High School


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.

Dual-Enrollment Participation

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.

LEAP Transcripts

To request your official LEAP Transcript, please download the Transcript Request Form, complete it, and email the completed form to: csepulveda@leap.rutgers.edu.

Principal's Message

Welcome to LEAP Academy STEAM High School

LEAP Academy will celebrate its 20th year as a transformative agent for children, youth and families in the City of Camden. As the principal of the STEAM High School, I look forward to working with you this year to ensure the academic success and future college placement of your child and OUR student.

The STEAM High School is focused on college readiness with a curriculum emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) content areas. Housed in the LEAP High School Academies, specific multidisciplinary program areas allow students, in as early as grade 9, to experience college preparatory rigor in one of the three Academy areas: Business Academy; Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Academy; and the STEM Academy. This content area also allows students to explore different career options prior to choosing a college or university.

To further enhance the LEAP STEAM experience and further build on college-readiness expectations, LEAP has created dual enrollment partnerships with Rutgers-Camden, Rowan University and Cabrini University. These partnerships place opportunities for our students to complete college level dual enrollment courses in as early as the 10th grade. In addition, this year LEAP’s Senior class will take 21-30 credits of college courses at Rutgers Camden and Rowan University. This will make LEAP the only high school in the City of Camden that offers the first year of College in the 12th grade. This commitment to the students will be supported by dedicated teaching and College Access staff, to ensure that each and every Senior has an avenue for success.

In addition to academic success, we also know how to have fun at LEAP. Our students can choose from multiple extracurricular activities that support and expand upon what they have learned in the classroom (like our FabLAB club) or provide an opportunity for athletic competition.

LEAP Academy has developed several partnerships over its 20 years of success. These partnerships were created to help enhance and promote the educational trajectory of our students. From the beginning LEAP has known that no partnership is more important than our partnership with you the parent/guardian of our student. As your LEAP STEAM High School Principal, I look forward to continuing this legacy of parental partnership and involvement through the 2017-18 school year.
Let’s work together to create a bright and successful school year and college future.


Jorge Calixto
Principal, 9th -12th
130 Broadway Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Office Phone: 856-614-5600
Cell phone: 973-333-7686
Secretary: 856-614-7103

Instructional Programs

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.

LEAP Academies

LEAP Academies

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 Academy

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Business Academy

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Early College

Early College

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!

Khary Golden
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 University

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Rowan University

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  • District Administration
  • Wellness Clinic
  • Building Administration & Support Staff
  • College Access


  • English Teachers
  • Math Teachers
  • Science Teachers
  • History Teachers
  • Special Services
  • Business Teachers
  • Special Area Teachers (Arts, Dance, Music,Theater, GYM, ESL, & Spanish)

District Administration

Manuel Delgado

Lead Person/Chief Operations Officer


Kenneth Verrill

Chief Financial Officer/SBA


Michelle Fiordimondo

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Professional Development

856-614-5640 Ext. 700608mfiordimondo@leap.rutgers.edu

Jessica Pierre-Louis

Director of Data & Accountability


Traquillia Kennedy

Deputy Chief of Human resources Officer


Steve Pierre-Jacques

Director of Information Technology


Gladys Robreno

Director of Wellness, Family Support & Behavioral Health


Norma Agron

Director of Enrollment, Student Records & Transportation Services


Diana Crespo

Assistant Director to Enrollment & Transportation


Carlos Mattei-Ramos

Director of FAB Lab

856-614-5640 Ext. 700314cmattei@leap.rutgers.edu

David Salas de La Cruz

Faculty Associate for Science Department


Massimo DeSiano

Technology Specialist

856-614-5640 Ext. 700312mdesiano@leap.rutgers.edu

Beverly Johnson

Assistant to the SBA for Payroll


Kimberly Fitzpatrick

Assistant to the SBA for Finance &Grant/Business Office Manager


Sylvia Hunt

School Bus Driver/Accounts Payable Clerk


Syka Jimenez

School Bus Driver/Student Service Support


Maria Gonzalez

School Bus Driver/Student Service Support


Grace Begley

Enrollment Specialist


Michelle Roman-Colon

District Office Manager


Michelle Gardner

Family Services Support Teacher Fellow

856-614-5640 Ext. 701024mgardner@leap.rutgers.edu

Jeanette Rodriguez-Colon

Family Services Support Teacher Fellow

856-614-5640 Ext. 701024jrodriguezcolon@leap.rutgers.edu

Wellness Clinic

Dr. Velmina Rivera, MD, FAAP

Chief Medical Officer

856-614-5610 opt. 1vsrivera@leap.rutgers.edu

Jacqueline DePrince

Office Manager- Wellness Center

856-614-5610 opt. 1jdeprince@leap.rutgers.edu

Clara McCauley, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

856-614-5610 opt. 1cmccauley@leap.rutgers.edu

Ruby Rivera

Clinical Program Associate

856-614-5610 opt. 1rrivera@leap.rutgers.edu

Building Administration & Support Staff

Angel Rivera

Assistant to the Principal


Kassandra Alvarado

Dean of Student Culture

856-614-5640 Ext. 700607kalvarado@leap.rutgers.edu

Destinie Rivera

SHS Office Manager


Laurie Peterson-Faust

Fitness Center Coordinator


College Access

Marchelle Roberts

Director of College Access


Claudia L. Sepulveda

Director of Student Support Services and Accountability


English Teachers

Ashley DeLuce

English Teacher


Stephanie Depew

English Teacher


Dorothy Galanaugh

English Teacher


Lauren Kohout

English Teacher


Math Teachers

Glen Butterworth

Math Teacher


Katherine Jankowksi

Math Teacher


Melvin Monte

Math Teacher


Helen Uttaratoi

Math Teacher


Kyra Jenkins

Math Teacher Fellow


Science Teachers

Steven Brownstein

Biology Teacher


Daniel Klehamer

Physics Teacher


Randy Smith

Biology Teacher


Maxine Tauber

Chemistry Teacher


History Teachers

Brooke Bivona

History Teacher


Michael Burke

History Teacher


Michael Rhea

History Teacher


Ray Rossi

History Teacher


Ross Bear

Teacher Fellow History


Special Services

Britney McLeod

Special Education Teacher


Helen Redmond

Special Education Teacher


Jessica Refsnider

Special Education Teacher


Jason Smith

Special Education Teacher


Sonia Chugh

ESL Teacher


Sindy Bonilla

ESL Teacher Fellow


Business Teachers

Daniel Blackman

Business Teacher


Michael Hand

Business Teacher Fellow


Special Area Teachers (Arts, Dance, Music,Theater, GYM, ESL, & Spanish)

Amanda Phillip

Health/PE Teacher


Christine Hughes

Health/PE Teacher


Jesse Barton

Art Teacher


Jonathan Delgado-Pena

Industrial Art Teacher Fellow


Jessica Dixon

Dance Teacher


Chris McCrum

Technology Teacher


Gloria Bernal Gomez

Spanish Teacher



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.