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  • Building Lifelong Readers: A McKay's Visit

    During the last month of the 2016-17 school year, each student at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy received a special gift—the gift of books.A private donor has provided each student $25 to spend on books at McKay’s Used Books, a haven for literary treasures, every quarter. Students were able to use the funds to purchase books, ranging from literary classics to calculus textbooks, that would allow the students the opportunity to read beyond their respective summer reading assignm...  Read More...

  • Teacher Spotlight: Charles Cole

    For Charles Cole, high school biology teacher at CGLA, teaching is more than a job. It’s a chance to bring his favorite subject to life, and to unlock talent and creativity in students.Cole, who has been at the school since 2014, didn’t necessarily predict he’d be in this position. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a bachelor of science in genetics and a master’s in cell biology, he worked as a viral immunologist.   Read More...

  • CGLA Celebrates BHM at Hidden Figures

    On Monday, February 20, 2017, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) will spend President’sDay at a special viewing of the acclaimed film Hidden Figures. A biographical drama, Hidden Figures isabout female African-American mathematicians and engineers who were working at NASA during the1960s. The viewing begins at 9:30 a.m.   Read More...

  • CGLA Hosts VEX Robotics Competition

    On Saturday, January 28, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) hosted the CGLA Regional VEX robotics competition at the school’s new Hutton Gymnasium, located at 1800 Vance Avenue in Highland Park. Sponsored by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), this event is the first of its kind in east TennesseeCompeting teams represented local and regional schools from across the entire state of Tennessee. Participating schools include CGLA in Chattanooga; Brentwood Academy in Nashville; Liberty Technol...  Read More...

  • CGLA Celebrates the Opening of Hutton Gymnasium

    CGLA Celebrates Opening of Hutton GymnasiumOn Wednesday, January 25, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) hosted a community-wide event to celebratethe opening of Hutton Gymnasium. Located at 1800 Vance Avenue, the newly renovated athletic building represents thecompletion of the first phase of an ambitious campus expansion initiative that ensures deserving young women inChattanooga have access to a comprehensive and enriching educational program.According to Dr. Elaine Swafford, executiv...  Read More...

  • Quarter 2 STEM Night

    Q2 STEAM Night Abuzz with Student ProjectsOn a rainy December Tuesday evening, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy was buzzing—and it wasn’t just in anticipation of the December break.CGLA students were buzzing with excitement and anticipation for second quarter STEAM projects. After school they put last-minute touches on models of community parks and presentations about a farming robot.Students hosted parents and community members on Tuesday, Dec. 13, to a showcase of their project-based learn...  Read More...

  • STEAM Night - Quarter 1

    Students at the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) are set to host the first STEAM Showcase Night of the academic year to take place October 4, 2016 at 5:30 pm. This event will showcase the progress and/or results of various STEAM-related (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) projects in which students and classes have conducted along side local businesses and organizations. This collaboration provides the opportunity for students to apply traditional core competencies along...  Read More...

  • Shaw Industries Visits CGLA

    Shaw Industries, headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, has volunteered to join CGLA’s Corporate Mentoring Program. Beverly Davis, from Shaw Industries, reached out to Dr. Elaine Swafford, CGLA’s Executive Director, after hearing about CGLA and inquiring how Shaw Industries could help the school.   Read More...

  • CGLA Believes In Students Starting College Early!

    Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, a Chattanooga based, all girls, inner-city, Charter school, does not believe in just educating within the four walls of the school building. Dr. Elaine Swafford, Executive Director of CGLA, says, “education happens everywhere, and CGLA girls start the school year off, by attending college for a day”.   Read More...

  • CGLA Mustangs Are Out Of The Gate Early

    Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy kicked-off the 2016-2017, school year Friday. Dr. Elaine Swafford, executive director of CGLA said she has been leading her team this summer, planning and laying the ground for the first day of school by providing professional development to each teacher and staff and establishing the goals for the upcoming school year.“The students arrive today and excitement was in the air, both from students and faculty”, said Dr.   Read More...

  • Breaking ground on the new gym

    Friday, May 13th was anything but unlucky for the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy when students, faculty and staff joined the HUTTON Company in breaking ground on the school’s newest renovation project. Thanks to the generosity of CEO Karen J. Hutton and architect Rice Williams of Artech design firm, CGLA’s outdated athletic facility will get a major remodel to bring it into code compliance.   Read More...

  • CGLA Named 2016 Bronze Medal School by US News

    CGLA is honored to be named a Bronze Level High School by U.S. News and World Report. Click here to read more!   Read More...

  • 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.   Read More...