Letter From the Director 

Dear MS 51 Student and Families,

As you embark on your journey through middle school I am writing to inform you about a free after-school enrichment program at MS 51. The Learning Through Extended Arts Program (LeAp), The Department of Youth and Community Development and MS 51 have partnered to provide after-school programming from 3-6pm, Monday-Friday for the 2017-2018 school year.

The program is designed to enrich your child’s middle school experience, adjust to middle school life, and promote a passion for life-long learning in a safe and structured environment at MS 51 by providing the following:

  • Structured Enrichment Classes: Literacy, leadership and/or STEAM course designed to promote creativity, community and build self-esteem. The course offerings are not yet finalized for 2016-2017. See our current LeAp Schedule for an idea of how the program is structured.
  • Structured Homework Time: This is a valuable time for students to complete homework, get academic and organizational support from MS 51 teachers and LeAp tutors.
  • Special family events, performances, trips, and fun weekly themes!

How do I sign up?

  1. If you are interested in participating in the program each family must fill out a Department of Youth and Community Development application. This includes returning students as well. (pages 1-8).
  2. On September 7th and 8th and 11th Leap will be holding mandatory family orientations from 5:00pm-6:00pm. Families interested in the program must attend one of these sessions to hand in their application, and choose classes. Students and families who attend the orientation and hand in a completed application will be given first choice priority in course selection and guaranteed spot in the program.
  3. For the most current updates please check the MS 51 website and the If you lose your application you can also download it from the website.
  4. Returning students must re-apply and attend an orientation with a parent/guardian.

I look forward to meeting you and if you have any questions I can be contacted at email [email protected].


Jeneen Garcia
Program Director, MS 51 Leap Program