Business Spotlight: LEADprep
Leadership Preparatory Academy is a private school now in its fifth year at its Kirkland campus. Its newest location opened this fall inside the Pocket Theater; during the daytime, while the theater sleeps, students and teachers take over the brightly painted theater lobby.
Founder and Executive Director Maureen O’Shaughnessy spent the first part of her career running schools around the world. Her two daughters grew up going to small international schools, and thrived in those settings. When Maureen and her family decided to settle in Seattle, she decided to open her own school here.
Leadership Preparatory Academy, or LEADPrep, is based on a philosophy of project-based learning and developing leadership skills through service. Students at LEADPrep do a lot of service work; you may see the ten Greenwood campus students around the neighborhood helping with projects.
LEADPrep students are middle and high school ages, and come from all over Greater Seattle. While the students are very diverse, they all share an engaged and participatory attitude toward learning. All students study the same topics at the same time, but at their own pace, and are able to earn a full High School Diploma through the school or move on to Running Start.
Families who think LEADPrep might be a fit for them are welcome to call and set up a visit – in fact a visit is required in order to determine whether a student is going to thrive in this close-knit learning community.