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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.

  • LEAP Academy S.T.E.M High School Groundbreaking ceremony LEAP Academy S.T.E.M High School Groundbreaking ceremony Click here to see photos of the event.
  • Congratulations LEAP Studentsalt="YES Institute"/> Congratulations LEAP Students LEAP Academy University Charter School is proud to announce the recipients for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program - STEM Academy Seniors Cindy Le and Destiny Bingham. Click photo to read more
  • 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.

News and Announcements

December 3 | Camden Students Offered Full Scholarsip to Rutgers
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click here to see video clip

December 1 | Academy prepares a LEAP forward
by Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer

The expansion of LEAP’s S.T.E.M. High School, which specializes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, will help the city’s largest charter school network continue to grow, said LEAP founder Gloria Bonilla-Santiago. Click here to read full story

October 27 |
The Farm to School Grant presented another nutrition workshop to the LEAP parents last Thursday, October 23 at 5:30pm. Dr. Nancy Pontes did the presentation titled “Eat your Greens: Eating a Plant Based Diet’ about the benefits of eating more seasonal vegetables, less meat and its benefits to help control chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure as well as weight control and nutritional value. Chef Pastorello cooked for the parents who attended. Asparagus and Swiss chard were the vegetables introduced to the parents. Cookbooks, children’s books and aprons were raffled after the meal. The parents completed a survey about the program, all had very positive comments about it and hoped that LEAP continues offering more nutrition workshops. Click here to see photos of the event.

October 21| Philadelphia Inquirer | Senate President Steve Sweeney stopped to have his photo taken with young students as he toured the LEAP Academy University Charter School
Read more click here | Photo of the visit

October 16 | By Kristina Pritchett | South Jersey Times
Camden LEAP Charter School students become nutrition ambassadors. Click here to read full article.

October 16 | Rutgers-Camden News Now | LEAP Alumni Rob Ransom Rutgers Law Student Returns to Camden to Make a Difference, Starts with Safe Halloween Event. Click here to read full article

October 13 | Courier-Post by Phil Dunn | Common threads for S.J. students? Uniforms make the grade Click here to read full article.

June 30 | Action News Philadelphia | CAMDEN, N.J. (WPVI) -- Excellence is the perfect way to describe the hardworking students and teachers at LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden.

For a decade straight, 100 percent of their students have earned their diploma and 100 percent are heading to college. This year is LEAP's largest graduating class yet with 120 students. Click here to see video clip

May 19 | Actions News LEAP Students received the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) | Click here to see the news

2014 Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Gala: A night of Miracles


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


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