Learning to Elevate Action Program (LEAP)

The Learning to Elevate Action Program (LEAP) is the culmination of many years’ effort in strategic planning to develop robust and meaningful experiential learning opportunities for Norfolk Collegiate’s upper school students. Through LEAP, students in grades nine-12 will have the chance to drive their learning based on personal interests, passions and skills by designing a project each year. By the end of their tenure in the upper school, students will have a strong sense of self, confidence in the future academic and personal paths they have forged for themselves, and curiosity and deep appreciation of learning for learning’s sake. 


LEAP programming will permeate student life at Norfolk Collegiate through our upper school advisory and school meeting times as well as through a week of learning beyond the classroom. During that week, in particular, programming will leverage Norfolk Collegiate’s relationships with city and regional community partners to provide students with unmatched opportunities to experience the Hampton Roads area as the classroom beyond our campus. 

Though LEAP will continue to evolve in years to come, here are a few key aspects of next year’s program: 

  • Advisors will work in partnership with Experience Institute and its award winning Leap Map to guide students in self reflective exercises and activities that will ignite individual project focuses.
  • Monthly lunch and learn opportunities for students to meet in small groups with visiting speakers. 
  • LEAP Term, a week dedicated solely to project development, immersive workshops led by local experts and industry professionals from a variety of fields, and internship and off-campus service opportunities, domestic and international travel opportunities for upperclassmen. 

We are especially excited to announce that award-winning young adult writer Elizabeth Acevedo, author of The Poet X and With the Fire on High, will be kicking off the 2020 LEAP Term with a keynote and two student workshops.