The Faculty of Education believes strongly in community engagement and outreach. We strive to offer high-quality, engaging programs for local children and youth to get them involved in campus activities. We currently offer two different enrichment programs for gifted/highly able children in grades 1-10: LEAP and LAUNCH.
How do I know if LEAP or LAUNCH is better for my child?
LEAP is focused on enrichment, whereas LAUNCH is focused on acceleration. The pace in LAUNCH is much faster, the expectations for self-direction are much higher, and the concepts are more advanced.
How old must my child be for these programs?
LEAP is for children entering grades 1-10 in September 2017, and LAUNCH is for children entering grades 4-8 in September 2017.
Do students in LEAP or LAUNCH have to be getting good marks?
Not necessarily, if there is some other assessment that shows high ability. LAUNCH students may have a harder time in school because their ways of thinking are qualitatively different
Why is there a lower limit on the size of a LAUNCH camp?
Each LAUNCH student may be thinking on a wavelength unique to him/her. This means the teacher must prepare multiple different lessons each day to allow students to have an individualized experience. More students would make the experience less fulfilling for everyone.
Is LAUNCH better than LEAP?
No, but the two are different. LAUNCH was designed for those students who are looking for even more of a challenge to reach their full potential. Both programs are led by certified teachers (LEAP does employ subject experts as well), and are carefully developed to be high quality learning experiences.
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