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What To Expect

Our students learn in a caring environment where they become fluent in two languages, build strong character, and prepare to live full lives.

Learning in Spanish and English

At LEEP Dual Language Academies, every student will become biliterate and bilingual, in Spanish and English, by fifth grade.

Each class uses methods from the latest research and the experience of the nation's top dual language schools. Learn about our "Dual Dozen" best practices.

Students are immersed in the Spanish language for up to 90% of the school day in kindergarten, balancing out to 50% Spanish and 50% English by grade 4. The technical name for this approach is "two-way 90:10 immersion."

Did you know? Learning two languages has powerful brain benefits.

Knowledge That Empowers

With the Core Knowledge™ curriculum, students learn to love language, build understanding, and debate timeless ideas... even before they can read. Read about how young students can learn to think deeply.

Our lessons help all students see their unique stories in the American story, and in turn trace American ideas to their diverse authors and influences--including the cuentos, legends, and songs of Latin American cultures.

Did you know? Great readers need a broad base of factual knowledge.

A Pedagogy of Cariño

Our students will experience a "pedagogy of cariño" in which they are personally known, supported, and challenged by caring adults.

Each student will also practice essential relationship skills and character virtues, growing into una persona completa.

Did you know? Dovetail Learning's Toolbox™ (in Spanish and English) helps students develop empathy, courage, respeto, and other habits of the heart.



Frequently Asked Questions


What kind of school is this?

LEEP Dual Language Academy is a public charter school authorized by the New York State Board of Regents. That means we receive public funding and are subject to public regulations, but our school is not operated by the New York City Department of Education. We are governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of community leaders.

Which grades do you serve?

We’re opening with Kindergarten and First Grade. The school will grow to serve K-5. A later expansion to middle school is possible but not guaranteed. We have openings for 153 students.

What is the daily schedule?

We have a longer daily schedule than many schools. Our school hours are 7:50am-4pm daily, with early dismissal at 2:15pm on Wednesdays.

Does the school charge tuition?

No. As a public charter school we are 100% tuition-free.

Where will the school be located?

The school will be in a privately owned building the Sunset Park neighborhood, in Brooklyn’s Community School District 15. We will announce further details about the facility in the next few weeks.

Who can apply? How does the school admit students?

Any family with a child entering kindergarten or first grade may apply. Admission is by random lottery, with preferences for students who reside in Community School District 15 and certain other groups. There is no test or interview involved in the admissions process, in any way. Applications are due by April 1 to participate in the admissions lottery.

Students with disabilities are welcome to apply. Our admission process, like our school, also does not ask or consider immigration status. To apply or learn more about the lottery process, visit our Enrollment page.

Does the admission process include a language proficiency test?

No. Enrollment is open to all children, regardless of language background

How does “dual language” education work?

Our students spend much their school day immersed in the Spanish language—for up to 90% of the school day in kindergarten, then gradually balancing out to 50% of the day in fourth and fifth grade. This means they study Spanish as a subject and study other subjects in Spanish. Research shows that this approach helps students of all backgrounds learn to excel in both languages, and unlocks a wide range of academic and career opportunities.

My child doesn’t speak any Spanish. Won’t (s)he fall behind in school?

Not at all. Your child will be immersed in Spanish, with teachers who are experienced, caring, and well trained in language acquisition and education.

My child doesn’t speak much English. Will s(he) fall behind in English?

Not at all. Every student has English Language Arts class, every day, and learning in two languages has been shown to help students develop better skills in English.

I don’t speak Spanish. How will I communicate with the school?

Not to worry. Our teaching staff is fluent in English and Spanish, and we provide translated communications in other languages as needed.

I don’t speak Spanish. How will I help my child with homework?

Again, not to worry. Make sure to talk with your child about academic concepts and read to your child in the language you speak. Ideas and reading skills both transfer from one language to another! Your child’s teacher will provide other suggestions and translations as needed.

What is the class size?

Our classes have 24 students or fewer. Students with special needs are assigned to classes that match their Individualized Educational Program (IEP). We are proud to offer smaller classes, to help alleviate school overcrowding in Sunset Park.

Will the school have Art class? Music class? Gym class? Recess?

Yes, to all of the above. We LOVE reading and math, but that’s not all our students will do. Our school is designed to educate the whole child.

I have heard that charter schools have strict discipline. What kind of school culture can I expect?

You can be sure that you won't have to choose between a school that is safe and orderly, or a school where students can express themselves and feel a strong sense of community. At LEEP Academy,  we are both. We use the Responsive Classroom method to make sure all children can be part of a positive learning culture.

Will students wear uniforms?

Yes. To help build a united school culture (and keep things simple for families), all children will wear affordable LEEP Academy uniforms with our insignia. If the cost of uniforms is a problem for your family, just talk to us. We can help.

Will students have homework?

Yes. When homework is carefully designed and age-appropriate, it can help students review their learning and build habits that will help them over a lifetime. We do not use homework to introduce new concepts or assign homework that requires a parent to do more than supervise.

Is this a for-profit school?

No, as a charter school in New York we are a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization.  

Who is in charge of this school?

We are governed by a local board of community leaders. You can learn about our Board of Trustees and Leadership Team.

What does LEEP stand for?

Our school was originally designed by another nonprofit organization, Latino Educational Equity Partnerships (LEEP). The LEEP name and school design are used with permission, but the school is not managed by Latino Educational Equity Partnerships.

“Two-way 90:10 programs [help students] reach the highest levels of achievement in the shortest amount of time.”

— Researchers Virginia Collier and Wayne Thomas

L'Acordeonista by Kathy Sosa. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

“When you have to choose between two paths, ask yourself which of them has heart. Who chooses the path of the heart is never wrong.”

— Popol Vuh

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