Principal’s Message

 We are delighted to welcome you to our website and provide a brief introduction to The John G. Leach School and the Colonial Early Childhood Program. The Leach School is named for John G. Leach, a prominent educator, humanitarian, and advocate for the disabled. Leach School serves students residing in New Castle County, ages 3-21, which have physical and/or cognitive disabilities, other health impairments and early intervention programs.

Leach is recognized for its focused innovative educational curriculum and breadth of individualized challenging programs taught by our dedicated faculty. Our high standards are complemented by exemplary therapies and related services: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech, Educational Audiologist, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Assistive Technology, Statewide Deaf/Blind Services and Adapted Specials: Music, Physical Education, and Aquatic Training. These services and programs are taught by faculty who are certified, licensed professionals supported by skilled paraprofessionals.

Student will receive individualized services based directly off of their IEP plans, academics and instruction is guided by the Delaware Content Standards: Grade Band Extensions. Recognizing the need to make the content standards accessible to all students, the Delaware Department of Education in collaboration with the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies created the Grade Band Extensions and accompanying Companion Guide.  These resources were developed to assist educators in providing access to the general education curriculum in order to improve educational and achievement outcomes for students with significant intellectual disabilities. Additional information and an electronic copy of the Grade Band Extensions can be found at:http://www.deaccessproject.org/delaware-content-standards/

The Colonial Early Childhood Program is housed in the former Colwyck Elementary School. Our Early Childhood Center offers both a half day and full day pre-school programs for three and four year olds.  The curriculum is driven by the Early Learning Foundations (ELFS) that supports the growth and development of young children focusing on eight domains: social emotional, approaches to learning, language and literacy, mathematics, science, my family/community/my world, creative expressions, and physical development and health. For additional information and the complete listing of the standards and objectives please visit:http://www.doe.k12.de.us/infosuites/students_family/earlychildhood/files/PresscELFFinalJul2010.pdf.

The Leach School and Colonial Early Childhood Program are committed to providing an excellent education that is tailored to meet the unique needs of the student population. Our theme for the 2013-2014 is “What’s BEST for Kids!” We encourage parents and community members to support our endeavors by joining our PTA. We hope our website conveys the warmth and enthusiasm of our dynamic community of students, staff, and parents, together we are able to provide an innovative curriculum and learning environment that we are proud to offer.

Christal Beasley, Principal

Virginia Schreppler, Assistant Principal