Leland and Gray to present programs at local elementary schools

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Townshend — All community members of Brookline, Jamaica, Newfane, Townshend, and Windham are invited to attend one of the presentations about Leland and Gray programs in December. These five towns form the union of Leland and Gray. Students also choose to attend L&G from Athens, Dover, Grafton, Marlboro, Wardsboro, Westminster, Wilmington, and Winhall. The presentation focuses on the benefits of an aligned pre-K–12 education system and the high engagement of L&G students in diversity of opportunities accessible to all students.

The presentation schedule is as follows: NewBrook Elementary School in Newfane, Thursday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m., and Jamaica Village School on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.

Recently the University of Colorado's National Education Policy Center (NEPC) contacted L&G principal Dr. Dorinne Dorfman to recommend that the school apply for the Opportunity Recognition for America's Best High Schools for 2015-16. NEPC reached out to Leland and Gray in appreciation of the steps over the past decade to increase local and international learning opportunities for students; increase the number of students participating in accelerated, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment courses; and building effective academic supports to encourage all to achieve on grade level.

Leland and Gray noted its performance on the most recent New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) examinations. More Leland and Gray lower-income and higher-income students achieved the standards on NECAP tests than in the four Vermont Town Academies in math, reading, and science. Engagement continues after school as well, with over 75 percent of Leland and Gray students participating in co-curricular athletics, theatre, and music programs and clubs.

L&G says it engages nearly all students in college-preparatory courses in heterogeneous groups. Disadvantaged students – those with disabilities or from low-income backgrounds – greatly benefit from learning alongside advantaged peers, who in turn, learn more deeply and become peer tutors and counselors, according to the school. They learn to communicate and work with anyone, and become accepted to some of the most prestigious colleges in America. Nearly 70 percent of L&G's Class of 2015 were accepted to attend college. The University of Vermont sent a letter of congratulations for the high number of Advanced Placement courses L&G graduates had completed before entering UVM.

For more information about Leland and Gray's presentations, contact Terry Davison-Berger at 365-7355 or tdavison-berger@lelandandgray.org.


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