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

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

 

The Lesmurdie Extension and Acceleration Program (LEAP) is available to selected students in Years 7 to 9 who demonstrate superior aptitude and ability in the areas of Science and Mathematics.

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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 Science and Mathematics 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 Science and Mathematics preparation, these students attain impressive levels of achievement in the WACE exams. Many past students of the program have completed, or are currently studying, related courses in universities across Australia. The program is a major factor in the school being recognised as a significant contributor to undergraduates entering tertiary courses in Mining, Technology, Engineering and other related 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.

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 .

There is no external entry process for students in Year 8 or 9. Vacancies are filled internally on merit.

APPLICATION FOR TESTING    

Applications for testing for Local Intake and Out of Area students can be lodged with the Special Projects Manager, Mrs Jessica Cubbage. An application will ensure that you are placed on a mailing list to receive any relevant information including a testing date for your child.

Enquiries regarding the program can be placed with Mrs Jessica Cubbage by phoning Lesmurdie Senior High School Reception on (08) 92911200 or via email on Jessica.Rawes@education.wa.edu.au

THE SELECTION PROCESS

The Selection Process consists of three phases:

Phase 1: Selection Test

The test takes approximately 2 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.

Students are required to submit hard copies of their Year 5 NAPLAN results and their Semester 2 report to Mrs Jessica Cubbage on the testing day.

Phase 2: Selection Panel

High achieving students identified by the Selection Test are placed on a short list and proceed to Phase 2. Local Intake Primary schools may be requested 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 will receive a formal offer of placement in the program. Students on the short list who are not successful in receiving an offer of placement will be placed on a reserve list and notified of this situation. These students may later be offered placements should vacancies arise. Unsuccessful students will be advised.

 

OFFER OF PLACEMENT

A formal Offer of Placement will be extended to all successful students at the conclusion of all phases of the selection test.  Parents of successful students will receive formal enrolment information before the end of Term 3.

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER The Acceptance of Offer of Placement form must be returned to the LEAP Coordinator by the due date or the offer will expire. Upon returning an Acceptance of Offer of Placement, students are assured of that position in their entry year. However, please note that this is a once only offer to enter the program directly from Primary School.

RESERVE LIST

Students who were placed on the reserve list are required to accept their reserve place and follow the general enrolment process. Should positions in the LEAP class become vacant, students on this list will be offered places in order of merit.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are awarded to the two highest achieving students entering LEAP in Year 7, as identified by the selection process. This entitles the bearer to part exemption from Year 7 charges and contributions.

CONTACT

All enquiries may be directed to the Special Projects Manager (Mrs Jessica Cubbage) through the Lesmurdie Senior High School reception on 08 92911200.

All Applications and Acceptance forms are to be forwarded directly to:

Ms Jessica Cubbage

Lesmurdie Senior High School

21 Reid Rd

Lesmurdie WA 6076

Ph: 09 9291 1247

Fax: 08 9291 1234

Email: jessica.rawes@education.wa.edu.au