LEAP Science and Maths Schools aim is to address the educational deficits within disadvantaged communities so that students can fulfill their true potential in maths, science and English. The cornerstones of the LEAP programme are the academic rigour and personal growth of students to improve their chances of access to, and success at, tertiary institutions.
The LEAP model works. These schools take in young people facing the most serious academic and social challenges, but have managed to achieve a 94% Grade 12 pass rate with 75% of graduates pursuing tertiary studies. The combination of personal empowerment and academic excellence is the key that unlocks real change.
Grade 11 students participating in the 2015 CESA Job Shadow Day
Their objectives are to:
- Provide free education to students with potential from high-need township communities.
- Insist that all students study mathematics, physical science and English.
- Have an extended school day (8:15am to 5:15pm) and also provide Saturday classes and holiday programmes.
- Encourage self-awareness, confidence and personal development.
- Engage students in community work and activities that affirm cultural identity.
- Have smaller classes and schools to support accountability and help build relationships.
LEAP currently has six independent high schools:
Western Cape: LEAP 1, established in 2004, serves the community of Langa. LEAP 2, set-up in 2007, serves the communities of Gugulethu and Crossroads.
Gauteng: LEAP 3, established in 2008, serves the community of Alexandra. LEAP 4, initiated in 2011, serves the community of Diepsloot. LEAP 6 serves the community of Ga-Rankuwa and was started in 2012.
Limpopo: LEAP 5 is based in the semi-rural community of Jane Furse and was established in 2012.