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High Expectations’ mission is to help international students and immigrants become college-and-career-ready through student-centered, engaging, research-based English language instruction; explore American culture and society with confidence; and eliminate barriers in achieving their academic, economic and personal goals.



Lynn Leonard received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Suffolk University and a law degree from New England School of Law. She began her legal career as counsel for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination before opening her own law firm.


Lynn has been practicing law for 30 years with a focus on Civil Rights and Children and Family Law. This includes educational advocacy for court-involved youth and litigation of discrimination cases involving students, employees and the public school system for violations of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Lynn's primary focus led her to open High Expectations in 2015. In education, the term "High Expectations" typically refers to any effort to set the same high educational standards for all students in a class, school, or education system. The concept of High Expectations is premised on the philosophical and pedagogical belief that a failure to hold all students to high expectations effectively denies them access to a high quality education, since the education achievement of students tends to rise or fall in direct relation to the expectations placed on them. In other words, students who are expected to learn more or perform better generally do so, while those held to lower expectations usually achieve less.


High Expectations challenges all students to achieve their true academic potential and advances equal access to education and employment for immigrants and international students through English language development.        

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