The LEAP Way

LEAP recognizes that:

  • There is a lack of access to the arts in many underserved New York City public school communities, despite the fact that necessary 21st century skills can be cultivated through artistic inquiry

  • Many New York students fail to succeed due to low school engagement

  • Traditional teaching methods alone are less effective in accessing all types of learners


We teach programs across a wide variety of mediums that integrate the arts with what we believe are essential skills for success in the 21st century: confidence, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration. We call those skills the 4Cs, and they're a part of every one of our programs in both the afterschool space and during the school day.

At LEAP, we define the 4Cs in this way:

Creativity - The ability to think and work with others in a way that activates imagination and expands thinking, leading to new ideas.

Critical Thinking - The ability to reason, make judgments, and solve problems.

Communication - The ability to express oneself clearly with oral, written, and nonverbal skills.

Collaboration - The ability to work effectively and respectfully with a diverse group or individuals as a team toward a common goal, while valuing the contributions of others.


There is a wide body of research indicating the efficacy of an arts education from PreK through high school. It helps teachers access all types of learners—including non-traditional learners—and has a profound impact on engagement and proficiency of class material. Kids from low-income backgrounds with high exposure to the arts are five times less likely to drop out of school. Students exposed to the arts perform better on math and reading tests, and develop stronger social emotional competencies. And critically to us, they are one of the best ways to teach the 4Cs and prepare our students for the 21st century. 


We're building the next generation of life long learners and innovative problem-solvers. Supported by adults who they trust and opportunities to express themselves, youth will grow to become confident and successful leaders. The LEAP instructional model is focused on high-quality educational arts programs with intentional strategies to foster this change.

Students with high exposure to the arts are 5x less likely to drop out of school.

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New York, NY 10018

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