Bishop Connolly’s LEAP Program—Learning Environment Accelerates Potential—allows seventh grade students ready for high school academics to apply for early admission to Connolly. Accepted students join the BCHS academic community in eighth grade and pursue a freshman honors curriculum alongside classmates starting ninth grade. Traditionally, LEAP students follow a five-year program of studies. After completing the typical four-year high school curriculum in their junior year, LEAP students can tailor fifth-year coursework to align with their academic interests and college goals. LEAP seniors can opt to take additional AP classes, design an independent study on a subject of their choice, or pursue internship opportunities, strengthening their high school resume to gain a competitive edge when applying to college.
Throughout their academic journey here, LEAP students engage in learning activities that demand independence, determination and problem-solving skills in a variety of areas, including language arts, math, creative arts, sports and leadership. The coursework enriches their understanding of subjects as they collaborate with peers on challenging assignments and projects. Also, as official members of the Bishop Connolly community, LEAP students are eligible to take part in all of our athletic and extracurricular programs.
If you have any questions about the testing or enrollment process for the LEAP Program, please contact Admissions Director Jo-Ann Bettencourt at 508.676.1071 x 333.
LEAP Graduation Requirements
Students are required to earn a total of 30 credits to graduate.
Theology: 5.0 Credits
English: 5.0 Credits
Mathematics: 4.0 Credits
Science: 4.0 Credits
Social Studies: 4.0 Credits
World Language: 3.0 Credits
Visual/Performing Arts: 1.0 Credits
Physical Education: 1.0 Credits
Electives: 3.0 Credits
LEAP Program Outcome
At the culmination of this unique high school experience, Bishop Connolly’s LEAP students will have strengthened their gifts, maximized their individual potential, and gained the experience necessary to succeed at some of the most competitive colleges and universities worldwide.