LEAP programs are customized to meet the specific needs of each grade level, and student population—including 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 professional development trainings for school staff, or as parent and family initiatives. LEAP also offers educational assembly performances and programs. LEAP’s work is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and STEM/STEAM initiatives and involves arts-based, hands-on, project-based learning.
LEAP’s educational strategies utilize an arts-based model to address the varied learning styles of students, engaging them, and making learning fun. LEAP strategies have been shown to increase students’ academic performance and test scores. An independent study (conducted by New York University professors) of LEAP’s ALLL K-2 literacy program—which uses multi-sensory, arts-based music, drama, visual art, dance, cooking, technology and games to teach literacy to K-2 students—found that LEAP’s ALLL students outperformed their peers on 87% of the 23 literacy skills tested. The study also showed that after participating in just one year of the program, ALLL students continued to excel in subsequent years.