The LEAP model is built on the premise that a school can enhance the education and future career opportunities for urban minority children and families through the development and sustainability of strategies that are grounded on collaboration, integration, entrepreneurship and community development. The educational foundation for the school is anchored on a dual focus that addresses closing the achievement gap and ensuring college preparation and completion among African American and Latino students who are poor and mostly first-generation college students.
LEAP sustains its entire enterprise by establishing an organizational and governance structure that is entrepreneurial, effectively allocates resources, and is highly accountable. Its academic offering embraces the importance of placing college and career readiness at the center of its normative structure—one that encompasses high expectations for students, educators, and families. LEAP’s reach encompasses the entire family and sustains children from cradle through college and into productive adulthood.
That mission is sustained by a commitment to providing “Camden City students with the knowledge and skills to pursue post-secondary education, while building and sustaining an environment where all members of the educational community are committed to continuous growth and development toward high academic standards and are partners in building a positive, collaborative and nurturing community and dynamic learning environment.”