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  • Latino Education Advancement Program

    A free summer program
    Steward School’s LEAP introduces Richmond-area Latino students to the fundamentals of independent school educational and academic experiences.

About The Program

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  • What is LEAP?

    LEAP is a free summer program that contributes to high school success and college readiness. The program is geared toward students in rising grades 8-12 and typically takes place over the course of four weeks in June and July. LEAP was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but we are optimistic that it will be up and running in 2021.

    The Latino Education and Promotion (LEAP) summer experience includes:
    • Small classes
    • Steward School teachers
    • Mathematics, English, Spanish for native speakers, technology, science, physical education, and music classes
    • SAT preparation and university orientation
    • Guide to request financial assistance for university studies
    • Exploration of various career opportunities
    • School trips to universities, museums, and the swimming pool
    • Talks with successful Latino guests from various professional fields
    This program includes free daily lunch and snacks. There is the possibility of transportation assistance.

    Participating in LEAP helps prepare students for school and personal life through enrichment activities that will broaden interests and improve academic possibilities.

    "It was a magical summer that welcomed 56 students of Hispanic origin and their families to The Steward School. The bilingual environment, the camaraderie, and the students' willingness to learn were refreshing and rewarding." - Melanie Rodriguez, Director of LEAP

    LEAP is the flagship program of the Latin American Advanced Education Initiative at The Steward School. LEAP has been introducing Latino students in the Richmond area to the fundamentals of the educational and academic experiences of independent schools since 2007. In addition, this four-week summer program enriches and supports the education of Latino students, regardless of which school they attend currently or in the future.

    The LEAP program offers a rigorous and enriched curriculum of university preparation in ESL, Spanish for native speakers, mathematics, and technology, with segments on study skills and English language skills. The program also focuses on SAT preparation in English and mathematics, as well as university orientation for eleventh- and twelfth-grade students.

    Parents are invited to participate in various components of the program, and families will be guided by admissions representatives if they wish to apply for admission to an independent school.

    Mrs. Rodriguez explains: “We are reaching the youth of the area at a critical age; their academic and personal interests are growing, but the educational and social opportunities available to them can be limiting. LEAP seeks to close the gap between the two.” LEAP's ultimate goal is to provide opportunities that empower Latino youth in the Richmond area to prepare for the future. 

    Apply

    Follow the instructions on the LEAP application by completing LEAP application and submitting it to the LEAP director. Please complete and return the student records release form to the main office of the student's current school. The teacher recommendation form can be delivered to the student's English teacher with an self-addressed envelope. All forms can be sent to:

    Melanie Rodriguez

    Director of LEAP
    The Steward School
    11600 Gayton Rd.
    Richmond, VA 23238
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  • LEAP Sponsors

    Founding Sponsors:
    • EE Ford Foundation
    • Genworth Financial
    • Monument Consulting, LLC

    Annual Sponsors:
    • Capital One Services, LLC
    • Memorial Foundation for Children
    • Nunnally Charitable Lead Trust
    • Shelton H Short, JR Trust
    • The Benevity Community Impact Fund
    • The Steward School
    • Barbara Goldberg, PhD
    • Pastor Juan Carlos Roca
    • Dr. I N. Sporn

Sobre el programa

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  • Programa gratuito de verano que contribuye al éxito en la escuela secundaria y a la preparación para la universidad.

    “Estamos llegando a los jóvenes del área en una edad critica; sus intereses académicos y personales están creciendo, pero las oportunidades educativas y sociales disponibles para ellos pueden ser limitantes. LEAP busca cerrar la brecha entre los dos.” – Melanie Rodriguez, Directora de LEAP
     
     
    LEAP es un programa de verano gratuito que contribuye al éxito en la escuela secundaria y bachillerato, e incentiva la preparación para la vida universitaria.

    Desde el 2007, LEAP ha formado estudiantes latinos del área metropolitana de Richmond a través de las experiencias curriculares y extracurriculares de las escuelas independientes, con única interrupción del verano 2020 debido a la pandemia COVID 19.

    La misión de LEAP es preparar a los estudiantes latinos de Richmond para la universidad y para la vida, en una comunidad definida por un currículum académico robusto que inspira, cautiva y nutre, mientras fortalece los lazos de la comunidad latina.

    La duración de LEAP es de cuatro semanas en un horario intensivo de 9 am a 3 pm. La convivencia diaria contribuye a fomentar no solo el éxito académico sino la creación de lazos y vínculos culturales entre pares.

    La invitación está abierta para los estudiantes latinos de Richmond de 8vo a 12vo grado, con la intención de ampliar nuevos horizontes para los participantes abriendo las puertas de Steward School cada verano.

    Una de las metas de LEAP es incrementar la población de estudiantes latinos a la que sirve, y de esta manera conservar el liderazgo como programa de verano dedicado exclusivamente a estudiantes latinos.

    La experiencia del verano incluirá:
    · Clases pequeñas (Max. 16 estudiantes por clase)
    · Profesorado de Steward School
    · Clases de matemáticas, inglés, español para hispanohablantes, tecnología, ciencias, educación física y música
    · Orientación universitaria y preparación preuniversitaria para SATs
    · Asesoría para solicitar asistencia financiera para estudios universitarios
    · Paseos y excursiones escolares
    · Charlas con invitados latinos de diversos campos profesionales

    Las cuatro semanas durante las cuales los estudiantes participan en LEAP enriquecen la educación de los estudiantes latinos, sin importar de cual escuela provienen actualmente o asistirán en el futuro.

    LEAP valora a la familia hispana, por lo cual, los padres y familiares de los estudiantes están cordialmente invitados a participar en actividades del programa, y en caso de estar interesados, serán guiados por la oficina de admisión para solicitar el ingreso a Steward School.

    “El 2019 fue un verano mágico que dio la bienvenida a 65 estudiantes de origen hispano y a sus familias a Steward School. El ambiente bilingüe, la camaradería y la disposición para aprender fueron refrescantes y gratificantes.” – Melanie Rodriguez, Directora de LEAP

    Aplicar
    Siga las instrucciones de la solicitud LEAP completando y LEAP aplicación al Director de LEAP. Por favor complete y devuelva el formulario de liberación de registros de estudiantes a la oficina principal de la escuela del estudiante. El formulario de recomendación del maestro se puede entregar al maestro de inglés del estudiante con un sobre con la dirección. Todos los formularios pueden ser enviados a la siguiente:

    Melanie Rodriguez
    Director de LEAP
    11600 Gayton Rd.
    Richmond, VA 23238

Questions? Contact Us

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    Melanie Rodriguez 

    Director of LEAP
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    Claudia Ramirez Freytes 

    MS World Language Teacher

A Steward Graduate

Michael Cevallos, a Steward graduate in 2014, was named a Gates Millennium Scholar and one of only 1,000 students selected from a total of 58,000 applicants. After winning the award, Michael said: "Winning the Gates Millennium scholarship is the product of four years of persistence and hard work. As a Steward LEAP student, I was free to discover who I am. I took challenging classes, discovered a love for the violin, was treasurer of the National Honor Society, played soccer and futsal, and participated in Spanish and ping pong clubs. I challenged myself, learned from my mistakes and kept growing. As a result, I have the confidence in myself to deal with anything. "
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