Even though it’s in another school district, the Lansing Educational Achievement Program now can be used to earn a Leavenworth High School diploma, a school official said.
The Leavenworth school district has entered into a partnership which allows Leavenworth High School students to go to L.E.A.P. to earn the remaining credits they need to graduate.
Eric Punswick, associate superintendent of Leavenworth public schools, said the partnership is designed for students who’ve already turned 18 and completed four years of high school but have not yet graduated.
He said Leavenworth High School already has in-school, after-school and summer programs to help students needing credits. But L.E.A.P., which is located at 200 E. Mary St. in Lansing, provides another option.
“It’s another way for them to earn that diploma,” he said.
Even though the program is affiliated with the Lansing school district, the partnership will allow Leavenworth students to earn Leavenworth High School diplomas, Punswick said.
He said L.E.A.P. is operated in the Lansing by Greenbush Southeast Kansas Education Service Center. Greenbush operates multiple community learning centers similar to L.E.A.P. at other locations.
Punswick said some may ask why the Leavenworth district doesn’t create its own program instead of partnering with L.E.A.P. He said Greenbush is able to provide the service at a much lower cost than the district.
He said the district receives state funding for the Leavenworth students who take the L.E.A.P. courses, and this money is used to pay Greenbush for the service.
The partnership with the Lansing schools and Greenbush went into effect at the beginning of the school year. And there are five students from Leavenworth who are taking L.E.A.P. courses as part of the new partnership.
“It’s a work at their own pace learning environment,” Punswick said.
He said people often can get through the program very quickly.