Our curriculum and pedagogy build on the inherent capacity of students to become engaged as lifelong learners through self-expression grounded in mind/body development.
Modern brain research supports the intrinsic connection between the brain and the body. Accordingly, The Girls Athletic Leadership Schools (GALS) uniquely focus on the seamless integration of academics and physical mastery in a healthy, competitive environment, allowing the emphasis of knowledge arrived at through the body to develop into lessons of Power, Flexibility, Focus, and Balance.
The role of movement serves two primary purposes in our schools: To optimize learning potential, and to boost students’ overall physical health and wellness through positive self-image and strong self-esteem. GALS’ integrated and balanced instructional approach provides a standards-based curriculum that is both skills-based and hands-on, in order to ensure each and every student meets our high expectations for success, well beyond achieving proficiency on state standards.
While there is a strong tradition and a growing number of single gender schools in the United States, GALS is the only school in the nation that predicates its environment on academic excellence and deep personal growth through the distinct lens of health and wellness. All girls are athletes; at GALS, we believe that if you have a body, you are an athlete, and we believe athletes understand what works in service to their overall health and wellness.
What does this look like at GALS? Every morning, girls are exercising to wake up their bodies and their brains prior to attending core content courses, and staff works with the girls to understand that moving and engaging the body will lead to a brain primed to learn. Students start their days with a variety of different workouts, including yoga, running, strength training, self-defense, team games, hip hop dance, Zumba, and more.
To maximize the benefits of Morning Movement, the bell schedule operates in a rotation — meaning, a GALS student goes to a different class each day after Movement. That way, students reap the brain benefits of Morning Movement in each of their classes on a different day of the week! Check out our bell schedule for more details.
The culture of GALS LA supports students fully in their lives and extends far beyond the hours of a traditional school day. Tutoring is offered every day after-school, as well as a variety of after school clubs and sports.
Sample 6th Grader Schedule
7:00a-8:00a Morning Computer Lab (optional)
8:00a-8:30a Breakfast (optional)
9:25a-10:217 Period 1 - Section A: Math
10:22a-11:14a Period 2 - Section B: GALS 101
11:19a-12:11p Period 3 - Section C: English Language Arts
12:16p-1:01p Seminar: Art
1:41p-2:33p Period 4 - Section D: Science
2:38p-3:30p Period 5 - Section E: History
3:30p-6:30p After-School Program, Club, or Sport (optional)