Girls Learn LA

submission by Lmcali42
Girls Learn LA

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Girls Academic Leadership Academy

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Through a highly rigorous college preparatory curriculum, the Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA) will provide Los Angeles girls with a clear pathway to college in the fields of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Recognizing the research that shows that an all-girls school has a significant impact on the academic achievement of young women, GALA will provide a rigorous college preparatory education with a STEM based curriculum. Our proposal is for a collaborative work Maker Space, which will provide a more flexible learning environment where the girls can apply their collaborative, academic and technology skills to building projects.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County:

GALA Academy, on the campus of LA High School, Los Angeles, Ca

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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Expand innovative ideas to better the community

How will your proposal improve the following “Learn” metrics? (check all that apply)

Percentage of children enrolled in early education programs

Percentage of community college students completing a certificate, degree, or transfer-related program in six years

Youth unemployment and underemployment

District-wide graduation rates

HS student proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math

Academic Performance Index* scores

College matriculation rates

Student education pipeline (an integrated network of pre-schools, K-12 institutions, and higher education systems that prepares students for seamless transitions between high school, higher education institutions, and the workforce) (Dream Metric)

Suspension and expulsion rates (Dream Metric)

Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools (Dream Metric)

Students perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to learn.


Los Angeles GALA graduates will graduate college-ready in the fields of STEM, taking with them core values of academic excellence, ethical leadership and a sense of self and community. In LAUSD, the female population is under served in math, science, technology and the development of a strong independent voice. GALA will seek to address these issues within a single-sex environment and as the first all-girls public school, will serve as a research and development site for effective urban schools and transfer success practice to the larger LAUSD co-educational context.

Most inner city girls have never used tools to make hand-on projects. A Maker Space at our school will be a collaborative workshop where girls gain practical hands-on experiences with new technologies and innovative processes to design and build projects. A Maker Space can provide a flexible environment where learning is made physical by applying science, technology, math and creativity to solve problems and build things. Who in this group will be the next inventor, problem solver, or technology innovator? Who in this group will figure out answers to solve LA's problems of drought, homelessness, or earthquakes?

GALA will be opening this Fall 2016 with grades 6 and 9, with approximately 100 students per grade level. GALA will add a grade level each year until it reaches 6th-12th (a SPAN school). Starting with the Spring Board, College Board pre-AP curriculum in middle school, students will gain the necessary prerequisite skills to be successful in rigorous AP sequence in high school, enabling students to be selected into highly selective colleges. Through hand-on projects created in the Maker Space, GALA students will gain valuable experiences needed to understand real-life engineering and scientific applications, while applying what they learned to practice. Through their advisories and a designated college counselor, students will begin planning their college pathway in middle school. Teachers will incorporate college awareness and application process through advisories in high school. At the end, you will have a well-rounded Los Angeles high school graduate ready to excel in STEM fields.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Our qualitative evaluation will be in the projects the girls will design, the competitions they enter, and the learning that will take place in the collaborative maker space. The quantitative evaluation will come through the increased amount of girls graduating and attending colleges, and majoring in STEM careers like engineering, mathematics and science.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Congratulations from Team Cell-Ed on winning a challenge grant! We wish you the best of luck to reach more girls with STEM!

by Cell-ED
4 months ago

Girls in STEM - yes, please!!!

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