LEAP 2016-17

An Overview

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Vineland Public Schools is based upon the conviction that all students can learn. We recognize that learning is the result of a strong partnership of parents, teachers and the community, as students are challenged to become active participants in the quest for excellence. Our goal is to ensure a safe, creative, stimulating and caring environment which promotes self-esteem, sound character, responsibility and respect for diversity. This will enable students to become knowledgeable, skillful, life-long learners who are contributing citizens in our changing society. We expect the best from our students and will give no less of ourselves.

LEAP Mission Statement

Program Goals

A. To develop human potential more fully by providing learning experiences for children who demonstrate a high performance capability in academic and/or whole talent areas.

B. To stimulate and promote the abilities and talents of children by providing

enrichment opportunities.

Selection Process

Selection for Vineland’s LEAP program is also determined in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A: 8, Standards and Assessment for Student Achievement: District boards of education shall make provisions for an ongoing K-12 identification process for gifted and talented students that includes multiple measures, including but not limited to, achievement test scores, grades, student performance or products, intelligence testing, parent, student and/or teacher recommendation, and other appropriate measures.

Program Goals

A. To develop human potential more fully by providing learning experiences for children who demonstrate a high performance capability in academic and/or whole

talent areas.

B. To stimulate and promote the abilities and talents of children by providing

enrichment opportunities.

Elementary LEAP Enrichment

Purpose: To provide authentic, group-based, and problem-based learning opportunities for students in grades 3-5 that expand the offerings to students beyond the realm of Math or Language Arts and into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. (S.T.E.M.) Elementary students in either Math or Language Arts receive enrichment.

Goal: To allow students to meet homogeneously with other LEAP students on challenging project- based and problem- based activities that also promote the social-emotional needs of high-achieving students. The program is also designed to allow students an enriching addition to the standard educational setting in an area(s) where a student may have a particular interest to engage in further study.

How it works: students in grades 3-5 will be pulled out once every 5 day cycle for 40 minutes. They will complete tasks associated with the goals of Science Fair. Students will be grouped by grade and/or interest.

Our Schools: Ross Stanger

LEAP In-Class Framework

https://youtu.be/87s0vtHOqfM

Criteria for Entry


Students are first identified in January of the kindergarten year through a process that involves teacher recommendation and classroom performance on the Running Record or the end-of year math test. Students are initially 'rolled over' once they gain entry to the program through grade 2. New students can be entered at the end of the year and in either first or second grade using multiple measures of achievement that include teacher recommendation, student performance on Running Record or district-created tests, and classroom grades. The setting for all services in language arts and math in grades k-2 is the classroom.

In the spring of students' second grade year, they take the Otis Lennon IQ test and the Terra Nova test, which is a nationally normed test. Students are compared to other test takers nation-wide and receive scoring results for Reading/Literacy and Mathematics as a percentage. The percentage refers to the number of students whom they scored higher than out of a random sampling of 100 tests takers. The scores on the Terra Nova and IQ are added to students' classroom grades and added together to a cumulative score students must meet. Vineland's cutoff is 293. Any combination of IQ, Terra Nova, and grade that reaches 293 equates to eligibility for Grade 3 LEAP services. In fourth grade through eighth grade, we use students' grades from the prior year, the highest IQ score from either the grade 2 or grade 5 IQ administration, and the students' NJASK scores. The numerical cutoff is 453 for math and 438 in language arts.

Services Offered To Students

K-5: Teacher Differentiates Instruction To Students in Flexible Groups According to Students' Ability

6th-8th Grades: Homogeneous classes with Accelerated/Enriched Curriculum