Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE)
The GATE program of the East Whittier City School District is designed to provide students with appropriately challenging learning experiences and to assist them with the achievement of academic excellence.
Our GATE students receive differentiated instruction within their regular classroom. In addition, they participate in a pullout program that is designed to provide enriching and challenging experiences in a stimulating environment.
Students must qualify for our GATE program by taking a standardized test and showing academic excellence in their classroom. Students are able to initially test for our GATE program during their 3rd grade year.
English Learner Program (EL)
Our EL students receive high quality first instruction within their regular classroom. Additional assistance is available under the direction of our Intervention Specialist and EL Instructional Assistant for students that need extra support.
Our EL students take the ELPAC test in the fall, are monitored throughout the year, and can be reclassified if they meet the criteria.
Leopard Learning Time Intervention Program
Students can be referred to our Leopard Learning Time Intervention Program by teachers if they show a need for additional support beyond what is available in their regular classroom. Under the direction of our Intervention Specialists (Language Arts & Mathematics), students participate in an intensive small group Language Arts or Mathematics pullout program. Student progress is monitored closely and students can be exited from the program, given additional time in the program, or referred for an SST (Student Study Team) meeting.
Leopard Leadership Program
4th and 5th grade students have the opportunity to participate in student leadership positions through our Leopard Leadership Program. These students help plan school events, create posters to promote events, encourage school spirit, plan spirit dress up days/activities, make school announcements, and oversee activities that give back to our community (e.g. coin drive, canned food drive, toy drive). Each 4th and 5th grade classroom selects two representatives to serve on Leopard Leadership. In addition, 5th grade students can run for our Executive Leopard Leadership positions: President, Vice President, and Spirit Chair (3).
A counselor is on campus several days per week to support the behavioral and social emotional needs of students through our school-based counseling program. Students in the program meet with the counselor individually or in small groups (depending upon needs) to develop skills necessary to be successful in the school setting. Parental consent is required for students to participate in this program. The counselor is also available to support parents with referrals to outside counseling agencies.
Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Program
PBIS is an approach used to promote school safety and good behavior. Students are taught behavior expectations and there are various supports/interventions in place to help reinforce appropriate behavior. Leffingwell's PBIS program will begin in the 2022-2023 school year.
Leffingwell Leopards will...
- S how Kindness
- P ractice Patience
- O wn Their Actions
- T ry Their Best
- S peak Respectfully
"Show Us Your Spots!"
After School Enrichment Classes
Various after school enrichment classes are offered year round on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays immediately after school at Leffingwell. Classes include: Chess Masters, Comic Creators, Spotlight Improv, Piano, Art, Spring Musical Performance, Robot Workshop, Sports World, Rocket Science, & Stop-Motion Animation. ***Please Note: Our after school enrichment classes are currently on hold due to restrictions.***
Before & After School Day Care
The WYN Club is available after school only for 2nd - 5th grade. The Options Program is available before and after school for Kindergarten - 5th grade. For specific information, availability, pricing, and sign-ups you need to contact those organizations directly.
- WYN Club - (562) 567-9450
- Options Program - (626) 284-9935