In Practice

Bring GALS to your community

The GALS Inc. curriculum and pedagogy aims to help young women becoming lifelong learners and engaged citizens through self-expression and mind-body development. GALS Inc. works off of and pushes the edge on diverse, research-based practices in active learning. GALS teachers focus on the seamless integration of academics and physical mastery in a healthy, competitive environment, optimizing students’ learning potential and boosting girls’ overall health and self-esteem.

GALS Inc. develops extraordinary lives! GALS is committed to preparing a generation of young women to become well-educated and motivated leaders who will contribute instrumentally to society, locally and globally. GALS’ girls are diverse. They represent all facets of the community from the most privileged to the most challenged. What bonds them is sisterhood.

The anchor of GALS Inc. is a middle school in the historic Del Pueblo building in Denver, Colorado. It serves approximately 360 families in grades 6-8, and the GALS Denver High School serves over 150 families in grades 9 through 12. Our newest school, GALS Los Angeles, opened in the fall of 2016 in Arleta and serves over 220 families in grades 6 and 7.

Our next two sites are on track to open in 2020.

Student Voices

“GALS has definitely influenced who I am today! After leaving GALS and starting school in a coed environment, I was able to recognize the benefit of single gender classrooms. My bias, of course, is evident in my choice in college.”

Shayla Bezjak

GALedictorian Class of 2011 at GALS Denver Middle School, Attending Smith College

“There is definitely a palpable level of joy that I experience as a teacher at GALS. Part of that joy stems from the fact that our girls are free from the constraints of gender stereotypes, able to think, speak, and act in a way that wouldn’t be as easy for them if boys were in the classroom. Because of this, I am able to witness students who are confident, who advocate for themselves, and who see themselves as valued and loved members of our community.”

Nick Jackson

Sixth Grade Language Arts teacher, GALS Denver Middle School

“At GALS, students develop physical, cognitive, social, and emotional habits that set them up for lifelong health and well-being, as well as academic success in the near term. My GALS students are my role models. I have watched with delight as each of them has been uniquely transformed by their experience at this remarkable school. I am overcome with gratitude for GALS.”

Margit Cox Henderson Ph.D.

Psychologist, Author, Speaker, Resiliency Resources ®, GALS Denver Founding Parent

“GALS is focused on developing leaders at all levels and builds a community that fosters the creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration skills that these young leaders will need for the future. Through the intentional design of experiences that support each student in discovering their own strengths, talents, and passion, GALS is succeeding with all students who walk through their doors.”

Jane Shirley

VP of Leadership Initiatives, Catapult Leadership