LeAp: Learning through an Expanded Arts Program

Welcome to LeAp

LeAp is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of public education through a hands-on, arts-based approach to teaching the academic curriculum. LeAp empowers students to reach their full potential.

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LeAp's Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs Program is officially underway in 12 schools across Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Over 1,500 students in grades three to six have begun to apply creative problem-solving skills to create their own business ideas and innovative products that address various needs in their communities--- and how to bring two-dimensional designs to three-dimensional reality. Click here for more information!

Student finalists from nine schools citywide will compete in LeAp’s upcoming 7thannual NYC August Wilson Monologue Competition on March 5th at MMAC Theater. Hosted by Tony Award-winning actor Chuck Cooper and featuring Broadway’s Alton White, students will perform monologues from Wilson’s Century Cycle series before a panel of judges. Three students will advance to the national competition in May. We congratulate all participating NYC students on their hard work and creativity! Please click here to read more!

Test scores and independent quantitative studies have shown that students in LeAp's ALLL program far exceed their peers in the development of ELA skills, aligned with the Common Core and New York State Learning Standards. This year, the ALLL K-8 program is being implemented in 191 classes in 40 schools citywide and serves approx. 5,000 students and trains approx. 200 teachers. Please click here to learn more.

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LeAp News & Events

  1. STUDENT WINNERS SELECTED FOR LEAP’S NYC AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION ON MARCH 5TH

    February 09, 2015

    On February 4th and February 6th 2015, students in LeAp’s August Wilson program participated in a preliminary competition held at the T. Schreiber Studios in Midtown Manhattan. Ninety students presented monologues before a panel of...

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  2. LEAP’S 13TH ANNUAL ART SHOW HOSTED BY CITI

    October 09, 2014

    On October 16th, 2014, Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAp) and Citi honored the young artists whose works are currently on display in LeAp’s 13th Annual Student Art Exhibition with certificates and a Milk & Cookies Opening...

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  3. LEAP’S NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM AT JHS 22X IS PART OF THE MAYOR’S NEW SONYC INITIATIVE

    September 04, 2014

    Since 2005, LeAp’s award-winning afterschool program at JHS 22X has continued to be recognized for its excellence in providing services to middle school students through a hands-on, arts-based approach to teaching the academic...

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