Welcome all new and returning families to our new school year at the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. We had a wonderful opening of school this year and off to a great and meaningful start.  Our faculty is working to assure that our students are gaining academically and prepared to attend college after CGLA in order to move toward the lives of their choosing. This is all a part of the State of Tennessee adopting more intense TNReady Standards in an effort to better prepare our students.

Dr. Candice McQueen, Commissioner of Education for the State of Tennessee, has released a parent letter explaining how test scores should be interpreted this year. As noted in her letter, the quick scores are no longer an indicator of below basic, basic, proficient, or advanced status. Rather, the scores are to be used to indicate student’s strengths and weaknesses, giving us a better idea of how to apply teaching and interventions. With that in mind, this year’s test results may bring questions concerning your student’s performance.

As indicated, the scores this year will serve as a baseline as we move forward to set high goals for all students.  We are challenged to assure that all students are ready for college and life. Rest assured, we will continue to stretch our students to their highest potential.

At CGLA, every student has an adult mentor and every student is expected to learn at high levels. This year, we are asking parents and the community to partner with us and join our newly-formed Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).  This request is important to assure that each child has a caring adult to volunteer and it is imperative for the good of the school.  We need your commitment to make the difference!

We hope you will join us in our efforts to support and encourage our young ladies to give their very best every day, as we, the faculty and staff, make the pledge to provide a rigorous, yet engaging curriculum to our students.  We have been called upon as a community of educators and learners to meet the demands of a new standard of educating our most important asset, our youth of today.  Join us as we move forward in this endeavor.  It is an exciting and defining year at CGLA.

Quote of the month:  “You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.” – Marsha Evans


CGLA is committed to engaging parents as partners to be lead participants in their child’s academic and social development and be involved in the school’s operations and governance.

At CGLA we believe that family involvement is critical to the success of students, and family members are key partners in the school learning community. More than 30 years of research confirms that when parents and family members are actively engaged, students have:

  • higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates;
  • better school attendance;
  • increased motivation and higher self-esteem;
  • lower rates of disciplinary action, including school suspension;
  • decreased use of drugs and alcohol; and
  • fewer instances of violent behavior.

In light of these research findings, CGLA views parents as lead participants in girls’ academic and social development. Be there for your girl!

  • Spend at least two hours in your child’s classroom during each 9-week period.
  • Reinforce CGLA’s Technology Responsible Use Policy to ensure safe and ethical use of technology tools.
  • Participate in Parent Institute activities and monthly Family Nights.
  • Volunteer at CGLA.

Click here to access the Parent-School Compact and Parent Involvement Policy.

Donate By Check

To make a donation via check, please mail to:

P.O. Box 3837
Chattanooga, TN 37404

Please make checks payable to Young Women’s Leadership Academy Foundation

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach her to learn by creating curiosity, she will continue the learning process as long as she lives.” – Clay P. Bedford

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