“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

  • Citywide

    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.

Leadership Development
Global Leadership Academy Charter School (GLA) 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 GLA community.

English and Language Arts
As a school committed to building future leaders, we believe that scholars must have the power to read others’ stories and the ability to write their own. Our ELA program emphasizes independent reading, writing, access to high quality texts and deep analysis of literary works.

Cultural Arts
Global Leadership Academy Charter School (GLA) is committed to the arts. Scholars are encouraged to explore art, music, dance, theater and more. As a school that believes in holistic teaching and learning, GLA works to provide as many opportunities as possible for scholars to explore their unique strengths. Cultural Arts Classes include ELA, Math, Science, Art, Music, Spanish, Mandarin and Technology.

Course Offerings

Art, English/Language Arts, Global Studies, Mandarin, Math, Music, Physical Education, Science, Spanish, Technology

Extracurricular Activities

Academic Enrichment, African Drumming, After School Program, Aftercare, Art Club, Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Choir, Community Service, Dance, Fitness Training, Flag Football, Girl Scouts, Hip Hop Dance, Student Council/Government, Talent Show, Track and Field, Tutoring


  • 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 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
  • 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.
    2016: 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 | 20172016 | 2015 | 2014
  • School Performance Profile (SPP)
    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.
    2016-20172015-2016 | 2014-2015


  • 2000

    Initial Charter

  • 2004

    Charter Renewed

  • 2009

    Charter Renewed

  • 2014

    Charter Renewed

  • 2019

    Renewal Recommended