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The LEAP (Leadership, Education, and Partnership) Academy University Charter
School is a kindergarten through 12th-grade (K-12) public charter school that serves Camden City with one core principle: all children and families deserve access to a quality public education.

  • The Miracle of Cooper Street Miracle at Inner City School By NBC10, Renee Chenault-Fattah, Founder of the Leap Academy in Camden New Jersey, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago and one of her former students, Robert Ransom talk about the school's 100-percent success rate.
  • alt="YES Institute"/> Our point of View LEAP Academy student's point of view on the Symposium they attended on the topic of Poverty, Race, and Educational Inequality: Implications for Policy and Practice. Sponsored by Community Leadership Center and Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers–Camden. Click photo to read essays
  • Annual Walkathon Click photo for more information
  • Alfredo Santiago Rutgers Scholars Program Rutgers Camden Scholarship Recognition Dinner LEAP alumni who are also recipients of the Alfredo Santiago Scholarship, attended the Rutgers Scholarship Recognition Dinner on March 11, 2014. The scholarship is awarded annually to eligible LEAP graduates based on academic merit and financial need with an emphasis on increasing diversity at Rutgers.
  • A Successful High School In A Troubled Town A Successful High School In A Troubled Town At Leap Academy, 100 percent of the class is graduating. Founder Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago credits the school's success to smaller class sizes, a clean, safe environment and longer days. Michelle Miller reports.
  • CLC Annual Report 2012-2013 CLC Annual Report 2012-2013 Discover the latest achievements of the Community Leadership Center in the 2012-2013 Annual Report. This comprehensive document also includes: highlights of the LEAP Academy, profiles of teachers and staff, and a demographic overview of LEAP Families. Click the photo to read the full Report.

News and Announcements

April 15 | Miracle at Inner City School by NBC10, Renee Chenault-Fattah. Founder of the Leap Academy in Camden New Jersey, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago and one of her former students, Robert Ransom talk about the school's 100-percent success rate. Click here for video clip

April 14 | Triumph over Tragedy | By Tom McLaughlin University News Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor reflects on life and lessons learned in new autobiography | Click here for learned more

April 14 |
John E. Morgan Foundation Provides $1.5 million Challenge Grant to Advance Rutgers Center Seeking to Transform Early Childhood Learning in Camden | Rutgers University-Camden | Rutgers News
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April 10| Rutgers-Camden announces $3 million in grants for early childhood education | By Jason Laday/South Jersey Times
Rutgers announces a significant funding initiative with the John E. Morgan Foundation to help the Rutgers–Camden Community Leadership Center transform early childhood education in Camden, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Click here to learned more

April 10 | Expanding LEAP Academy creates cradle-to-college fundby Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer Click here to learned more

March 19| HIB Report Card is released by the New Jersey Department of Education with high marks for LEAP Academy

The New Jersey Department of Education released the HIB Report Card documenting progress of schools across the state in implementing the mandates in the Harassment, Intimidation and Anti-Bullying Law.  Civility and character education have been important elements for the LEAP Academy since its inception in 1997.   In our efforts to provide our students with quality opportunities for improving their social and leadership skills, the school’s Family Support Center has been in the forefront of providing quality experiences for students, families and staff to ensure that our children become positive and productive members of the community and that our school provides a nurturing, respectful and safe environment for our entire community.  This commitment to development of whole child guides the school’s strategy for implementing the HIB mandates in New Jersey law.

LEAP is extremely proud to have received two very special awards this year acknowledging our efforts and accomplishments to develop and implement a strong character education program.  In October of 2013, the LEAP Academy University Charter School was honored with a proclamation from the City of Camden and Mayor Dana Redd for celebrating Character Counts Week (October 20-26, 2013) and this March 2014 LEAP Academy will be honored as a Camden County School of Character.

Under the leadership of Gladys Robreno and Carmen Ubarry, the school has accomplished the following successes in its quest to combat Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying and ensure that our students participate in a comprehensive Character Education program:

 The state’s report card for HIB can be found by clicking here

Rutgers Aim High Academy is recruiting and invites LEAP Students to apply for The Aim High Academy is a residential, pre-college summer program hosted annually for three weeks in July on the Rutgers University-Camden Campus. The program’s goal is to prepare and motivate New Jersey High School students to attend and succeed in college.   Click here for more information and how to apply the program

March 3 | Information about Educator Evaluation/Common Core/PARCC Facts.
Click here to read memo

From Cradle to College: The LEAP Pipeline Video


ATTENTION PARENTS the following are the snow days make up April 21, Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23, Thursday 24,  and Friday 25 (Half day session)


Thursday, March 27, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014

All meetings are held at LEAP Academy High School (549 Cooper Street, Camden NJ.)
* Meetings begin at 6:00 pm (Call to confirm.)


Click here for Important forms for current LEAP Academy Employees,