At GALS LA, we know the impact of physical activity on academics. Beyond the joy, energy, and confidence our students gain from movement, research demonstrates that daily exercise improves memory, attention, and cognition. Sports participation also boosts self-esteem and civic engagement. Movement prepares our students to live long, fulfilled lives.GALS Movement Pedagogy
Our movement pedagogy is based on a growing body of scientific evidence indicating a positive correlation between physical activity, cognition, social-emotional awareness, and neuro-developmental growth. By infusing movement throughout the school day, we emphasize the importance of holistic, kinesthetic, mind-body awareness and its positive effect on social, emotional, and academic success. We engage our bodies in service to our brains.
We back our beliefs by measuring students' performance and growth in movement and holding them accountable for their participation in this mission (self-efficacy surveys, grading rubrics, heart rate monitoring, goal setting, mile time graphs, pacing group evaluation and reflections, and wellness studies in GALS Series.)
GALS LA is committed to preparing a distinct and diverse generation of learned and motivated women for innovative leadership in our developing global society. GALS serves an enormous diversity of students – Those from privilege and most at-risk; those of all learning levels and styles; and those with varying relationships to the world of health and wellness, movement and athletics. What bonds us is sisterhood. GALS ensures that our students fully participate in the leadership force of the future.