Students at Galena Interior Learning Academy agree to make their school their home. The Residence Life Staff goes to great lengths to ensure that each student resident is provided with the security of community and personal boundaries, while at the same time, encouraging growth and learning to the fullest extent possible within this safety net. The Res Life team seeks largely to give parents a peace of mind that their sons and daughters are given the proper care and support they need to succeed physically, emotionally, academically, socially, and spiritually during their stay at GILA.

The expectations of the staff and students exist to foster a positive living and learning environment that benefits both the individual and the community as a whole. There are many struggles involved in sharing space with others. Living under the rules of someone other than your parents, and simply by having formal policies established to guide your daily routine, both inside and outside of the classroom. However, the education students acquire from the social and interpersonal experiences of residential life plays a vital role in developing a well-rounded, concerned, engaged, and inquiring human beings. The aims and goals of the school’s residential nature complement the stated mission of Galena Interior Learning Academy. Thus, the objectives and mission of the Residence Life Program, like those of the overall school, focus on the individual and his or her relationship to the community in which he or she lives.

To this end, the Residence Life Staff will strive to achieve the following goals:

—to provide a physical environment that is compatible with the needs of the student residents, including health and safety. 

—to maintain an environment that recognizes the school’s academic and Career and Technical Educational programs and places a high priority on the pursuit of academic achievement.

—to assist students in developing a positive regard for their living area as well as that for the larger Galena community.

—to promote acceptance and mutual respect among all residents by developing an awareness of one’s own responsibilities and rights, as well as the rights and responsibilities of others.

—to promote an environment in which students are encouraged to develop a broader understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of those with diverse attitudes, views, and cultures, while allowing them to explore and embrace their own.

—to help residents become aware of their emotions and to develop constructive ways of expressing them.

—to provide opportunities through which one is able to develop and practice mature interpersonal relations and social skills.

—to provide opportunities for students to develop and apply effective leadership skills.

—to provide programs which supplement and complement classroom experiences and objectives.

—to promote an environment, which recognizes each individual’s need for some degree of privacy.

—to acquaint students with the numerous campus and community resources through which one may obtain specialized assistance.

—to build strong, supportive relationships with each student so as to best help them to develop positive assets and a support network of protective factors for increased resiliency in life’s endeavors.

—to develop an awareness in all students of their responsibilities and rights, as well as the rights and responsibilities of others.