Learning to Elevate Action Program (LEAP)
Norfolk Collegiate’s Learning to Elevate Action Program―known as LEAP―provides robust and meaningful experiential learning opportunities to students in Grades 9-12. Through LEAP, students can discover their interests, passions and skill sets through exploration and experiential and service learning.
Students set out on this path of self-discovery through an annual Leap Project and LEAP Term.
The Leap Project
The Leap Project provides students with time and space during their upper school tenure to pursue something of interest. Whether that interest is academic, athletic, musical, artistic or just something that seems fun, students are encouraged to take full advantage of this opportunity to make an individual decision about their learning.
Along the way, students engage with activities and exercises that build key skill sets like public speaking, collaboration, generative thinking and more. The ultimate goal of the Leap Project is to ignite excitement around learning, exploring and doing.
Upper school students can pursue a different focus for their Leap Project from year to year or extend a focus from one year to the next. By their senior year, students will have a strong sense of self, confidence in future academic and personal paths, and a curiosity and deep appreciation of learning for learning’s sake. These experiences push students to think and to learn in different ways, exposing them to new topics or areas they have not traditionally had the opportunity to explore.
The LEAP Map
Norfolk Collegiate utilizes the Experience Institute’s award-winning Leap Map to guide students in their journey to designing the right Leap Project for them.
The Leap Map consists of four sections: Discover, Prepare, Act and Share. Students complete each section of their Leap Map using sticky-notes so they can add to, think, respond and allow their thinking to change and evolve over time. The Leap Map’s framework is shaped by characteristics of design thinking and growth mindset development place significance on iterative thinking, trying things or taking appropriate risks, pivoting if something doesn’t work and developing resilience in the face of challenges.
Each year’s LEAP journey looks different and will have a different outcome for students. Below is a breakdown of what it looks like for each grade level.