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Our School

Girls Leadership Academy Of Wilmington provides a unique single-gender public charter school environment for 6th – 12th graders in which rigorous, college preparatory education and college graduation are supported. The school culture challenges students to live a balanced life that develops confidence and compassion, critical thinking and personal responsibility.

Our vision is a community engaged in encouraging and supporting young women to embrace the highest levels of personal and academic achievement and to take responsibility for their own lives.

Girls Leadership Academy Of Wilmington (GLOW)

Girls Leadership Academy Of Wilmington (GLOW) will prepare its students for successful college admission, college graduation and citizenship through life. This 6th thru 12th grade, single-gender school is designed for first generation college students. Its “whole girl” focus will offer a learning environment that nurtures the emotional, physical and academic facets of each student, developing a strong and supportive culture among its faculty, students, their families and the broader community.

An affiliate of the Young Women’s Leadership Network, a group of groundbreaking and successful single-gender schools founded in New York in 1996, GLOW is guided by a proven educational model.   Here, young women are empowered to dream big and then given the structure and support to make their dreams come true. Our focus on academic rigor, personal responsibility and college preparedness requires our students to deliver their very best, in the classroom and out. The result is a school that works hard to close the opportunity and achievement gap among families with fewer available resources.

High Standards Yield High Rate of Success

GLOW opened for the 2016/17 school year with 100 sixth-grade students. Each successive year, a new class will be added, with the school reaching full enrollment and its first high school graduating class in 2023. The curriculum will be STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. A rigorous college preparatory and admissions program is intrinsic to the Leadership Academy model, along with a focus on healthy life skills, civic responsibility and leadership. At GLOW, we are developing a campus and curriculum that will prepare our students for today’s colleges and careers. It’s a 21st Century model with teaching methodologies and curriculum delivery that reflect the creative-thinking, group dynamic, problem-solving and multi-faceted nature of our society. The result is a learning environment that won’t just keep pace, but will set new benchmarks for North Carolina’s public school achievements.

With Distractions Minimized, Confidence Soars

There is abundant research showing the impact on learning in a single-gender environment. From the obvious: less focus on appearance, dating and sexuality, to the surprising: girls report higher confidence in their science, computer and math skills when boys aren’t in the classroom.

And, the impact is measurable: disadvantaged students in single-sex schools, compared to their counterparts in coeducational schools, have higher achievement outcomes on standardized tests in mathematics, reading, science, and civics. They show higher levels of leadership behavior, do more homework, and take a stronger course load. And they have more favorable attitudes towards school, and less sex-role stereotyping.

Most importantly is the opportunity to integrate strong role models and create an atmosphere that emphasizes girl-power, leadership and self-confidence.

Foundational Funding

GLOW is supported by a non-profit foundation which raises funds to support the enrichment programming essential to student and school success. College counselors, professional development for faculty, exploratory travel, coordination of internships for students and the periodic “Cool Women, Hot Jobs” speakers events are among the activities supported by the foundation.

Importantly, GLOW will also provide transportation and in-school meals for students, assuring equal access to the students we seek to serve.


At the core of GLOW:


The faculty and staff at GLOW are committed to every student’s success. We will help students set and achieve high personal and academic goals, while also emphasizing strong decision making skills. A STEAM Curriculum (science, technology, engineering, art and math) with hands-on learning is a focus that will be integrated throughout all learning experiences. Creativity and self-expression when partnered with innovative thinking, critical thinking and problem-solving can lead to powerful, transformative learning in science, technology, engineering and math.


Students at GLOW are actively involved in service to others. Students work in partnership with community organizations to solve real-world problems, putting leadership into action. Our leadership development program encourages girls to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in practical solutions that help shape their own communities.


GLOW focuses on the development of the “whole girl” by promoting healthy emotional, social and physical growth. Our Advisory Program provides every student with an adult mentor who offers daily individual and group support to students. A comprehensive health and wellness program that promotes balance between mind and body through physical education, athletics and the arts.


For the majority of students at GLOW, the obstacles to a college education are real.  Many of our students will be the first in their families to attend college; the first to realize the greatest achievement of all – college graduation.  We are committed to getting student to and through college. At GLOW a dedicated, school-based College Pathways counselor will work with each student and her family to build college awareness, visit college campuses, provide one-on-one application help, secure financial aid, and help with enrollment. We will help her realize this dream.


Katherine McKenzie – Chair


Judy Girard – Vice Chair


Kim Nelson – Secretary


Joanne Rockness – Treasurer


Donyell Roseboro


Sean Bynum