Learning Enhancement and Acceleration Program (LEAP)

The Learning Enhancement and Acceleration Program (LEAP) caters for students in Years 7 to 9, providing students with an opportunity to explore and deepen their learning in a specific field of study or across several learning areas. LEAP provides a seamless link to our Barak Pathways Model which enables students in Years 10 to 12 to access greater options to study VCE and VET accelerated units. 

The program draws upon best practice research as well as local data. By inviting students who have shown strong skills and abilities across the curriculum, we are able to develop their thinking and enhance their overall educational experience. The LEAP program begins in Year 7 with students offered the opportunity to expand their learning in the areas of literacy or numeracy and this is extended in Year 8 and 9 to also include Science, ICT and STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Maths), Drama/Script Writing and critical thinking skills.

Students are encouraged to focus on the process of learning new skills and take risks in their learning, exploring new ideas and creative ways of solving problems. These groups have a smaller class size to enable greater teacher-student interaction. LEAP classes are scheduled to allow students to come out of a range of their normally timetabled classes where they have shown they are able to learn more quickly. Personalised learning through Passion Projects is a key feature of LEAP and allows participants to research, discover, invent and create in areas of individual interest.