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LEAP and Peer Partners

Welcome to LEAP!

The Lawndale Early Advantage Program (LEAP) is designed for students with special education needs from ages 3-5. 

We believe that children learn by actively participating in age-appropriate activities that foster the development of language, communication, social, pre-academic, and motor skills.  Young children who develop these skills have better chances of succeeding later on at school, and carry the skills with them as they grow older.

LEAP’s curriculum is guided by The Creative and The Carolina Curriculums and is aligned with the Preschool Learning Foundations developed by the California Department of Education. 

An Education Tailored for YOUR Student

We understand that all students learn in different ways. Creating an educational program that is suited for each and every student through differentiation is one of our main objectives. Through differentiation our teachers make observations and adapt instruction and/or activities to meet individual student needs.  

All students’ individualized education programs (IEP) are continuously monitored and updated to meet their needs. We require IEP meetings at least once a year to update student goals, objectives, and services. In addition, we provide parent-teacher conferences and written progress reports at least two times per year.

Our classes include students of all ability levels.  We ensure student success through collaboration and team work between a variety of professionals and between our students.  


To be eligible for LEAP, an assessment and evaluation must determine that a student has a disability that:

  • Adversely affects educational performance
  • Requires a specialized program or support which cannot be provided through adaptations in general education

Not all students with a disability meet the eligibility requirements mentioned above—there are disabilities that do not impact learning in ways that qualify a student for special education.  

Contact Us

O: 310.973.1300 Ext. 50113

Sharon Azmon, Director of Special Education

Nadia Guajardo, Administrator on Special Assignment

Jessica Acosta, Sr. Clerk

Our Teachers

Marty Lyons

Queena McNab

Leslie Ogawa-Kertes

Heather Stranberg

Sonia Gutierrez