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Congratulations Class of 2016

On July 27, 2009, 75 girls made statewide history when they entered the doors of Tennessee’s first single-gender, public charter school – Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. Fifty of those girls were sixth-graders.  On Friday, May 13, 2016, some of those same young ladies made history again when they crossed the stage to receive their high school diplomas.

Of the 21 members of the Class of 2016, eight inaugural students have been enrolled at CGLA since the school first opened. Like the school they helped launch, the graduating seniors have grown amid challenges and setbacks.  As sixth-graders, 45 percent of their class was below basic in Mathematics. In their Freshman year, they faced the threat of CGLA closing its doors due to failing academic scores. By their Sophomore year, no one in the class was below basic. As Juniors, their improved TCAP Algebra scores helped put the school in fourth place of all Hamilton County schools.  Join us as we celebrate these young women and the next milestone being set in CGLA “her-story!”