LEAF Eligibility

Students can start LEAF in 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th grade. For example, a student who wants to start LEAF in 7th grade needs to apply in the spring semester of 6th grade. Although students may be younger than the grades stated, the nature of the acceleration and the high school level content, no exceptions to younger students will be granted.

Students must submit the following with their LEAF application:

  • ACT, SAT or CogAT scores of at least:
    • ACT English: 21 and ACT Critical Reading: 22
    • SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing: 560
    • CogAT: 90th Percentile
      • Register to take the CogAT with MSU GATE HERE
  • Teacher Recommendation Form from your current English or foreign language teacher
  • Most recent grade report

LEAF Diagnostic Testing is by appointment only and is available for students with prior French language experience who may be able to place into a higher level of LEAF. Students already enrolled in French classes will be asked to take a diagnostic test consisting of written and oral components so they can be placed into the appropriate level/semester of the program. The GATE office will contact you when we are ready to administer the test.

Please note: Students need to meet the criteria for the ACT, SAT, or CogAT. Students only need to take and submit scores for one of these tests. An IQ test is also acceptable instead of standardized test scores. 

Although students may meet the minimum requirements, it does not guarantee acceptance. All applications will go through a holistic review process.

Students must reapply every year (except Year 1 to Year 2 academic students) to be accepted into the program. Acceptances cannot be deferred and are only valid for the year the application was submitted and approved.