• Joing us for the 15th Annual Gala
  • JumpStart read for the record JumpStart read for the record Join Us in reading the children’s book Bunny Cakes on October 22, 2014 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Click the photo for more information
  • Rutgers Graduate Certificate Program in Community Development Rutgers Graduate Certificate Program in Community Development The Rutgers Graduate Certificate Program in Community Development was launched at the Centro for Puerto Rico in San Juan this week with an intensive seminar on Executive Leadership and Communications. Led by Professor Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, this first course addresses the important topics of leadership development, strategic planning and effective communications within the context of community development. Click the photo for more information
  • Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago with Hon. Rolando Ortiz Velázquez (Mayor, Municipality of Cayey), Hon. Juan Carlos García Padilla (Mayor, Municipality of Coamo), Hon. Jesús Gerardo Márquez (Mayor, Municipality of Luquillo) and Hon. Luis Javier Hernández (Mayor, Municipality of Villalba) signing Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in initiatives of mutual interest which benefit public education in CAYEY, COAMO, LUQUILLO, VILLALBA; strengthen existing projects, including Programa Futuro; and establish the foundation for engaging in collaborative efforts that can result in better academic outcomes for students and for the municipalities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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September 5 | Common Wealth: Certificate Prepares Leaders in Puerto Rico to Solve Social and Economic Problems. Click here to read full article

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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