GLOW’s Senior Year

Updates from the girls charter school

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As Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW) prepares to graduate its first class of twelve graders this year, the all-girl charter school recently had some major announcements.

GLOW opened in 2016 with sixth graders as the state’s first single-gender charter school and has added a grade each year since.

In February, members of the school’s college access team received the Career Advancement for Women honor during Cape Fear Commercial Real Estate Women’s annual Awards of Excellence.

“For students at GLOW, the obstacles to a college education are real, with many being the first in their families to attend college,” the award description says. “In 2021, GLOW’s College Access department partnered with Cape Fear CREW for an after-school program called GLOW CREW Club to introduce students to jobs within the commercial real estate industry.”

Also in February, celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and Rachael Ray traveled to the Port City to participate in a multi-event fundraiser for Beacon Education, GLOW’s parent foundation.

Students helped the chefs prepare a show in a filmed clip for the Rachael Ray Show.

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation gave the school a $500,000 gift to support its culinary program, and when Lagasse visited, the culinary classroom officially was named Emeril Lagasse Foundation Culinary Lab.

Photo by Matt Ray/courtesy of GLOW. To view more of photographer Matt Ray’s work, go to

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