LEAP Learning Enhancement for Academic Progress

  • LEAP Fast Facts 2014
  • LEAP 1st Letter (May 7, 2014)
  • LEAP 2nd Letter (June 3, 2014)
  • 2014 Student Health History Form
  • 2014 Immunization Form
  • LEAP 2014 Student Resources (Information about Saint Leo University identification cards and parking decals)
  • LEAP Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement (June 3, 2014)
  • LEAP Final Expectations (June 3, 2014)

LEAP students DO NOT need to take placement tests prior to their arrival on campus. Math placement exams will be done during the LEAP program.

LEAP students will receive academic advising and be registered for the fall 2014 semester during the final week of the LEAP program. Fall registration is based on successful completion of the LEAP program.

LEAP students requiring accommodations during the LEAP program can contact Ms. Christine Georgallis at Christine.georgallis@saintleo.edu or 352-588-8464.

Saint Leo University wants to see every new student succeed. Each year, a small number of carefully selected students enroll in the Learning Enhancement for Academic Progress (LEAP) progam. LEAP is designed to provide the academic support, structure and guidance to afford these students a leap ahead as they begin their college careers. Upon successful completion of the LEAP program courses, participants generally enter their fall semester ahead of most of their peers.

The LEAP program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Prepare for the academic challenges of Saint Leo University
  • Improve reading, writing and critical thinking skills prior to the fall semester
  • Improve time management and study skills
  • Develop significant relationships with other students, faculty and professional staff
  • Become familiar with the university and with the resources for success available at SLU

The LEAP program is an intensive four-week curriculum taken in the summer prior to the commencement of the fall semester. For 2014, the LEAP program dates will be July 14 - August 8. Students are required to live on campus during the program; there are no exceptions. Students are provided weekend activities designed to enrich the learning process.

LEAP students will take the following classes, which satisfy nine credits of university education requirements:

ENG 121: Academic Writing I (3 credits)
This course will focus on enhancing grammar and mechanics, the techniques of effective writing, logical thinking, and intelligent reading, with special emphasis on expository writing. To ensure competence in oral communications, a speech component is included.

SLU 100: Introduction to the University Experience (3 credits)
This course will focus on promoting the holistic success of our first-year students, with emphasis on positive change. The course is designed as a foundational learning environment to enable first-year students to commit themselves to inquiry and productive student learning by developing creative and critical thinking strategies, exploring complex and diverse issues of social justice locally and in a global society, fostering writing skills across the curriculum, and acquiring group dynamic, teamwork, and oral communication skills. In addition, students will learn to identify university resources available to them as well as the habits and skills necessary to make a successful transition from a high school to a university academic and social environment. The course will also enhance the students’ knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of our Benedictine values and service to the community.

SLU 200: Academic Excellence Learning Lab (3 credits)
This three-credit course is a step in your growth and learning as a student. As you embark on this new stage of your academic and personal life, you will begin to realize and understand the role you play as an active learner. The course provides a framework of effective strategies to help you succeed in and out of the classroom. We will be assisting in your transition from high school to university. Using a collaborative learning format, we will explore many topics fundamental to being an effective learner, as well as being successful in university life. This course provides a support group for you by examining problems and issues common to your freshman experience in a supportive atmosphere somewhat less formal than that of traditional courses. Throughout this summer session, you will have the opportunity to connect with your fellow students, Peer Educators, the University, and the local community. Wednesday Workshops are an integral component of this course and will feature guest speakers along with seminars devoted to the following topics:

  • Time management
  • Self-motivation
  • Personal responsibility
  • Leadership
  • Saint Leo core values

Attendance in these three courses, the Wednesday workshop sessions, field trips, and community service is mandatory.

LEAP students are monitored during the first year for academic progress using the Success Alert System, which sends notices to students, the student’s advisor and instructors throughout the semester so that early interventions may be initiated if needed. Students having difficulty in classes are required to meet with their advisor, attend study sessions and perhaps use the services of the Learning Resource Center.

Students who successfully complete fall semester with a grade point average of at least a 2.0 are exempt from mandatory learning labs until mid-term grades are known. At that point, any LEAP student earning less than a 2.0 GPA will be required to attend weekly learning labs and may register for a second semester only with the approval of the director of the LEAP program.

Program Costs
The LEAP program cost for 2014 is $2,825 which covers the following for the summer LEAP program:

  • Tuition for nine (9) academic credits toward university educational requirements
  • Residence hall room
  • Dining services
  • One-on one Peer Educator services
  • Leadership skill training
  • Social activities, including trips to local attractions, tied to academic course work

PLEASE NOTE: Textbooks and school supplies (notebooks, flash-drives, etc.) are not included in the program tuition costs. The cost for these items is estimated at approximately $500. Additionally, any personal expenses are also not covered. Costs listed are estimates and are subject to change.

For more information please contact:

Ms. Heather DeRonde
Administrator for Student Academic Progress
Academic Advising
Office of Academic Affairs
(352) 588-8497
Email: heather.deronde@saintleo.edu