Learning in Extended Academic Programs (LEAP)

Important Update May 2021


All Maryland youth will become positive, productive citizens engaged in their community.

Program Purpose

The purpose of the LEAP initiative is to provide grants to eligible schools to:

  • provide extended academic programming that has a positive measurable impact on students; or

  • enriches the academic performance and overall well-being of students who are at risk of falling behind academic requirements.

The LEAP competition is open to:

  • Maryland Public schools in which at least 80% of the students qualify for the free and reduced price meals program.

Eligible schools may:

  • coordinate and partner with other eligible county schools to jointly apply; or
  • partner with a non-profit organization.

County boards may apply on behalf of one or more eligible schools in the county.

An eligible school may apply for a grant only if the county superintendent endorses the school’s grant application.

Contact Information

Reginald Burke, M.S.
Director, Youth Development Branch

Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
410-767-0313 office 
410-333-0880 fax

Learning in Extended Academic Programs (LEAP)

Eligible Entities

Following are the local school systems which have a school or schools in which at least 80 percent of public school students qualify for the free and reduced price meals program.

  • Allegany County
  • Anne Arundel
  • Baltimore City
  • Baltimore County
  • Cecil County
  • Dorchester County
  • Frederick County
  • Harford County
  • Kent County
  • Montgomery County
  • Prince George’s County
  • Somerset County
  • St. Mary's County
  • Washington County
  • Wicomico County

List of Eligible SchoolsPDF document List of Eligible Schools
Revised April 2021