Serving Students in Grades 9-12
The LEAP High School serves 480 students in grades 9–12, and represents the culmination of the academic trajectory of students at the LEAP Academy. The High School Program is structured to simulate the college experience and to expose students to academic coursework, sequences and expectations that build their level of college readiness, motivation and self assurance about a college career. 100% of LEAP seniors graduate and 100% are accepted to college.
The High School is structured in three academies: (a) STEM/STEAM, (b) Liberal Arts/Social Studies, and (c) Business. During the 9th and 10th grades, students take core foundation courses, which prepares them for one of the academies. During the 11th and 12th grades, they choose an Academy and focus in a specialized track. The aim is to simulate the college experience by having students take general coursework followed by a major.
Students participate in Dual College enrollment and during their senior year, they enroll in college courses at Rowan and Rutgers Universities through the LEAP Early College.
LEAP Academy students are offered the opportunity to take dual-enrollment course work once they reach the ninth grade, and the number of dual-enrollment participants has increased exponentially since 2009.
Welcome to the STEAM High School and STEM Intermediate High School!!
At the LEAP Academy High School, we are committed to our collective mission to “enhance opportunities for the children and families of Camden through the collaborative design, implementation, and integration of education, health, and human services programs and through community development”. As principal of grades 7-12, I am committed to engaging our students, families, and staff on integrating our mission into our daily lives and practices. Our focus is on tapping on every available resource to ensure that all of our students are successful, reach their life’s dreams, and can affect positive change in our community. We stand by our promise that every child will finish high school and will get access to a college university upon graduation. This is our commitment to all parents and students.
Our collective focus is on building and maintaining a cohesive sense of community that is working towards college readiness. It is my belief that all members of the educational community are accountable for the academic future of our students and that they are working to create a nurturing, safe and secure learning environment. We have high expectations for all of our staff and welcome your partnership and collaboration. We except that all of our students will demonstrate interest, enthusiasm, motivation and pleasure for learning.
Our school is organized as a university campus with academies focusing on STEM, Business and Liberal Arts. Students in the 9th through 11th grades take core foundation courses along with targeted courses in their selected academy. Seniors are taking all their courses at Rutgers and Rowan University!! Our dual- enrollment initiative is far above anything offered in our area allowing our students to graduate with at least 24 college credits Our College Access Office works hand in hand with all of our students in grades 7-12 to ensure a college focus for our younger grade levels and smooth transition to college for our seniors. Our record of success makes us one of the best high schools in Camden and the region. This is cause for celebration.
Children are our greatest natural resource. As your principal, I take my educational responsibility to children very seriously. I believe that it is my responsibility to assist teachers and students in their learning journey. High quality instruction and positive engagement is at the core of our school for every student, in every classroom, every day.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you!
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Early College & Specialized Academies
- School culture and conditions that facilitate teaching and learning at a college level.
- Early college and dual credit courses for all seniors to guarantee graduation with over 20 college credits.
- Content specialized teachers that are enthusiastic and highly qualified about their fields.
- Opportunity to choose a specialized Academy as the academic focus to increase student ownership for learning and simulate the college experience.
- College Access Center that provides ongoing support on academic as well as non-academic areas to ensure students are on track for graduation and college enrollment.
- Emphasis in developing core academic skills, such as writing and analytic thinking and non-cognitive skill development, including behaviors that reflect greater student self-awareness, self-monitoring, and self-control— study skills, work habits, time management, help-seeking behavior, and social problem solving skills.
- Every student is assigned a laptop and has access to to varied technology around the school, including 3-D printers, computer labs and smart boards.
- Access to opportunities to participate in academic summer programs and other leadership and academic programs that augment college preparation.
Similar to that of any college or university, the LEAP STEAM High School course of study is comprised of three academies (Business, STEAM/STEM and Liberal Arts), which contain multiple concentrations. Below is a list of concentrations, complete with descriptions so that you know what your options are for your course of study throughout high school. After you select what concentration option is best for you, all course registrations will be made with an advisor in The Center for College Access.
You will be able to use one of the below concentrations as a precursor to selecting a college major and determining what career path you would like to follow. If and when you have any questions about how your high school concentration will impact your college education, please reach out to an advisor with The Center for College Access.
LEAP STEAM High School Concentration Options
Liberal Arts AcademyLearn More
Business AcademyLearn More
STEAM/STEM AcademyLearn More
Starting in Fall 2017, all seniors at LEAP enroll in the Early College Program and will enroll in courses at Rutgers University and Rowan University. Through the Early College Initiative, high school students have the opportunity to complete college level courses while still in high school. LEAP seniors will complete up to 30 college credits. The focus is on transforming the senior year of high school into the first year of college. The Early College concept expands the school’s Dual College Enrollment program by which selected group of high school students take selected college courses as part of their high school year. Students that graduate from high school with these many college credits enter the university with an advantage in terms of college readiness, as well as credits already completed. This provides them with an opportunity to finish college on time and to perform at a higher academic level.
Message from the Director
During my time at LEAP Academy, I have had the opportunity to work firsthand in expanding our dual-enrollment offerings. I truly believe that dual-enrollment coursework is one of the most important opportunities that LEAP Academy is able to leverage for it’s students. I have worked side by side with college admissions officers and administrators to place LEAP Academy students in college coursework, including College Composition, Calculus, Intro to Psychology, and Biology. Although college level coursework can be incredibly challenging, it can often be an exceedingly rewarding experience. Previous participants in LEAP Academy’s dual-enrollment program have gone on to attend numerous prestigious institutions including Princeton, UPenn, Georgetown, Swarthmore, Temple, Rutgers, and Rowan University. The LEAP Dual-Enrollment Program has also become an incredibly effective recruiting tool for Rutgers University, our primary partner in furthering the legacy of ensuring 100% graduation and college placement a for the students of LEAP Academy. Establishing a full-scale dual-enrollment program for each of our graduating seniors is simply the next logical step in continuing to transform the education landscape in the city of Camden.
I have spent nearly my entire life living and working in the city of Camden, and I have dedicated my life to providing the children of the community the best possible opportunity to achieve long-term academic and professional success. LEAP Academy has proven to be a game-changer in the city of Camden, and I am honored to be able to rewrite history each and everyday. I have no doubt in my mind that the LEAP Academy Class of 2018 will continue to uphold LEAP Academy’s quarter century legacy of excellence!
Chief Innovation Officer/Director of Early College
Why Early College?
- Research has shown the earlier introduction to college courses leads to better long-term academic outcomes.
- High quality dual enrollment can have a powerful impact on students’ post-secondary success, yet few opportunities are available to low-income students in inner cities.
- Students who get college experience in high school have a higher high school graduation rate and are less likely to take basic skills courses once they enrolled in college.
- Dual-enrollment students are more likely to attend and persist in college once they completed high school.
- Reinforces LEAP’s college culture and support the expectation that each student will attend college and develop career aspirations.
- Early College students have more positive high school experiences than comparison students, including positive experiences as follows:
- The rigor of their high school experiences
- Their high school’s college-going culture
- The level of instructor support
- The quality of support for completing college and financial aid applications
Early College Courses for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
Rutgers UniversityLearn More
Rowan UniversityLearn More
David Salas de La Cruz
Faculty Director, FAB LabDAVID.SALAS@CAMDEN.RUTGERS.EDU
Fitness Center Coordinatorlpeterson@leap.rutgers.edu
School Bus Driver/Student Service Supportmgonzalez@leap.rutgers.edu
School Bus Driver/Student Service Supportsjimenez@leap.rutgers.edu
Teacher Fellow Historyrbear@leap.rutgers.edu
Special Education Teacherjrefsnider@leap.rutgers.edu
Special Education Teacherjsmith@leap.rutgers.edu
ESL Teacher Fellowsbonilla@leap.rutgers.edu
Business Teacher Fellowmhand@leap.rutgers.edu
Special Area Teachers (Arts, Dance, Music,Theater, GYM, ESL, & Spanish)
Industrial Art Teacher Fellowjdelgadopena@leap.rutgers.edu
Gloria Bernal Gomez
View & Download Menus for High School Students
Food is cooked daily in each school. The staff works diligently to provide balanced and nutritious meals. Menus are available each week.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
LEAP Academy’s ESL Program aims to provide culturally and linguistically responsive education for all English language learners to ensure equitable access to opportunities that promote language acquisition, life long learning, and global citizenship.