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c/o St Francis Children’s Home
122 Thornton Rd (cnr Thornton & Tennant St) Crawford - Cape Town, 7760

Contact Info
Email: info@leapschool.org.za
Tel: +27 (0) 21 531-9715

Empowering Communities and Changing Lives: The Inspiring Tale of LEAP Schools

In the rich mosaic of South Africa, where inequality remains a stark reality, education emerges as a potent catalyst for change. Amidst this backdrop, LEAP Science and Maths Schools shine as beacons of hope, dedicated to transforming the lives of underserved communities through quality education.

LEAP, which stands for Learning, Empowerment, Achievement, and Progress, is more than just a name; it’s a mission. South Africa’s socio-economic disparities are among the most pronounced in the world, with a significant portion of its population living below the poverty line. These conditions often lead to hopelessness and, regrettably, contribute to crime.

LEAP Schools refuse to accept these communities as lost causes due to their economic circumstances. They firmly believe in the universal right to quality education and the opportunities it provides. The driving force behind LEAP is the conviction that true humanity lies in ensuring that everyone, regardless of their circumstances, can access the same rights and opportunities.

LEAP’s unique approach centres around self-liberating high school education tailored for students living in marginalised communities. They understand that the prevailing educational options often fall short, trapping students in self-limiting beliefs and a cycle of academic underachievement. LEAP’s transformative learning journey empowers students to take charge of their lives, equipping them with not only academic skills but also emotional intelligence and life skills.

Over more than a decade, LEAP has worked tirelessly, developing a network of independent, low-fee schools across South Africa. The results are astonishing, with 95% of LEAP students passing matric, and a remarkable 79% of them pursuing higher education or holding degrees and diplomas.

However, LEAP’s impact extends far beyond its schools. The LEAP Movement, as it’s often referred to, promotes equal access to quality education throughout South Africa. This movement fosters collaboration with various partners, including the South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition and international school partners like KIPP, High Tech High, Hinsdale, and Millfield. Through these partnerships, LEAP works to effect broader systemic change in education.

Advocacy is another crucial facet of the LEAP Movement, with the aim of influencing policies to provide more students from low-income communities with access to high-quality education. LEAP collaborates with organisations like Bridge and the South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition, advocating for equitable education opportunities.

In a world where education is a bridge to a brighter future, LEAP Schools are building and reinforcing that bridge for countless students in South Africa. Through their unwavering dedication, innovative approaches, and collaborative spirit, LEAP is paving the way for brighter, more equitable futures, one student at a time.