Summer Scholars Program (SSP)

LEAP Summer Scholars Program [SSP] - June 2-27 2014

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The LEAP Summer Scholars Program (SSP) is a competitive and intensive four-week non-residential honors program for students who are entering the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades in the fall. Students must currently be in the eighth, ninth, tenth, or eleventh grade and have a minimum 2.30 grade point average. The program is designed to improve the analytical reasoning and vocabulary skills of the students who are considering careers in engineering, mathematics and the sciences. Students must attend all classes in order to participate and are subject to dismissal if absent for more than three days.


Student applicants must be enrolled in eighth, ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades this school year.

 Admission Requirements:

Complete and submit the following:

  • Xavier’s Online Summer Program Application (Click Here)
  • LEAP SSP Supplemental Data Sheet (Download Data Sheet Now)
  • Transcript and/or Copy of recent report card (Report card must show at least two grading periods).
  • Counselor Recommendation Form (Download)
  • Summer Program Health Form (Download)

 Additional Information:

  • Application Deadline: April 15, 2014
  • Program fee: There is a non-refundable program fee required for students selected to participate in the program.  The fee is: $400.00 for students with GPA of 2.3 or less; $150.00 for students with GPA between 2.3 and 2.7; and $100 for students with GPA of 2.7 or greater. However, scholarships are available based on merits and financial need. The fee is due by Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Orientation Session.
  • Program Dates:  SSP will begin with a special orientation for accepted students and parents.  Orientation for all participants will be Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Xavier University of Louisiana.  The program will end with a brief closing ceremony on Friday, June 27, 2014. 

 Program Details

  • Daily Class Schedule:  Classes begin at 7:45 a.m. and continue until 3:55 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Lunch will be provided.  There will be a maximum daily spending allowance for lunch.  Breakfast is not included.  In addition, students will have one to two hours of homework each day.
  • Topics Covered:
    • 9th Grade Session:  Algebra I, Physical Science, English, Introduction to Engineering, Multimedia.
    • 10th Grade Session:  Geometry, Biology, English, Introduction to Civil Engineering, Internet Technology.
    • 11th Grade Session:  Algebra II/Trigonometry, Chemistry, English, Introduction to Engineering, Internet Technology, ACT/College Prep Seminars.
    • 12th Grade Session:  Algebra II/Trigonometry, Chemistry, English, Introduction to Engineering, Internet Technology, AP Classes, College 101.


  • Accommodations will be made for students already advanced in math at all three levels.  The curriculum is subject to change prior to the start of the program.
  • Dress Code and Behavioral Code:  See Rules and Expectations for Summer Scholars Program.
  • Materials:  All summer program participants will be furnished with a book bag, T-shirt and all necessary academic materials.  Students may bring their own calculator.
  • Extracurricular Activities:  The LEAP SSP is NOT all hard work.  There will also be competitions, guest speakers, field trips, etc.


LEAP/UNITE Summer Scholars Program
Engineering Programs Office
Xavier University of Louisiana
Box 95
1 Drexel Dr
New Orleans, LA 70125
Fax materials to (504) 520-7992

If you have questions, please contact us via telephone 504-520-7646 or e-mail leap@xula.edu


What is LEAP?
The Louisiana Engineering Advancement Program is a non-profit, tax-exempt [(IRS Code 501C(3)] organization incorporated in the state of Louisiana.  The primary purpose for the existence of LEAP is to foster an interest in engineering and engineering related careers on the part of minority high school students.  To support this end, LEAP is financed by contributions from the private sector, government agencies, foundations, and professional organizations.  LEAP is affiliated with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME, Inc.), the National Association of Pre-College Directors for Minorities in Engineering (NAPD-ME), the Minorities and Mathematics Network, and the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators (NAMEPA).

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