Language Enrichment Academic Program (LEAP)

Worried your child will fall behind? LEAP is here to help.

LEAP is an academic program for students who struggle in school. Our mission is to be a bridge for students to achieve academic success in the shortest amount of time possible. We offer a half day program with very strategic approaches to children who have difficulty with reading, math and writing. Our strategies are ideal for students who also have difficulty attending to tasks.

Some students only need a partial year to be able to perform at or above their peers. Imagine that, your child no longer struggling in school, no more nights of experiencing frustration with homework. Most of all, your child will feel confident in his abilities and have a greater love for learning.

Enrollment for 2017-18 is closing soon. Make a difference in your child's life!

About LEAP (Language Enrichment Academic Program):

Where are you located?

In the Iowa City area: 1210 Jordan Street, Suite 2A North Liberty, IA.
In the Des Moines area: 2570 106th Street, Suite E, Urbandale, IA.

When does the program run?

LEAP runs Monday through Friday, 8:30-11:30 (and/or 12:30-3:30 in North Liberty) from August 16th through May 24th.

How are you different than other tutoring services?

Traditional tutors might be part-time students or professionals trained in cookie-cutter approaches. Your student deserves better. LEAP is always staffed by Learning Specialists, certified, degree-holding teachers who are passionate about child education. We take an individualized approach with each student, and tailor the curriculum after your child’s learning style. To start, our learning specialists conduct a full evaluation to look for learning deficits. We then set goals and benchmarks, and keep careful track of their progress. Beyond simply helping review class material, our learning specialists can teach your child to visualize learning, comprehend information, and develop at a deeper level. Our mission is to help improve your child’s confidence, learning experience, and of course, their grades. For background on the difference between learning specialists and tutors, learn more here.

Which subjects and skills will LEAP cover?


  • Decoding skills
  • Research based programs
  • Improving reading accuracy by learning phonics rules using nonsense and real words
  • Improving reading rate
  • Whole word learning
  • Spelling skills
  • Reading comprehension
  • Imagery of concepts read or talked about
  • Answering Higher Order Thinking (HOT) questions about reading materials


  • Improve memory skills and retention of information through visualizing techniques
  • Research based programs
  • Functional skills that will be useful in life skills
  • Memorizing basic mathematical facts
  • Setting up word problems
  • Solving word problems
  • Improving understanding of concepts, including time, size, quantity concepts, money, and fractions

Social Skills

  • Reading other’s body language
  • Understanding inflection differences
  • Role-playing situations
  • Problem-solving and preparing for social situations
  • Improving confidence in initiating, carrying on, and concluding a conversation
  • Topic maintenance
  • Self-regulation (eye contact, body language, voice tone, etc)
  • Improving ability to identify emotions in themselves and others

Social Studies/Science

  • These subjects will be rotated at the completion of the units. Skills for reading and reading comprehension will be reinforced during these subjects
  • Lessons are interactive with frequent group projects
  • Social skills reinforced with team building experiments
  • Learning to identify important information
  • Improving memory skills and comprehension of information

Writing Skills

  • Improving handwriting skills by working on fine motor skills and letter formulation
  • Improving abilities to formulate complex, grammatically correct sentences
  • Improving written expressive skills
  • Increasing expressive vocabulary

Ready to set your student up for success? Contact us by email or call 515-419-4270 to get started.

When we heard about LEAP we knew it would be perfect. Public schools and private schools were not an option for us and homeschooling was not working. The small classes, individual attention, curriculum that address every part of the child’s development, and the addition of speech therapy if needed was exactly what we needed.

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