Our programs are designed to cultivate the creative talents of our students. Our goal is to offer a series of enriching after school classes. Last year, L.E.A.P.S. offered an array of great programs, including Chess, Irish Dance and Baton, to name a few.
Speech and Debate
The Elementary and Varsity Speech and Debate teams compete in several National Junior Forensic League sanctioned tournaments throughout the year. Over the past five years, the team has earned more than a hundred trophies and medals for their efforts in a variety of events, including: Duo Interpretation, Storytelling, Original Oratory, Impromptu Speaking, Thematic Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation and Prose Interpretation.
The significance of participating in Speech and Debate in high school was highlighted in a recent Wall Street Journal study which found that “…dedicated participation in drama and debate has significantly increased the success rate of college applicants by more than 60% compared with the rest of the pool and those students have a 22% to 30% higher acceptance rate at top tier colleges.”
The Drama Club provides students with the opportunity to perform in two plays a year. Besides performing, students work in all aspects of the productions: design, stage managing, choreography and music direction. Some of the past Drama Club productions include: Annie, Grease, Macbeth, James & the Giant Peach, Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz.
Professional instruction in performing arts, fine art and music are offered throughout the grade levels. Students showcase their talents at the annual art show and perform musically with their classes in the Christmas pageant. The Drama Club puts rising stars on stage in two or more productions during the school year.