The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously April 14 to establish the Girls Academic Leadership Academy, Los Angeles, an all-girls science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) school on the campus of Los Angeles High School.
“It is clear that within our district, our female student population is underserved in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines said. “Not only will this new school help our students discover their potential, think critically and develop important intellectual skills, it will also prepare them for college and beyond.”
The school’s mission is predicated on research that shows that an all-girls school focusing on STEM has a significant impact on the academic achievement of young women. Particularly, in the district, data demonstrates that there is an achievement and participation gap between male and female students in STEM areas.
The school’s highly rigorous college preparatory curriculum will provide girls with a clear pathway to college in the STEM field with the expectation that female students will graduate with a strong, confident and independent voice, with collaborative and compassionate leadership skills, and with a sense of self and community, said district officials.
The school will start with grades six and nine with 100 students at each level in the 2016-17 school year, and grow one grade per year until the full compliment of grades is covered by its first graduating class in 2020. The school will be funded by bond and general funds.
Girls must apply to enroll and answer a series of questions to help inform administrators about why they want to the attend the schools and what their future aspirations are.
Interested individuals should watch the District’s website for updates, www.lausd.net.