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ADMISSIONS

WELCOME! 

Thank you for your interest in GALA, where girls love to be smart, self-confident, and successful! GALA is the only all-girls public (that's free!) STEM school in LAUSD and California. We are a public school serving girls in Los Angeles 6th-12th grades. We are excited for you and your daughter to visit us online or in-person and encourage you to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page and our GALA At-A-Glance page. For additional LAUSD application and GALA admissions information, please click HERE

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admission season

2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR

We are full and are not accepting any more applications for any grades. If your student is on the waiting list, we do not anticipate adding any additional students for 2023-2024.

2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR

Click HERE to learn more. GALA website applications have the SAME DEADLINE AS LAUSD Unified Enrollment (November 17, 2023). New this year, parents will need to indicate GALA on the LAUSD Unified Enrollment website AND fill out an application and all checklist items on the GALA website. School tours are September through November each year. We are not able to accommodate "shadow days" or private tours.

APPLICATION QUESTIONS: admissions@galacademy.org

school tours

HOW DO I TOUR GALA?

For the 2023-2024 school year, tours are now over. Our tours are September-November each year. Tour dates during the 2024-2025 school year will be posted by September 1, 2024. More information on school tours. In-person school tours are only for students in the 5th grade and up. If your student is in the 4th grade or below, we have limited space for the tours and our campus will be changing each year so please wait to tour until your student is in the 5th grade. Zoom tours are open to all ages.

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT TOURS.

We would love to help you! If you have a question about our tours, click HERE, or if you are another school that would like to include GALA in your Middle or High School options fair - we would love to participate!  Email admissions@galacademy.org

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who should apply?

COLLEGE PREP: GALA is a 6th through 12th grade public school within LAUSD and provides a highly rigorous college preparatory education in an all-girls environment. Applicants should be ready and willing to accept the demands of a challenging academic course load.

 

STEM: Our focus is science, technology, engineering and mathematics with particular emphasis on computer technology. We also believe the humanities and arts are vital to a well-rounded education.

ALL GIRLS: GALA is an environment that is exclusively devoted to the education of young women. Our all-girls environment fosters collaboration between the school community, girls and their families. GALA’s core values of excellence, leadership, and wellness are instilled throughout every facet of the school.

 

LAUSD: GALA is an LAUSD Admissions Criteria School, not a charter and not a Magnet. GALA is open to all girls within LAUSD and outside of LAUSD by permit. If you live within the LAUSD boundaries, even if you don't attend an LAUSD school, you do not need a permit.  If you live outside of the LAUSD boundaries, you will need a permit. You do NOT need to obtain a permit until you are accepted and plan to enroll at GALA. You contact your current school system first to apply for a permit. Then you contact the LAUSD permit office. This is the responsibility of the parent to secure. You do not need a permit in order to submit an application.

applying to gala

WHAT GRADES DO YOU ACCEPT?

6th - 12th grades.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Click HERE for more application info and an FAQ. Applications are online each year from the beginning of October through mid-November. Applying to GALA is a 2-step process... 1) Selecting GALA on the LAUSD Unified Enrollment application and 2) Submitting the GALA website application and all checklist items. The deadline for both is the SAME as the LAUSD Unified Enrollment deadline (November 17, 2023 for entry into the 2024-2025 school year). Applications are not first-come-first-served. GALA typically receives hundreds of applications for about 150 open spots in 6th-12th grades.

WHEN WILL I FIND OUT?

See important dates below.

WHAT IF I AM WAIT LISTED?

After the first round deadline to register passes (first week of May) we will know how many spots are not claimed. At that time, we will fill any open spots from the waiting list.

WILL APPLYING TO ECHOICES MAGNET SCHOOLS AFFECT APPLYING TO GALA?

No, you can apply to magnet schools AND indicate GALA on the LAUSD Unified Enrollment application.

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important dates

October 1, 2023 - LAUSD Unified Enrollment application and the GALA application is open beginning of October through mid-November.

November 17, 2023 - Deadline for the LAUSD Unified Enrollment application and also the deadline for the GALA application to the 2024-2025 school year.

December 1, 2023: Deadline for all checklist items to be complete, including your teacher filling out our online form.  Teacher forms are done online through the application portal. We do NOT accept any snail mailed or emailed teacher letters. 

 

March 11-15, 2023 - Notifications are now sent by LAUSD. Applicants are emailed their status via LAUSD eChoices Unified Enrollment. LAUSD does rolling notifications so you may get your email on March 11th or you could get your email the week of March 18th. GALA will follow up with an email once the LAUSD emails have been sent. GALA does not have information as to when your LAUSD email will be send so we kindly ask that you not call the GALA office for this information. Also, check your SPAM folder or your LAUSD Parent Portal.  Email admissions@galacademy.org with questions.

April 1, 2024: If accepted, this is your deadline to fill out the GALA intent-to-register form to RSVP for a time at Registration Day.

 

April 12, 2024: This is the LAUSD Unified Enrollment deadline to log into your account and accept or decline GALA.  If you do not sign the intent and accept form by the deadline, your spot will be forfeited. If you accept at another LAUSD school, your spot at GALA is automatically forfeited. 

 

April 20, 2024 - If accepted, first day to register at Registration Day for accepted students.

 

April 22-26, 2024 - If accepted, Registration drop off in the office for anyone not attending the April 20th Registration Day. Hours 8:30-11am. 

April 26, 2024 - Deadline for accepted students to turn in their registration paperwork to the GALA office. Any accepted student who have not submitted all required forms by this date will automatically forfeit their spot at GALA.

 

June 1, 2024-September 1, 2024 - Any open spots opened to the waiting list.

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“As the first graduating class of 2020, we liked to refer to ourselves as guinea pigs, as we were the first to do everything (in High School) at GALA. As a brand new school, there wasn't a path for us to follow, so instead, we paved one for ourselves. Now, we take that experience out into the world as innovators and pioneers. And those same girls I sat with on the first day at GALA are now heading out to amazing colleges to be doctors, scientists, and world leaders.”

- Class of 2020 Valedictorian

Have more questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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