How LeAp Programs Work

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All LeAp programs are customized to meet the specific needs of each grade level, and student population—including students with special needs, English language learners and gifted. LeAp residencies and workshops are designed to improve students’ academic, artistic, and social skills and can be structured and implemented as direct pupil instruction during the school day or after school, as staff development trainings, or as parent involvement initiatives.  LeAp programs are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and STEM initiatives and involve hands-on, project-based learning.
In School Residencies
After School Programs
Professional Development


  • LeAp’s educational assemblies are interactive and available for up to 300 students per performance.
  • Schools can choose either a single performance followed by a classroom visit or two back-to-back performances.
  • Assemblies range in price from $500 to $2000, depending on the show and number of performers.
  • The performances range from those designed for very young children such as Aesop’s Fables to those for teens such as the Bully Series.

Parent Workshops

  • LeAp’s parent workshops encourage parents to feel part of the school community and be actively engaged in their children’s education and are designed to meet the specific needs of each parent population.
  • Any program in the LeAp catalog can be tailored to parents.
  • Workshops can take place during the school day, after school, in the early evening, or on Saturdays.
  • Parent workshops can be conducted as a single session or as a series. Each workshop is 2.5 hours.
  • Workshops can be conducted solely for parents, or for parents and children, and serve up to 35 participants.
  • Workshops can be conducted in English or Spanish. 

In School Residencies

  • Residencies range from 6 to 40 sessions and can take place from 1 to 5 days per week. Most programs occur 1-3 times per week.
  • All residencies begin with a one-on-one planning session with the LeAp teaching artist and each classroom teacher. Additional planning sessions occur during the residency.
  • LeAp works with up to 4 classes during the school day (a 5th class can be included for a minimal fee), and with up to 2 groups after school.
  • LeAp teaching artists work with up to 35 students during the school day and with up to 20 students in our afterschool programs, with a member of the school personnel on site.
  • All LeAp residencies use hands-on, arts-based learning and culminate in an exhibition or performance.
  • All LeAp residencies are evaluated by teachers, staff, and students so that we can continually assess and improve our programs.

After School Programs

LeAp offers a wide range of innovative, engaging programs that extend the school day and include academics, arts, cultural activities, recreation, leadership, and social and emotional development for students in grades preK-12.
  • SONYC - LeAp is proud to be part of SONYC (School’s Out New York City) initiative for middle school students and is working with students in six schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn. SONYC offers young people a choice of activity clubs while providing youth leadership, recreation, academic enrichment, and parent involvement.  Programs take place three hours each day, five days per week. 
  • 21st Century – LeAp facilitates programs that are part of the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21stCCLC), a federally funded initiative that provides academic enrichment, youth development and family engagement. This program helps students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs, and provide literacy activities and other educational services to the families of participating youth. 
  • ESD/VP – LeAp receives support from the NYC Extended School Day / Violence Prevention initiative which addresses the problem of school violence through activities and/or other violence prevention strategies/resources. These programs focus on creating and maintaining a safe and supportive environment in which all students can succeed academically, artistically, and socially.    
  • LeAp’s Customized Afterschool Programs – LeAp offers a wide range of afterschool workshops and residency programs that extend the school day and include clubs for students, parent engagement, professional development, and academic enrichment. LeAp’s afterschool programs use hands-on, project-based learning and culminate in an exhibition or performance.  LeAp tailors activities to meet the specific needs of students and schools. Residencies take place from 1 to 5 days per week up to 30 weeks.  LeAp teaching artists work with one to two groups for up to 2.5 hours and with up to 20 students per group.

Professional Development

  • LeAp’s professional development workshops are customized to address specific needs of teachers.
  • Any program in the catalog can be conducted as a professional development workshop, and all use an active-learning approach. (If you don’t find a program in any section of our catalog that meets your needs, we would be happy to design one specifically for you.)
  • LeAp's professional development workshops can take place during the day, after school, or on Saturdays.
  • Trainings can be conducted either as a single session or as a series of workshops.
  • Each session is up to 2.5 hours and includes up to 35 participants.
  • Some popular professional development workshops include:

    STAR Writing
    Global Understanding/Cultural Literacy
    Active Learning Leads to Literacy
    Building a Classroom Museum