All girls charter welcomes first class


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The first day of school is a special day for any kid, but for a hundred local girls, it’s an extra special day.

Today the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW) welcomed students for the first time. It’s not just the Cape Fear’s newest school. It’s also North Carolina’s first charter school educating only children of a single gender.

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Today, the school welcomed its first class: 100 sixth graders. Next year the girls will move up in the school, and GLOW will welcome another round of students until it’s full of 6th through 12th graders.

The goal is to give them the tools it takes to  become successful adults.

“I just want these girls to have a choice in life,” GLOW Board of Directors Chair Judy Girard said. “I want them to choose and choose intelligently what they want to do and who they want to be and they can do it. They don’t need to depend on anyone else. They’ll be empowered.”

GLOW is one of 18 schools in the Young Women’s Leadership Network.

“I have every confidence that this school is going to deliver a first rate college prep for the young women who are lucky enough to come here,” Young Women’s Leadership Network founder Ann Tisch said.

Girard says in the next few years, GLOW will outgrow its current building.