Placement

Successful Students

A formal Offer of Placement will be emailed to successful students by Friday 14 June 2019. The Acceptance of the Offer of Placement via reply email to Samantha.Sharman@education.wa.edu.au at Lesmurdie Senior High School by Friday 21 June 2019 to be assured of a place in Year 7 LEAP in 2020.

Unsuccessful students

Students who are not successful will be notified through their Primary Schools (Local Area Intake) and by email (Out of Area students).

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are awarded to the highest achieving student from within the Local Intake Area and the highest achieving student from Out of Area, as identified by the selection process. This entitles the student to part exemption from Year 7 charges and contributions.

CONTACT

All enquiries may be directed to Stuart Rutter, Teaching and Learning Coordinator on 9291 1200.