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The Ladera Education Institute (LEI) is the proud founder of the Grace Hopper STEM Academy (GHSA), a Public Independent STEM Middle School that began in September, 2013. GHSA is the only public middle school that has a 25-bed dormitory (Casa Ladera) designed to meet the unique needs of girls. This academic, comprehensive program also meets the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of the students they serve.

The GHSA Charter School creates an educational environment that is structured, energetic and fun by utilizing practical, innovative and powerful teaching methods to ignite, in each student, a passion for learning. The School provides a fully operational and engaging Family Support Center and will be opening a full-time, comprehensive Health Clinic in the future.

GHSA was named after Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992), also known as Grace Brewster Murray, who was an American computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral.  She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer developed in 1944. She invented the first compiler for a computer programming language, and was one of those who popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first high-level programming languages.

Owing to her accomplishments and her naval rank, she is sometimes referred to as "Amazing Grace". The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG-70) is named for her, as is the Cray XE6 "Hopper" supercomputer at NERSC.


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