Expanding Horizons is a free Salem Public School District after-school program at Collins Middle School. This program is a 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Students who participate in Expanding Horizons meet after school and engage in innovative curriculum designed to enlighten their minds in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Students also received important college and career curricula.
What is LEAP for Education’s Role?
LEAP for Education, Inc. is working with the Salem Public Schools to act as Program and Academic Coordinator for the 21st Century Community Learning Center at the Nathaniel Bowditch School. As Program Coordinator, LEAP works with the site supervisor to assure that all the grant requirements are being met and that the academic quality, enrollment, attendance and assessments meet the high standards of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
In addition to Expanding Horizons@Bowditch, LEAP staff provides program coordination for other 21cclc programs including Horace Mann Learning Lab at the Horace Mann Lab Elementary School in Salem (grades 3-5), and Gloucester’s O’Maley Academy.
LEAP is overseeing the Expanding Horizons@Collins programs by recruiting and training the community volunteers to teach up to 20 different sessions and to provide the volunteers with supplies, speakers, field trips and other logistical support. LEAP will be responsible for program quality and assessment.