LEAP Preparation at the Hope Community Resource Center

The Hope Community Resource Center is a nonprofit partnership among parents, youth and community, dedicated to nurturing, supporting, educating and strengthening family life through quality child, youth, and family development programs. The Center serves Greater New Orleans families and facilitates community advocacy on child and family issues including education. One service that HCRC provides is preparation for the LEAP test.

What is the purpose of the preparation program?

We noticed that some students need more assistance then others and other just need to be motivated, encouraged and confident in their choices.

How did the idea come about? Tell me more about it.

We saw a need for it. Every school year, HCRC hosts days of LEAP preparation for students in public and private schools across the greater New Orleans area.  We are proud to have offered the following preparation programs over the past four years.

  • 2014- A Day of Tutoring and Fun (LEAP preparation) 2013-2014
  • 2015- Ready Set LEAP Tutoring & Motivation (LEAP preparation) 2015-2016
  • February 11, 2017   Ready Set LEAP (LEAP preparation) 2016-2017
  • March 11, 2017 Ready Set LEAP (LEAP preparation) 2016-2017

Community collaboration and community partners play a vital role in success of the children, youth, and families in our community and special preparation ensures success on the LEAP test and future standardized tests.

Did you see a need/did students or parents request this?

Yes, HCRC saw the need that some students needed small group instruction for various reasons. At HCRC we know that all students learn differently and some might need some extra instruction or tutoring, outside of the classroom.

How do you hope the program will help students?

HCRC focuses on key skill needed to make an impact on LEAP testing (state standardized assessment). Making sure students understand the information and teaching them the correct steps to solve the problem and the format to use based on the way they were taught. Not taking away from, but adding to what they already know. We know that many of the schools use different curriculum.

Tell me about the prep day- Attendance? Participation? Do you consider it a success?

We consider it a success if we reach just one student. We were able to reach 17 at this event. We were prepared to serve 50 students in our community.
Students start out with a math dynastic test for their grade level.
We play fun educational games such as “I can do this”, Tic Tac Toe activity card and a word building exercise.
Students enjoy a lunch break that includes pizza, chips, juice, and drinks.
Xavier students act out a story from the writing exercise. Vocabulary is broken down so that students understand what is being asked of them and they are asked to complete a writing exercise.
We end with a Jeopardy game that was very competitive and popular amongst the students.
Attendees: 18 Xavier University students, two current educators from the public school and 17 students in 2nd through 8th grade.

Any plans for more prep?

Yes, we will have another Leap Day on March 11, 2017 on the east bank and others are scheduled for the future.

For more information about the Hope Community Resource Center and LEAP prep, please visit or call 267-5596.

About the author

Marielle Songy

Marielle Songy was born and raised on the Westbank and currently resides in Gretna. She is a graduate of Archbishop Blenk High School and UNO. A true Louisiana girl, Marielle enjoys creole food, jazz music and the occasional swamp tour.

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