College of Education and Allied Professions

Language Enhancement After-school Program

A partnership of the College of Education and Allied Professions, Jackson County Public Schools, and the Cullowhee United Methodist Church

The LEAP Program is an after school program that provides high-quality programming to students who are learning or who have learned English as a second language. We also conduct parent outreach to involve parents in the process of educating their children. We provide meaningful learning activities to help scaffold and prepare students for school and for life.

We work with Jackson County Schools, Western Carolina University, and Cullowhee United Methodist Church to create a program in which many stakeholders are interested in the long-term success of the children enrolled in the program.

The LEAP After School Program is a grant-funded organization and our continued service to the students depends on the success we can help them achieve through our teaching and facilitation of activities.

Through fun activities that have a basis in Common Core as well as other academic goals, field trips, clubs, and working with peers, students have the chance to learn many skills that will help them excel academically.

We approach our work with the children with a loving, positive standpoint. Our tutors and volunteers in the organization are trained to give each child the very best instruction, using the most up-to-date technologies and methodologies.

Primary Goals:

  • To promote English language development and proficiency
  • To focus on reading, writing and math skills through a developed and responsive curriculum.
  • Improve communication and social language skills of students who are or were a part of the ESL program at Cullowhee Valley School.
  • Establish a parent outreach and education program.
  • Host an open house at the beginning of the academic year.
  • Host one parent night per semester
  • Create weekly “make and take” projects to send home
  • Students participate in “stations” – two stations that help with homework and literacy, followed by a “free” station that supports other learning
  • To create interest clubs that help keep student motivation high
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