Academics

GALS Series 101-401

101– I Know Who I Am

Fresh(wo)men focus on “being the girl/person they have always wanted to be.” Teenagers transitioning into high school need safe spaces to explore who they are and how their voice “shows up” in the world. We recognize that each of our students is a unique individual bringing value to our community. It is our hope to support our students find alignment between what they value as an individual and how they move through the world each day in line with their values.

201 – I Know that I Matter

Sophomores focus on building self-confidence through the lens of agency and self-efficacy. We work with students to develop a sense that they have the skills and permission to change the world – through advocating for their passions, their values, and their basic needs in a relationship.

301 – I Know What Matters to Me

Juniors focus on post-secondary preparation by exploring their personal interests and passions and aligning this to potential career and post-secondary educational options. Students also participate in GALS Intensives twice a year which is an opportunity to study a topic in depth for several days. Current intensives include:

  • Can Do – A course in building functioning knowledge of how to use resources available to solve common problems such changing a car tire, using a power tool to strengthen something, and to stitch a hole in clothing quickly.
  • EveX – The GALS TedX Academy – From the “I have a dream” speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, many great talks have a common structure that helps their message resonate with listeners. This course focuses on building skills to make a powerful “call to action”.
  • Women and Civics, Leadership, Law and Policy – A course in expressing knowledge of civic education and policy, in analyzing key political issues, in creating tangible solutions to address issues important to students.

401 – I Can Make a Positive Difference in My Own Unique Way

Seniors will complete a Capstone project pulling together all of the skills they’ve learned over time at GALS and applying these skills to address a topic of personal interest or that is a specific passion. Capstones include research, field hours, panel presentations, feedback cycles, a paper related to the topic/project, and reflections of learning.

Each GALS Series course develops skills that students can practice in all aspects of their lives – students will learn how to navigate conflict, find their own clarity about something and express themselves in a meaningful way, and make a determination that they matter and therefore, what matters to them is paramount. The GALS Series is the practical coursework that embodies the philosophical framework of the Girls Athletic Leadership Schools.