LEAP Schedule for Spring 2019 

Last Updated 4/24/19

Course Descriptions for the 2018-2019 School Year

Girls and Boys Basketball Team:

This class based on introducing the fundamentals of basketball. The fundamentals of basketball are the foundation for every individual play, offensive or defensive strategy, and every move that your players make. The best players have perfected the basics of the game. Learning and mastering these basics make the rest of the game much easier! My main thing when it comes to coaching youth basketball is to focus on the fundamentals of the game. It’s important to a foundation at a young age. This can prevent bad habits, when you are doing things correctly over, over and over. What are the fundamentals? The fundamentals include working on the little things that will make you better no matter what team or coach you play for -or what offense or defense you are running. For example, by working on the fundamentals of shooting, you will get better no matter what offense you run. The fundamentals of shooting include proper foot alignment, leg bend, hand position, arm angle, follow through, and so on. These are some of the little things that make a difference. Learn them! I will be stressing proper technique throughout the class and will stress on the fundamentals to a high degree.


Coding class will introduce student to HTML, CSS and Javascript. We will progress at student's level and then focus on creating games (Stratch/Tinker/Hopscotch) then we will advance to Unity, using C# scripting language. VR (Virtual Reality) will be incorporated via 360 camera. Students will create videos projects for google cardboard and view them in class with Google cardboard goggles. We will be able to learn about A-frame, to format our 360 videos and photos in HTML, and share them on webpages. 

Advanced Coding and VR: Recommended for students who are knowledgeable in block code. Advanced students may sign up for 2 periods if space permits.

Comics and Cartooning
In 'Comics and Cartooning', students will learn everything there is to know about making their own comics from a professional cartoonist; from writing their own stories, to coming up with characters, to drawing their comics and sharing them with others. Students will discover the full range of what comics can be, from short autobiographical works to larger science fiction stories and everything in between. This class will focus on how everything we make, regardless of what it is, should come from a personal place and how sincerity has never been more important in both the work we make and in the world around us.

Creative Arts

In ‘After School Art’, students will learn to embrace their individual artistic voices through exploring various materials and techniques. Assignments will focus on each student’s relationship to the world around them, encouraging their inquiring minds to see the value in looking for inspiration locally, drawing from the real people and places and things that surround them each day. 

Get up and perform! If you want a chance to create and perform every week: Join Drama! drama class combines elements of theatre, focusing on the fundamentals of acting, improvisation, playwriting, story telling, and movement. In Drama, we work as an ensemble to build theatre and perform as an ensemble. We play games, write, and perform together every week. We use our Actors Toolbox to explore theatre. If you enjoy being a leader, performing in front of an audience, and collaborating to work toward a goal, LeAp Drama is for you!


Description coming soon!

Girl Talk

Girl Talk is a space for girls to talk about/create art around their hopes, fears, and experiences as girls growing up in NYC in 2017. Students help lead and shape the discussion and culminating projects, so all passions and questions are welcome here!  In addition to student-led projects we will learn theater techniques and improvisational games that help us explore our individual and group identities; explore the question: what is gender anyway?; learn about intersectionality and  feminist artists from the Where We At collective (Black Arts Movement) and Riot Grrrl movements; and create our own zines, as well as a final mixed-media project. Past final projects have included student-written and directed videos about hormones, experiencing sexism in school, and body image; a website devoted to girls supporting other girls; and a photo storytelling project about groundbreaking feminists who inspire us. This is a space for all self-identified girls to come together and support each other, as they adjust to middle school, become teenagers, and then go on to change the world!

Health and Nutrition Workshop

OBJECTIVE: Students will identify their nutritional habits and learn about healthy choices, resources, utensils, habits, math-connection and finally cooking.

SUMMARY: Nutritional and menu habits will be discussed; resources for healthy living will be identified; utensils for healthy cooking will be explored. Healthy habits for the 21st century and fun healthy cooking will be encouraged. Lastly students will learn the connection between math and cooking.


If you love to perform, and enjoy the challenge of thinking on your feet: Improv is for you. Improv is all about performing theatre off the top of your head! In Improv class we play games that teach us how to build a world, and characters without a script. We work together to find the comedy and fun of scenes. If you like to be a leader, and team player while performing: Improv is for you!

Engineering for Good

In this class, students will use Minecraft in Creative Mode to build and design from challenges posed in class. We will draw from known architects and/or be introduced to architectural styles as well as "Buildings of the Future", "sustainable Worlds", "Intergalactic Worlds" and the myriad ideas students will develop on their own. We will be using Ipads in class, so if you want to bring your own laptop and mouse, please feel free to do so. Projects can be filmed for sharing and for presentation at the LEAP celebrations. Students will be given the opportunity to edit and manipulate images, do web design content creation, create floor plan architectural designs, use videos and research cities around the globe to design their own eco-friendly, sustainable, cities. 

Power Hour
Will empower Students to be dynamic leaders; the components are as follows:
1.Introduction to Leadership: Students will identify leaders and qualities of Leaders
2.Self Concept: Students will identify positive attributes about themselves and their classmates.
3.Ethics and Social Responsibility: Students will identify their values, attitudes and dreams, and understand how these apply to
their lives
4. Group Dynamics: Students will work effectively with each other.
5. Vision and Imagination: Students will use their imaginations to understand different perspectives.
6. Feelings and Empathy: Students will identify feelings in themselves and others.
7. Decision Making: Students will demonstrate effective decision-making skills and analyze decisions in relation to ethics and values.
8. Organized for Life: Students will learn techniques to be successful students and future adults.
9. Conflict Management Objective: Students will define conflict and demonstrate effective conflict management skills.
10. Character in Action: Students will demonstrate character and leadership through an individual or group project.
Using the Experiential Learning Cycle this class will empower students for life.


Yoga and Storytelling. This course is a designated space for students to express themselves through 3 ways:  
1. Imagination in the form of storytelling-By the end of the course, students will construct an “All About Me” book.
              2. Body movement-Learn yoga poses to understand proper alignment and improve posture. Students will also use movement for visual illustration to support their own stories.
       3. Voices- Expressing their opinions through writing, visual art and media.