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  • Latino Education Advancement Program

    A tuition-free summer program taking place June 20 - July 15, 2023
    Steward’s Latino Education Advancement Program (LEAP), now in its 16th year, is a tuition-free summer program for Latino students entering grades 8-12. The 2023 program takes place June 20-July 15, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on The Steward School campus. LEAP is a tuition-free summer program that empowers Latino youth for high school success, college preparation, and meaningful connections.

About The Program

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  • What is LEAP?

    A tuition-free summer program that empowers Latino youth for high school success,  college preparation, and meaningful connections.
     
    Steward’s Latino Education Advancement Program (LEAP), now in its 16th year, is a tuition-free summer program for Latino students entering grades 8-12. The 2023 program takes place June 20-July 15, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on The Steward School campus.
     
    LEAP includes:
    • Small classes (12 students per class)
    • Steward School faculty
    • Math, English, and Spanish-language classes, plus extracurricular activities
    • SAT preparation and college counseling
    • Financial assistance information for college 
    • An exploration of career opportunities
    • Hot lunches, plus snacks
    • Field trips to several colleges 
     
    LEAP fulfills The Steward School’s mission, which is to prepare students for college and for life in a community defined by robust academics, inspiration, engagement, and care. 
     
    Small classes, dedicated teachers, and college counseling combine for an enriching experience designed to contribute to high school success and college readiness. LEAP is open to students from Richmond and surrounding regions. 
     
    LEAP reaches Latino youth at a critical age, when their academic and personal interests are growing, but when their educational and social opportunities may be limited. 
     
    LEAP connects students with their culture and provides a welcoming environment in which they can form lasting friendships.
     
    Parents and families of LEAP participants are invited to a special ceremony on campus at the end of the program. 
     
    Students interested in applying to LEAP will need to submit teacher recommendations and a copy of their transcript. After participating in LEAP,  families who are interested in applying to attend The Steward School may set up a meeting with the admissions team.

    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.

    All forms can be sent to:
    Claudia Ramirez at LEAP@stewardschool.org
  • LEAP Sponsors

    Founding Supporters:
    • Edward E. Ford Foundation
    • Genworth Financial
    • Monument Consulting, LLC in partnership with WestRock (formally MeadWestvaco)

    2022 Annual Supporters:
    • Clayborne Education
    • Goya Foods
    • Meriwether Godsey
    • NOVA Swimming
    • Nunnally Charitable Trust
    • Performance Food Group
    • Randolph-Macon College
    • Shelton H. Short, Jr Trust
    • The Brinks Company
    • The Steward School
    Thank you to our past supporters. If you are interested in supporting the LEAP program please email development@stewardschool.org
  • Building Better Minds: LEAP feature

Questions? Contact Us

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  • Photo of Claudia Ramirez

    Claudia Ramirez 

    MS World Languages Teacher
    (804) 740-3394 x6586

Portrait of a Student

Ana Revelos Leon '24, Steward's 2020 Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship recipient, is a three-time LEAP participant. Thanks to the college counseling sessions, she learned how to craft a resume and create a "personal statement" for college and job applications. "The teachers are amazing and the friendships I've made are built for life," said Ana. "What I love about LEAP is the loving community ... you feel welcome and accepted."
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