IRW Distinguished Lecture Presents: Gloria Bonilla Santiago “The Miracle on Cooper Street: A Case Study of Community Transformation and Engaged Scholarship”. Gloria describes and analyzed the establishment and accomplishments of LEAP Academy in one of America’s poorest cities, Camden NJ.

Channel 6 News, media coverage of Donovon Guess, a LEAP Academy High School senior basketball star. Just like the name of his school, Donovan Guess sure can leap. 

2015 Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala raises funds to help LEAP Academy students attend college and graduate with the experience needed to pursue successful careers.

Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago addresses en educational initiative in Camden which established the first charter school in New Jersey.  The LEAP Academy University Charter High School strives to improve the educational disparities that impact Camden youth.

In the early 1990s, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago hatched a plan to create an alternative school for families in the impoverished city of Camden, New Jersey, who were desperate to avoid sending their kids to the city’s abysmal public system.

Footage from annual Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala dating from 2014: “A Night of Miracles”.

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.

Queen Latifah’s tribute to educators on “Teacher’s Appreciation Day”.

NBC Video

Miracle at Inner City School
By NBC10, Renee Chenault-Fattah, Founder of the Leap Academy in Camden New Jersey, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago and one of her former students, Robert Ransom talk about the school’s 100-percent success rate.

Dr. Santiago was a guest at the “POWER YOUR LIFE” Talk Radio show which is hosted by Success Doc, Jo Anne White, author speaker and professional coach who has produced and hosted her own radio talk show for many years.  The show is designed to offer real solutions to life’s many challenges by engaging guests and experts in their field. Dr. Santiago spoke about her recent published book entitled “The Miracle on Cooper Street”.

Dr. Santiago on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago is a special guest on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports to talk about merit pay at LEAP Academy.

Mitchell, Andrea. “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” Andrea Mitchell Reports. Dir. Steve Goodman. Prod. Subrata De. Microsoft and the National Broadcasting Company. MSNBC, New York City, NY, 23 Feb. 2011. Television.

New Brunswick Tomorrow is Developing the City’s Leaders Today
Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, director of Leadership Tomorrow, discusses New Brunswick Tomorrow developing leaders who will guide the city’s growth in the 21st century. Discover the personal stories of the program’s graduates and how they’re putting their skills to use today for the people of New Brunswick.

Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago Women of Worth Honoree | 2008
In 1997, Dr. Santiago opened LEAP Academy University Charter School as one of 13 inaugural public charter schools in the state of New Jersey. Putting policy into practice, she established the only school in the state to offer all the necessary building blocks for a strong community. Originally an elementary school serving 300 students, it has grown to serve nearly 900 students and encompass the entire learning spectrum, from preschool to 12th grade. The results speak for themselves. Of the four senior classes to graduate from LEAP Academy, every single student has been accepted into college.

A daughter of Puerto Rican migrant workers, Dr. Santiago is a passionate and enthusiastic educator who has focused on helping the residents of challenged communities like the one where she grew up thrive through education and professional development. Dr. Santiago is committed to transforming America’s poorest city through education. A leading scholar, she is an internationally renowned speaker on the areas of education reform, community development, and diversity management.  She also contributes regularly to major local print and broadcast news outlets around the nation. 

A successful high school in a troubled town| 2013 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.

Take the LEAP forward with us!| 2013 At LEAP Academy Charter School options are not unlimited! The Extended School day and year program, Rigorous Curriculum and Family Engagement yields 100% College Placement results.

ABC Philadelphia Scholarship for LEAP Student| 2013 LEAP Academy University Charter school students are on track towards obtaining full-time scholarships to college. 

“Scholarships Help Low-Income Children in Camden Attend College” | 2013 LEAP Academy University Charter school commitment to college financial assistance propels their students to achieve.

LEAP Academy Fundraising Gala Media Clip 6ABS News| 2013

Grand Opening Ceremony ABC 10 News 10.9.12| Grand Opening Ceremony for the LEAP Academy University Charter School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Campus. 

Grand Opening Ceremony  WUVP Univision 10.9.12|  Grand Opening Ceremony for the LEAP Academy University Charter School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Campus.

STEM Grand Opening Ceremony  NJTV News | 10.9.12

6ABC: LEAP Academy 2012 Graduation | 6.28.2

6ABC: LEAP student heading to Cornell U | 05.09.12

6ABC: PNC opens library at Rutgers ELRA 04.30.12| This ABC Philadelphia news story highlights the new ELRA library grand opening on April 30, 2012, which was created by PNC’s Grow Up Great program.

New ELRA-PNC library opens at Rutgers-Camden | 04.30.12

6ABC: Educator from Brazil visits LEAP Academy  | 04.09.12

Alejandro Garcia Padilla Visits LEAP Academy | 03.28.12

NBC10: NCLB waiver affects NJ’s LEAP  | 02.13.11

CBS3: LEAP Academy breaks ground | 11.14.11

FOX29 News: LEAP Academy breaks ground | 11.14.11

6ABC: LEAP Academy breaks ground 11.14.11 | LEAP Academy broke ground on its new $12.5M Science, Technology, Engineering and Math campus at a special ceremony in Camden on Nov. 14.

LEAP Academy STEM groundbreaking 11.14.11 | 

CBS3: LEAP students shine in Science 05.06.11 |  This story by CBS3-TV’s Jericka Duncan features LEAP Academy STEM students and their successes in recent Science Fair competitions in the Delaware Valley area.

The Success Behind Camden’s LEAP Academy 02.21.11|  The Success Behind Camden’s LEAP Academy: MyFoxPHILLY.com.  In the heart of Camden, there’s a school where every senior graduates.

Leap Academy Featured on NJN 1.14.11| 
Dr. Gloria BonillaSantiago talk about merit pay at LEAP Academy.

Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala | 2015 “Enlightening Minds”

Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala | 2014 “A Night of Miracles”

Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala | 2013 “From Cradle to College: The LEAP Pipeline”

Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala | 2012 “Brick by Brick: Building Alfredo Santiago’s Legacy”

Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala | 2010 “Footprints to the Future: Inspiring Leaders from Birth to 16”

Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala | 2009  “A Decade of Cultivating Excellence and Discovering Greatness”

Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala | 2008  “From Cooper Street to College: LEAP Graduates Leading a Path for All to Follow”

Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala | 2007 “Building a Legacy of Excellence”

Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala | 2006 “Your Investment at Work…100% University and College Acceptance”

Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala | 2005 “15th Anniversary of the Center for Strategic Urban Community Leadership”

Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala | 2004 “Infinity and Beyond, Dreams and Hopes”

Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala | 2003  “A Vision of Dreams…Every Child Tells a Story”

Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala | 2002 “Imagine the Future”

Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala | 2001  “An Inspiring Jewel”