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Learn • Engage • Apply • Perform

At Northwood, students learn by doing – that’s the guiding principle for the school's L.E.A.P. Program, an experiential learning curriculum launched in 2017. Northwood faculty leverage individual expertise to craft week-long courses which immerse students in unique subjects. Students choose their L.E.A.P courses in the first trimester and then meet periodically throughout the year in preparation for L.E.A.P week in May.

L.E.A.P. courses take students and faculty out of the classroom for collaborative, first-hand experiences. Students work with experts in the field and are provided opportunities to explore compelling environments and complete ambitious projects resulting in skill development and confidence for future real-world challenges. The L.E.A.P. Showcase that caps the week allows students to share their adventures in learning with the school and local community.

Ready, Set, LEAP!

Each L.E.A.P. course propels students from theory to practice. Teachers guide participants through disciplines as diverse as fly fishing, circus arts, and geothermal energy. These courses give students the opportunity to take on projects and challenges in new settings, and use the information and skills provided by experts to achieve new objectives. The fresh learning perspective encourages student ownership and initiative. Ultimately, L.E.A.P. equips students to navigate complex subjects and tasks independently and successfully.

Look before you LEAP:

  • Fly fish the blue ribbon waters of the Ausable River’s West Branch.
  • Study green building and design by constructing a cordwood cabin on campus.
  • Dive deep into marine ecology in the Bahamas.
  • Practice wilderness search and rescue techniques in the Adirondack backcountry.
  • Explore glacial rock formations in Iceland.

L.E.A.P. is a place to explore a passion or discover a new interest.

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