Board Gives the Go-Ahead to Build All-Girls STEM School

 LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted unanimously today to spend about $230,000 to convert a traditional classroom building into an all girls STEM academy on the campus of Los Angeles High School.

The Girls Academic Leadership Academy is scheduled to open in fall 2016 in the Los Angeles Unified School District, with space for 475 students. It will provide a rigorous curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and math that will help provide students with a clear pathway to college.

At the same time, the single-gender admissions policy is designed to reduce the achievement and participation gap between boys and girls in STEM classes. The school will open with grades six and nine, and will grow one grade level each year, with its first students graduating in 2020.

“I am pleased to support the expansion of STEM-focused learning environments for girls in District 1,” said Dr. George J. McKenna III, the school board member who represents the mid-Wilshire area.

“The need has never been greater. Media reports constantly bemoan the lack of females in tech-related sectors of our economy,” he said. “Graduates of GALA will be fully prepared to enter the higher education discipline of their choice and help to expand the diversity of those represented in STEM- and other technology-related careers.”