“Global Leadership Academy Charter School (GLA) is a Kindergarten through eighth grade school with three wonderful small learning communities located in West Philadelphia. GLA is a holistic teaching and learning environment. Our goal is to provide a solid educational program through global studies and leadership in an effort to develop future leaders of the world.

  • K-8

    Grades Served

  • January 27, 2020

    Application Deadline

  • Neighborhood

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

Global Studies and Expeditionary Learning
As an expeditionary learning school we focus on real-world instructional opportunities. Our scholars have the opportunity to travel locally, nationally, and internationally throughout their K-8 experience. Learning is authentic and engaging, providing scholars with the experiences to broaden their worldview and foster empathy.

Extended School Day and Extended School Year Model
GLASW is a year-round school model. Intersessions are scheduled every thirteenth week of the school year. During this time tutoring and other activities are available for scholars to enhance their academic skills and allow them to participate in extra-curricular activities.

Leadership Development
GLASW seeks to develop in every K-8 scholar an awareness of his or her own leadership potential and to create a spirit of leadership in the GLASW community.

Data Driven Instruction and Gender Based Learning

Course Offerings

Art, Music, Leadership Development, Physical Education/Health

Extracurricular Activities

After School Program through the Netter Center, Golf, Flag Football, Basketball, Baseball, Band, Drill Team and Drum Line


  • Annual Charter Evaluation (ACE)
    Developed annually by the Charter Schools Office (CSO) for all Philadelphia brick-and-mortar charter schools (except those up for renewal), these reports provide information on three main areas of charter school performance: academic success, organizational compliance and viability, and financial health and sustainability.
    2019 | 2018 | 2017
  • Notices
    Notices of Deficiency are issued to schools regarding significant instances of non-compliance or poor performance that may affect student well-being or access. Notices of Deficiency clarify actions schools must take in order to resolve the deficiency.
    2017: Unresolved
  • Annual Independent Financial Audits
    Financial audits are produced annually by independent auditors for all charter schools in Pennsylvania. All charter schools are required to have an independent financial audit completed every year.
    2018 | 2017
  • Future Ready PA Index
    Developed annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), these reports provide an overview of student academic performance in every Pennsylvania public school, including traditional District schools, charter schools, cyber charter schools, and career and technology centers. 
  • School Progress Report (SPR)
    Developed annually by the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) for all traditional District and charter schools in the city, these reports provide information on schools’ achievement, progress, climate, and, for high schools, college and career readiness.


  • 2016

    Initial Charter

  • 2021

    Next Renewal Review