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Program Overview

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Under the guidance and leadership of Principal Pattie Dullea, LEAD emerges this year as a new TK/K -5 magnet school  with a focus on Literacy and the Digital arts—an  emerging field of study that uses technology to facilitate  literacy, writing and  creative arts through recording, video  production, graphic design, coding and  other mediums. A successful Full-day Kindergarten was implemented in 2014-15.

The Benefits of a LEAD Education

Through partnerships with Universities, San Mateo County Office of Education, Toyonaka Friendship Schools, CuriOdyssey and local Corporations, LEAD teachers will explore, create and incorporate best teaching practices with a focus on literacy  imbedded in all subject areas. LEAD instructors will have access to researchers, professors and experts in their fields. And the school will serve as the home base for District Early Literacy Training.

Lunchtime  and  after  school  enrichment programs will enhance learning by offering  students of all age levels classes  in coding, reading practice and  other digital  arts.

Students will benefit from increased and expanded instructional strategies for teaching reading and writing as well as increased use of technology with the Common Core  Standards curriculum.

Students will also benefit from tablet and chrome book-based learning opportunities enabling them  to learn at their own pace and  level – techniques proven to be especially helpful for English Language Learners.

Pioneering Change

The curriculum  and  instructional practices at LEAD are aligned with Common Core  State  Standards, recommendations for quality schools  and  with the District’s Standards of Excellence, educating all students to achieve their potential through a rigorous program that builds  a solid academic foundation and  challenges students to think critically and communicate effectively.

LEAD’s balanced literacy program of listening, speaking, reading, and writing is based on best practices of Early Literacy, Guided Reading, and the Readers’  and Writers’ Workshop model. Mathematics and  science instruction are activity and  communication-based and  promote investigation and higher  level thinking skills.

The Structured English Immersion Program promotes English language development of English Language Learners.  LEAD boasts a dedicated, well-trained staff with a wealth  of knowledge in Language Arts, Technology, English Language Development, and  Differentiated instruction. Along with their dedication to academic excellence, the  LEAD community believes in the development of active, well-rounded, socially responsible citizens who positively impact  today and the future.

Program Overview

Increased Performance

API score  increased by 38 points  in 2013 from 710 to 746 (most current  year for API)
LEAD is the only school  in San Mateo-Foster City to increase performance in 2013 in all three sub groups:
  1. English Language Learners
  2. Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
  3. Students receiving Special Services through Individual Education Plans