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ACADEMIC OVERVIEW

HIGHLY RIGOROUS ACADEMIC PROGRAM

GALA is a highly rigorous college preparatory school.

 

All Middle School students complete:

·      College board pre Advanced-placement (AP) course work in all core subjects

·      Advanced mathematics courses can be taken beginning in 7th grade.

 

All High School students complete:

·      4 years Mathematics

·      4 years Science

·      4 years English

·      3 years History

·      2 years Advanced Computer Science

·      AP courses in multiple subjects (13 AP classes)

·      AP Capstone (1 of only 5 schools in the district)

GALA CLASSES: All courses follow Common Core State Standards. All science classes follow Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

 

GALA ELECTIVES: Each student participates in a 7th period elective of her choice. A full list can be found HERE.

GALA ACADEMIC AWARDS

Our school embraces the philosophy of growth mindset. A growth mindset is the understanding that intelligence is not fixed but that abilities and understanding can be developed. Based on the work of Stanford Psychology Professor, Carol Dwek, growth mindset allows leaners to view failure as an opportunity for growth. At GALA you will hear teachers and learners state often that they haven’t mastered a concept “yet” but also hold the belief that with hard work they can master concepts. Growth mindset allows students to continually learn and challenge themselves.

Growth mindset goes well with our Mastery Grading frame. Mastery grading focuses the learner on demonstrating knowledge of a concept by demonstrating mastery through assessments linked to standards in the course. Mastery Grading allows the student to continually work on a concept to dig deeper into the material for mastery.

Based on these philosophies, we do not have Honors classes at GALA. Teachers differentiate within classes provide either assistance with mastering the standards or enrichment that is accessible to all students. 

In High School students may choose to take Advanced Placement classes. Advanced Placement are courses that follow college curricula but are available to students in high school. These courses are extremely demanding yet teachers at GALA provide students with assistance through office hours and special weekend programs such as AP Readiness at UCLA.

MASTERY STANDARDS BASED GRADING

Mastery Standards Based Grading is an intentional way for teachers to track their students' progress and achievements while focusing on helping students learn and reach their highest potential. It is based on students showing signs of mastery or understanding various lessons and skills.

GALA COURSE HANDBOOK

For a complete listing of our courses, click below. For course maps, scroll down.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE MAP

6TH GRADE

COURSE MAP 

SCIENCE

SCIENCE 6: INTEGRATED SCIENCE

ENGLISH

CC ENGLISH 6

PHYSICAL ED

INTRO TO PE

HISTORY

WORLD HISTORY: ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS

ELECTIVE WHEEL

COLLEGE/CAREER

CREATIVE WRITING

MUSIC

HORTICULTURE

MATH

CC MATH 6

7TH GRADE

COURSE MAP 

SCIENCE

SCIENCE 7/ HEALTH (1 SEMESTER OF EACH)

ENGLISH

CC ENGLISH 7

PHYSICAL ED

BEGINNING PE

HISTORY

WORLD HISTORY: Medieval Modern

SPANISH or MUSIC

SPANISH 1 OR SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS 1

MUSIC COMPOSITION & INTRO TO INSTRUMENTS

MATH

CC Math 7

OR 

Accelerated CC Math (Combined Math 7 & Math 8)

ELECTIVE

CHOICE OF ELECTIVE.

8TH GRADE

COURSE MAP 

SCIENCE

SCIENCE 8

ENGLISH

CC ENGLISH 8

PHYSICAL ED

INTERMEDIATE PE

HISTORY

UNITED STATES HISTORY

SPANISH or

MUSIC

MATH

CC MATH 8

or

ALGEBRA 1 (pre-rec Accellerated Math)

HIGH SCHOOL COURSE MAP

AP CLASSES

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