• Aim High Academy Aim High Academy Forty students from New Jersey completed a 3-week residential college-readiness program at Rutgers Camden.
  • Queen Latifah Show Queen Latifah Show Queen Latifah thanks an amazing educator who founded a school in her home state of New Jersey.
  • Fox 29 News Fox 29 News Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago on Fox 29 Morning News, as special guest discussing her recent published book entitled "The Miracle on Cooper Street" and the LEAP Academy pipeline model's success.
  • Congratulations Class of 2014 Congratulations Class of 2014 LEAP's largest graduating class yet with 120 students. Click photo to see pictures of the event
  • From Cradle to College: The LEAP Pipeline From Cradle to College: The LEAP Pipeline Footage from annual Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala dating from 2013.
  • Joing us for the 15th Annual Gala
  • The Miracle on Cooper Street The Miracle on Cooper Street In The Miracle on Cooper Street, Bonilla-Santiago shares the challenges and obstacles, potential resources, and support of fellow professionals that moved LEAP Academy from a small charter school in 1997 to its top position today. She describes and analyzes the establishment and accomplishments of LEAP Academy in one of America‚Äôs poorest and most violent cities, Camden, New Jersey.
  • A Successful High School In A Troubled Town A Successful High School In A Troubled Town CBS Evening News In Camden, N.J., teenagers are more likely to get shot, arrested or pregnant than receive a high school diploma. But 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












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July 28| Getting a first generation into college in S. Jersey By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over the last three weeks, 40 South Jersey rising seniors have been playing the part of college students. They have attended classes, lived in the Rutgers-Camden dormitories, and experienced some of the little things they might be able to expect if they enroll in higher education after next year, like messy roommates and dorm rooms. 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

June 2 | Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago in Puerto Rico discussing her book at a book signing event hosted by Former Governor of Puerto Rico Sila Calderon. She also spoke about the LEAP Academy Model and how the model can be replicated in schools in Puerto Rico. check out the media clip.
El Nevo Dia | 6-1-2014 | El Nuevo Dia | 5-28-2014
El Nuevo Dia| 5-29-2014 | El Vocero
El Diaglogo Digital (University of Puerto Rico Newspaper | Primera Hora

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