2019-2020 Family Engagement Plan

  •     leap letterhead

    Dear Parents/Guardians/Students: 

    The Family Engagement Plan (FEP) is organized into four impact areas. We will be working together this year to build positive and goal-oriented relationships in each area. Families and staff at school developed this plan together.

    LEAP High School’s mission is to prepare immigrant and refugee students to become global citizens, critical thinkers and scholars while building English language fluency while working toward a high school diploma.

    Welcoming Environment

    Our school has staff member(s) available for families to discuss this plan and ask questions

    ·       Family Liaison: Dan Clark

    ·       Dan.clark@spps.org

    ·       (651) 228-7706


    Our school communicates with families in many ways.

    ·       Mailings, letters in parent’s language

    ·       School website

    ·       Monthly school calendar sent home with students

    ·       Phone calls home with interpreters available

    ·       When families call, email, or send a note we do our best to respond within 24 hours.


    The achievement gap, or rather the “opportunity gap,” between students of color and white students in Saint Paul Public Schools is unacceptable. Our school is working to change practices and systems by identifying the barriers that make it harder for students of color to succeed and for their families to support their learning.

    ·       For more about our work on racial equity, contact: Rose Santos, Principal at (651) 228-7706

    ·       The goal of the school is to have staff who represent the demographics and languages of our students.

    ·       Teachers will be using the model Mutually Adaptive Learning Paradigm (MALP)

    Transitions between schools can be challenging, and we work to help families as their children start and leave our school.


    For new students and families, we support the transition by:

    ·       Open House before school stars

    ·       Student/parent conferences four times each year with language groups meetings to explain school rules, expectations and help available if needed by families.

    ·       Full time nurse and social worker to help with needs of families, including social and emotional needs in addition to medical needs.

    ·       2.0 full time counselors to help students and families with all issues related to school and college opportunities


    For students and families moving to the next school in their pathway, we support the transition by:

    ·       For students 21 and over, we have a pathway to continued schooling at adult programs in the metro area

    ·       CNA Certified Nursing Assistant program for students interested in a nursing career.

    ·       Naviance for all students beginning in level 2A to explore college and career opportunities.



    Family Partnerships

    Our school-parent compact establishes the shared responsibility for student success between the school, families, and students. Families and teachers work together to develop the compact.

    ·       Copies of the compact are available: Families receive the compact at the Annual Title 1 meeting, conferences, sent home with students, as well as when registering at the school.

    ·       The compact will be updated: Last update was May 2019

    There are many opportunities for families to build connections to the school and to each other.

    ·       Title I Annual Meeting where we will share information about school programs during opening week from 4-7 pm at the school on Thursday night.


    ·       During all conference nights


    ·       National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) will be on February 10, 2020,  Culture Party in December 2020 for entire school and invited guests from the community; parent are encouraged to help their child gather information for the Culture Party.


    ·       Family Seminars will be held in: February 2020


    ·       At site Council meetings


    ·       Anytime with the principal


    We work to make these meetings and events available for every family in the school.

    ·       We have interpreters available for many of our student’s languages.

    ·       We offer taxi coverage

    ·       We send home notices in many of the student’s languages.


    ·       We provide dinner for our families during conference times.


    ·       We have raffles for food, and school supplies


    Our school supports families as advocates and provides opportunities for parent leadership

    ·       60% of our students are over 18 years old, so we are providing leadership opportunities for our students in Site Council.

    ·       We also have the Genius Squad for technology where students teach other students.

    ·       The YMCA program

    ·       Family are encouraged to join Site Council during the first conference opening meeting



    Teaching and Learning

    Our school shares information about state standards, assessment and student achievement with families in multiple ways

    ·       Report cards and progress reports will be mailed home every quarter.


    ·       Parent-Teacher conferences are held 4 times each year.


    ·       Site Council meets at school


    Our school will engage in personalized learning as a key strategy to accelerate student achievement. Parents can get more information using many tools.

    ·       Parent log-in information can be accessed at spps.org/onestop or by asking the school clerk


    ·       iPad information is available on the website


    ·       Students are trained on iPad security and appropriate use


    ·       Schoology and/or Seesaw – provide information about the use of these learning management systems at your school


    Many before- and after-school enrichment and support opportunities are available for students

    ·       Extended Day Learning Program 2 days/week; 2 hours/day



    Community Partnerships

    Our school develops community partnerships to provide additional support for students and their families

    ·       YMCA

    ·       Partnership with Central High School in the following areas: Boy’s Soccer; Girls’ Volleyball, clubs offered at Central


    This plan is available as part of our school’s SCIP, or School Comprehensive Improvement Plan at spps.org/scip, is on our school website at LEAP SCIP Plan, and printed copies are available in the office.