In 1979, the Waynesville School District initiated LEAP (Learning Enrichment and Acceleration Program) for identified gifted students. The first year 35 students were served in grades one through six. The district continued to expand the program and currently serves students K-12.
For instructional and personnel purposes LEAP is divided into five components: grades K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Although the components are separate on paper and housed at different schools, the LEAP programs are coordinated to provide continuous development of a student's potential and education within the framework and time of the program. Although they may differ in activities and emphasis, they have the same rationale and purposes.
During the first year a logo contest was held and the LEAP frog logo was chosen by the students.
It was drawn by Tracey Terrel, a fourth grade student.