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LEAP Family Access

Learning and Exploring at Play (LEAP) is an exciting learning opportunity for kindergarten through fourth grade Rochester City School District students. The children work with University of Rochester tutors to develop their literacy, math, science, and social skills in an active, creative, flexible, and open learning environment.

In this program your child will be partnered with one University of Rochester undergraduate student who will serve as their tutor throughout the whole year. Your child will develop a close, positive mentor relationship with their tutor. Individual mentoring also allows tutors to discover your child’s unique interests and abilities, and cater sessions to your child’s learning goals. Tutors will be in touch with your family each week with program reminders and updates on your child.

Each team of tutors is supervised by a Team Leader. If you have questions or concerns about the program or your child, you can speak with the Team Leader or the LEAP Coordinator.


Who: Kindergarten to 4th grade students in Rochester city schools

When: Saturday mornings, 9:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

Where: LeChase Hall, University of Rochester

How Often: Every Saturday during the school year from October 20th, 2018 - April 27th, 2019. (Please see the LEAP calendar for holidays/breaks.)

Transportation: There are two transportation options for getting to and from LEAP sessions:

  1. You can drop your child off at School #33 by 9:15 a.m. on Saturday morning and pick them up at School #33 at 12:45 p.m. A bus will take students from School #33 to University of Rochester and bring them back to School #33 after LEAP. You must pick up your child by 1 p.m. from School #33. 
  2. You can drop your child off directly at LeChase Hall on the University of Rochester River Campus by 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. You must pick up your child by 12:45 p.m. from LeChase Hall at University of Rochester.

Apply to the Program

Want to enroll your child in the LEAP program? Please contact the LEAP Coordinator listed below by phone or email. Applications are accepted from July to October.


Valeria Prikhodko, LEAP Coordinator
(585) 276-7290

Mary Beth Spinelli, Program Manager 
(585) 275-8172

Here is a list of who to contact depending on your reason.