Piedmont Triad native leading historic school

School Classroom / Education

WILMINGTON, N.C. — A King native is leading a historic school in Wilmington, WECT reported.

G.L.O.W., or Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington, is the first single-gender public charter school in North Carolina.

On Monday, the school will welcome 100 sixth-grade girls, most coming from disadvantaged neighborhoods.

“I see this as the starting line, not the finish line,” G.L.O.W. president and King native Todd Godbey told WECT. “When we’re really going to start celebrating is when those first young ladies walk across the stage in 2023 and graduate from high school.”

“At the end of the day the research shows very clearly, when not distracted by boys in the classroom at the very core and early on, like school more, they choose harder courses, they make better grades and they’re not worried about their appearance so much as being smart,” Godbey said.

Unlike many public charter schools, Godbey said GLOW will provide transportation and meals for all students.

The plan is to add 100 new girls to the roster each year.