LEAP (Learning Environment for Academic Progress)

The purpose of the LEAP program is to provide academic support for students formally diagnosed with an identified learning difference to help meet the academic expectations of Hyde Park Schools. The program strives to provide a supportive and enriching environment in which students can achieve success by developing and managing strategies for lifelong learning. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide support for each student to embrace his or her abilities and acquire an individualized method of learning to maximize strengths and achieve success within the classroom. Admissions standards are the same for all students who apply to Hyde Park Schools. Admission to Hyde Park Schools may be conditional with enrollment in the LEAP program. While we are experienced and equipped to offer academic support for a variety of learning differences, we are unable to provide special education services such as assistance in the classroom, modifications in curriculum, including reduced workload, or behavior modification plans. The LEAP program offers two different levels for students to enroll in; additional yearly fees apply per level.

Level 1

Students accepted into Level 1 of LEAP attend a daily LEAP class and receive an Individualized Accommodation Plan (IAP). The fee for Level 1 of LEAP is $3,500.00 per year in addition to yearly tuition. The LEAP class sessions consist of a small group designed to focus on applying instructional strategies, which align with the classroom curriculum to enhance academic understanding and encourage students to self advocate in preparation for their future education. The teachers in LEAP work with students on study skills, organizational skills, time management, communication skills and executive function skills etc. The LEAP class focuses on curriculum content meant to supplement, but not to replace, Dyslexia language therapy for those identified students. Students receive a grade for the LEAP class and elective credit. Students are eligible to receive limited classroom academic and testing accommodations with valid documentation. Students are also able to request accommodations for national achievement testing. Assistance is provided for application through College Board for PSAT/SAT/AP exams and for the ACT test. College Board and ACT determine official approval of testing accommodations. Student led Annual LEAP Meetings are held each year with the Director of LEAP, LEAP Teacher and parents to discuss the student’s progress, receive teacher feedback, review accommodations and discuss exploring post-secondary options to start building a well-designed transition plan to foster the self-advocacy skills necessary for a successful transition to college. Students in Level 1 of LEAP who have proven to be successful without daily intervention and developed the necessary skills and strategies to be independently successful may transition to the Level 2 option.

Level 2

Students accepted into Level 2 of LEAP receive an Individualized Accommodation Plan (IAP) and have the opportunity to attend before/after school tutorials with the LEAP teachers. The fee for Level 2 of LEAP costs $1,500.00 per year in addition to yearly tuition. Students in Level 1 of LEAP who have proven to be successful without daily intervention and developed the necessary skills and strategies to be independently successful may transition to the Level 2 option. Level 2 does not include the daily LEAP class. Students are eligible to receive limited classroom academic and testing accommodations with valid documentation. Students are also able to request accommodations for national achievement testing. Assistance is provided for application through College Board for PSAT/SAT/AP exams and for the ACT test. College Board and ACT determine official approval of testing accommodations. Student led Annual LEAP Meetings are held each year with the Director of LEAP, LEAP Teacher and parents to discuss the student’s progress, receive teacher feedback, review accommodations and discuss exploring post- secondary options to start building a well-designed transition plan to foster the self-advocacy skills necessary for a successful transition to college.

Admissions into LEAP

The LEAP program is available for students with diagnosed learning differences who have demonstrated that they are academically able, behaviorally able, and independently able to be successful with the HP curriculum with appropriate accommodations. Some students will be accepted with the condition that they are enrolled in the LEAP program. HP is unable to provide special education services such as assistance in the classroom, modifications in curriculum, including reduced workload, or behavior modification plans.

A complete copy of your child’s full neurological testing dated within the last three years must be submitted with the LEAP application. Students applying to LEAP must indicate on their admissions application and submit the required documents for review by the admissions committee. Complete disclosure is necessary to ensure that the school can meet the needs of your child and that your child will be successful with the HP curriculum. At HP, our goal is to create a close partnership of support between our school and your family.

Eligibility decisions for the LEAP program are based primarily on the student’s documented learning difference from a recent, complete, approved psychoeducational evaluation. Students qualification for the program is based on evidence demonstrating there is a true academic need for the student to receive academic supports and/or accommodations.

LEAP Instructional Team

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Renee Becak

    Renee Becak 

    High School LEAP Director
  • Photo of Ashley Danks

    Ashley Danks 

    LEAP Teacher
  • Photo of Molly Novelli

    Molly Novelli 

    LEAP Teacher

Hyde Park Schools

Hyde Park Schools is a private Christian school system offering an excellent, Christ-centered, college preparatory Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education at multiple campuses in Austin, Texas.