Staff & Students

Who We Are

The West Side Leadership Academy stands as the sole high school within the Gary Community School Corporation. This esteemed institution, home to the formidable Cougars spanning grades 9th to 12th, provides a plethora of opportunities. These range from a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to extensive programs in the Arts.

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We are Igniting Intellects on a Transformative Expedition through High School Academics

At West Side Leadership Academy, we prioritize providing a comprehensive educational experience that caters to diverse student needs and aspirations. We offer a wide array of dual credit and Advanced Placement courses, allowing students to earn both high school and college credits simultaneously. These rigorous academic classes are designed to challenge students, fostering intellectual growth and preparing them for post-secondary education or direct entry into the workforce. Our curriculum is not just about equipping students with knowledge; it’s about instilling a deep-seated love for learning and a readiness to tackle real-world challenges.

Principal's Message

As we embark on a new chapter at West Side Leadership Academy, I am writing to you with great enthusiasm and a deep sense of commitment to our school community. Having graduated from West Side in 1997, I am profoundly aware of the rich legacy and potential of our beloved alma mater. Over the years, we have faced challenges, and it is time for us to come together to rebuild and redefine the narrative surrounding our school. With a renewed focus on cultivating a strong school culture and empowering our students for success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers, we are dedicated to ensuring that every student who walks through our doors has the opportunity to thrive and excel.
We understand the importance of fostering a supportive and inclusive environment where every student feels valued, respected, and empowered to reach their full potential. Through various initiatives, including mentorship programs, extracurricular activities, and community partnerships, we are committed to providing our students with the resources and support they need to succeed academically
and personally. As parents and guardians, your partnership is invaluable to us. We encourage open communication and collaboration between home and school to ensure the success of our students. Together, we can create a vibrant and thriving school community where every student
is equipped with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to pursue their dreams and make meaningful contributions to society. I invite you to join us on this journey of transformation and renewal. Together, let us build a brighter future for our students and our community. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to West Side Leadership Academy.

Carl Scott

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Location: 900 Gerry St, Gary, IN 46406

Telephone: (219)413-9870

School Hours: M-F: 7am – 4pm

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