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202.582.5327 Benning Campus • 4801 Benning Road SE • Washington, DC 20019

Grounded in the values of pride, curiosity, joy, kindness, and love; KIPPsters at LEAP Academy are provided the foundational academic skills and mindsets that are necessary for success in rigorous and joyful elementary schools. Upon completion of PreK4, LEAP students move onto KIPP DC Promise Academy.

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"At LEAP Academy, our team of passionate and dedicated teachers partner with families to ensure that each of our students’ needs is met. We recognize that each child possesses unique qualities, and we take pride in our ability to provide individualized support."

Shantel Sappleton, Principal, KIPP DC LEAP Academy

"It’s also a pleasure to hear parents say their student came home and talked about what we did in class. Having teachable moments and expanding students’ thinking is my favorite part of teaching."

Sheneka Quinitchette, Teacher, KIPP DC LEAP Academy


At LEAP Academy, we work hard to live these five values:


LEAP Academy uses the Tools of the Mind curriculum to develop executive function, promote social-emotional learning, and grow early literacy and math skills.

Teachers and families partner to ensure each student’s individual needs are met—setting a strong foundation for their educational journey.

Play-based learning allows students to express themselves, explore new concepts, and work together with their classmates.


LEAP Academy hosts a number of events to engage families and the community. Past events have included: school dances, book fairs, Paint Night, Saturday School, STEAM Fair, and movie night.

We partner with the YMCA for before and aftercare.

Awards & Recognition

2019: LEAP Academy is ranked a Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board.

2017: LEAP Academy is ranked a Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board.

New report from LEAP Academy find that KIPP DC PreK program has big impact on student achievement.