Learning Excellence Academics Program

Learning Excellence Academics Program

Program dates:
July 9 - August 9, 2018

Application available:
September 15, 2017 - April 15, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Learning Excellence Academics Program (LEAP) is offered to students with low vision or blindness affiliated with the VA Department for the Blind and Vision-Impaired, or students who live in the Capital Region of VA (Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and Richmond City) who are affiliated with the Capital Area Health Education Center. Eligibility for LEAP is limited to rising 11th and 12th grade high school students and as well as high school graduates affiliated with these organizations.

LEAP is a collaboration between the VCU Division for Health Sciences Diversity, VCU Division for Academic Success,  The VA Department for the Blind and Vision-Impaired, and the Capital Area Health Education Center (CapAHEC).

Program Description

LEAP is a five-week college preparatory pipeline program for students to explore STEM-H majors and careers. It is also designed to help students better understand the needs during the transition to college from high school, specifically the increased personal responsibility, level of expectation, and independent time management. LEAP students will participate in college level writing, math and science courses taught by VCU professors, and will spend time each week in the lab through our VCU Clinical Lab Sciences department.  

The five-week, residential program provides:

  • An opportunity for students to assess their college-readiness skills, enhance awareness of the academic and demands of college, and evaluate ability to manage time and priorities
  • Classes taught on the VCU campus by college professors and/or graduate students
  • Classes graded according to collegiate standards (not reflected on transcript)

Students are required to participate in the full five-week program. A minimum of six accepted applicants is required for the program to take place.

Program Contact Information

Debbie Roberts at (804) 827-2929 or dlroberts@vcu.edu.

Virginia Commonwealth University
Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
Division for Health Sciences Diversity
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