Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS)

A nonprofit organization

$24,960 raised by 105 donors

33% complete

$75,000 Goal

Empowering young women+ to succeed academically, lead confidently, 
live boldly, and thrive physically.

Girls Athletic Leadership Schools of Denver are the first and only tuition free, public, all-girls college preparatory schools in Denver and Colorado.

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"The community is really supportive and the culture is very diverse. The all girls aspect really puts the GALS in GALS with a focus on female empowerment and leadership. We’re challenged in new ways and supported through that process rather than being thrown into the deep end. It’s the perfect place to find yourself and a special space for everybody because everyone is included. Plus you get an education at the same time so it’s a win win." - 12th grade student

"I am so incredibly thankful for GALS, especially the teachers and staff. Never before has my daughter experienced such compassionate and qualified teachers. She loves attending school now and feels confident about her abilities!" - 8th grade parent

"Just want you to know that for the first time in YEARS, this little girl is coming home saying she loves school. Don't know exactly what the magic is, but I am so thankful." - 6th grade parent


GALS Denver empowers students to succeed academically, lead confidently, live boldly, and thrive physically.

Background Statement

As we enter our 14th year, GALS continues to center our signature practices - grounded in Movement-Based learning and positive gender focus that targets healthy social, emotional, relational and leadership development of all students. In our most recent end of year Efficacy Survey:

- 97% of students say they work hard in school

- 96% say they will go to college

- 86% and 85% say they are good math and science students, respectively, which is so important for our young women.

- 91% say their teachers believe in them.

Last year we again had 100% graduation in our high school, with a record six students receiving a scholarship that will pay for 100% of their trade certificate. Graduates will be attending University of Denver, Colorado School of Mines, University of Northern Colorado, Metropolitan State University of Denver, to name a few.

All dollars raised go directly to critical needs for the schools' unique model, including core social emotional development courses, mental health resources which are vital to the success and wellbeing of our students and staff, and new technology.


In 2007, GALS' founders began the work of conceptualizing a distinct all-girls school. Denver Public School authorized GALS Denver in 2009, as the first public, gender-based school in Colorado. We opened our Middle School doors in 2010, added a High School in 2014. Both schools run our unique model of powerful academics, movement based-learning, and social, emotional, and relational learning. GALS model adds real value to the array of choices available to DPS students and offers students a unique option for pursuing their middle and secondary school educations.

The schools represent a standards-based response to the academic and social, emotional, and relational needs of all students, including many who face real barriers to realizing their full potential. The GALS program promotes the structure necessary to ensure that graduates have the intellectual acumen, critical thinking skills, curiosity, discipline, self-awareness and 21st century leadership skills to achieve success and experience personal and professional fulfillment.

Organization Data


Organization name

Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS)

other names

GALS Denver

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Education, Youth Development, Human Services, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Organization Size

Large Organization


750 Galapago Street
Denver, CO 80204

Service areas

Denver County, CO, US



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