Galapagos, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom Highlights of 2024 LEAP Offerings

The three new international LEAP courses offered this year include an exciting sea kayaking trip in the United Kingdom, a trip that is going to explore the Caribbean Reefs in Puerto Rico, and a trip that revolves around the Marine Biology and Geology of Isabela Island in the Galapagos. Descriptions of all these LEAP courses were sent to parents by Ms. Marcy Fagan last week.

Since 2017, Northwood has provided students with LEAP (Learn, Engage, Apply, Perform). This program helps students engage and learn outside of a scholastic environment and helps build confidence and make connections that wouldn’t be considered because they haven’t had the opportunities.

Fagan has big ambitions for LEAP. “I want the LEAP program to put students on every continent within the next few years.” I think we can all tell that this is a very ambitious goal. However, this is not unreasonable as we have seen her put students on more than four continents already during recent LEAP programs. The Northwood Community is very excited to go on all these international LEAP programs in the future.

The current LEAP list for 2023 includes:

  1. The Adirondack Athlete
  2. Adirondack Farm to Table & Culinary Experience
  3. Canines – Understanding Man’s Best Friend
  4. Community Service for Early Childhood Education
  5. Exploring Caribbean Reefs in Puerto Rico
  6. Fly Fishing in the Adirondacks
  7. Geothermal Sustainability in Iceland
  8. Golf – A Swing Back in Time
  9. Introduction to Woodworking
  10. Marine Biology and Geology of Isabela Island, Galapagos
  11. Mountain Rescue
  12. Muskie Madness
  13. Nutrition and Athletic Performance
  14. Plein Air Painting in the Adirondacks
  15. Sea kayaking in the United Kingdom
  16. Slay the ADK
  17. The Modern Circus
  18. Rock Climbing in Red Rocks Nevada

Costs for these LEAP courses vary widely, from no cost to $4,100. For students who need help affording their preferred LEAP course, there is always financial aid. Most courses cost between $100 and $900, unless they involve international travel. Students interested in financial aid are encouraged to speak with Ms. Fagan.  She will instruct you to submit a written request on why you need financial aid.


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