GALA APPLICATION

apply for

2021-2022

APPLICATIONS FOR 2021-2022 ARE ACCEPTED FROM

 

OCTOBER 1, 2020

THROUGH

JANUARY 1, 2021 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOT FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED.

school tours

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU SCHEDULE A SCHOOL TOUR BEFORE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION.

 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT SCHOOL TOURS. READY TO BOOK, CLICK BELOW.

 

THE GALA APPLICATION IS HERE ON OUR WEBSITE, NOT ON ECHOICES. APPLYING TO GALA WILL NOT AFFECT HOW MANY SCHOOLS YOU CAN APPLY TO ON THE ECHOICES WEBSITE. YOU CAN APPLY TO BOTH ECHOICES AND GALA.

 

ECHOICES INFO

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important dates

October 1, 2020 - Applications for the 2021-2020 school year go online. Applications are not first come-first served.

 

January 1, 2021 - Deadline for application to the 2021-2022 school year.

January 15, 2021: Deadline for teachers to submit their recommendations (this is done online through our portal).

 

March 5, 2021Applicants are emailed their status. If you did not receive an email, please check your SPAM folder.

April 2, 2021: If accepted, deadline to sign the intent form if you plan to register at GALA for 2021-2022 school year.

 

April 10 2021 - Registration Day for accepted students. 

 

April 23, 2021 - Deadline for accepted students to enroll.

 

May 1, 2021-September 1, 2021 - Any open spots opened to the waiting list.

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middle school

If you are applying for Middle School, you will need to complete the following:

#1 Make an application account and submit your Application

#2 Checklist Item #1 on your application account: Sign the Registration/Uniform Acknowledgement.

#3 Checklist Item #2 on your application account: Teacher Recommendation. 

high

school

If you are applying for High School, you will need to complete the following:

#1 Make an application account and submit your Application

#2 Checklist Item #1 on your application account: Sign the Registration/Uniform Acknowledgement.

#3 Checklist Item #2 on your application account: Teacher Recommendation. 

#4 Checklist Item #3 on your application account: Upload your most recent transcript.

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application questions

and tips

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS THAN WHAT IS LISTED BELOW?:

We have a LOT more Q&A on our FAQ page.

School Tour Questions: galaschooltours@gmail.com

Admissions: admissions@galacademy.org

For general admissions questions, please do not call the main office.

PARENTS WHO HAVE APPLIED TO GALA PREVIOUSLY: GALA has a new application form. All applicants will click "Apply Now" at the top or bottom of this page to create a username/password application account. This will allow you to save your application, check status, and submit required information. 

WATCH AN APPLICATION VIDEO: CLICK HERE if you need detailed instructions on navigating your application account and filling out the application. 

SPANISH TRANSLATION (Traducción Española): Once you create an application account, click the Google Translate icon to select language. Haga clic en "Aplicar" para crear una cuenta de aplicación y luego busque el botón de traducción de Google para cambiar al español.

 BEFORE YOU APPLY: ADMISSIONS FAQ 

WHAT GRADES ARE YOU ACCEPTING?:

For the 2021-2022 school year, we are accepting 6th through 12th grades. 

WILL I GET PRIORITY IF I SUBMIT THE APPLICATION IN OCTOBER?:

No. Although we encourage applications to be submitted early so that your teacher has time to submit a recommendation, all applications are considered regardless of when they are submitted (as long as submitted before the January 1 deadline). Admissions are not based on first-come-first-served.  

SHOULD I ATTEND A SCHOOL TOUR?:

Although attending a tour is not a requirement to applying, we HIGHLY recommend that you sign up for a school tour BEFORE you submit your application so you are sure GALA is a good fit for your family and your daughter. See our school tour page to make a reservation. 

DO I GET SIBLING PRIORITY?

If you have a student who is currently enrolled at GALA, we do prioritize siblings but they are not guaranteed. If you have 2 new student siblings applying at the same time, we do not guarantee both siblings will be admitted. 

IF I HAVE A CURRENT SIBLING AT GALA, DO I HAVE TO APPLY FOR THE NEW SIBLING?

Yes. If you have a current student at GALA, you have to put in an application for any non-GALA sibling. Your sibling will not be considered without a completed application.

IF I AM APPLYING FOR MULTIPLE NEW SIBLINGS, DO I NEED TO CREATE A DIFFERENT ACCOUNT FOR EACH STUDENT? 

No, in the application account, you can add multiple students to 1 parent account.

WHAT IF WE HAVE MULTIPLE HOUSEHOLDS? 

No problem. You will make 1 application account and fill out 1 application for your daughter. In the application, there is a section where you can fill out contact information for multiple parents and multiple households. List all parents that have custody. 

IF WE APPLIED LAST YEAR AND WERE WAIT-LISTED, DO I HAVE TO APPLY AGAIN?

Yes, you have to apply for each year you are interested in attending. Applications do not transfer from one year to another. Please submit a new application this year.

 FILLING OUT YOUR APPLICATION INFORMATION 

 

PLEASE READ THIS SECTION BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.

 

STEP #1: CREATE YOUR APPLICATION ACCOUNT.

To begin, click HERE. Or click on "Apply Now" at the top or the bottom of this page.

STEP #2: FILL OUT AND SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

You do not have the start and submit the application at the same time. You can start the form and then click "Save and Finish Later" at the bottom of each page. Log in at any time to finish. However, once you click "submit" on the last page of the application, you can not go back and change your answers. An email confirmation will be sent.

STEP #3: COMPLETE YOUR CHECK LIST ITEMS

TIPS FOR FILLING OUT YOUR APPLICATION

LAUSD STUDENT ID

There is an optional question on the application asking for your LAUSD student ID number. If you are a current LAUSD student, your number is on your LAUSD report cards or on Schoology. If you are not a current LAUSD student, you can leave this blank. You are not required to submit this number to apply.

 

PARENT/GUARDIAN SECTION:

  • CHECK YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS: When you create your application account, PLEASE check and re-check that you enter your email address and phone number correctly. All communication will come via e-mail so if your email is not correct, we can not contact you with acceptance or wait list status. 

  • SECOND EMAIL: There is a space on the application to add a second email address on the application. We highly recommend you submit TWO email addresses. Maybe you have a personal email and a work email... that way, if one email does not work, you have a back-up email.

STUDENT SECTION

Parents, please allow your student to fill this section out on their own. 

 

TEACHER RECOMMENDATION CHECKLIST ITEM:  

The teacher recommendation section is required for admission.

  • PARENTS SUBMIT RECOMMENDATION REQUEST THROUGH THEIR ONLINE ACCOUNT: After you submit your application, you will have access to your "checklist". Here, you will find a Teacher Recommendation checklist item. Click that and enter your teacher name and email address and submit. An automated email will be sent to your teacher. This email has a student-specific link for the teacher to fill out an easy form online. PLEASE DO NOT SEND SNAIL MAIL OR OTHER EMAILED RECOMMENDATIONS, THEY WILL NOT BE OPENED. 

  • FOLLOW UP: It is the parent's responsiblity to follow up with your teacher to be sure she has received the recommendation email and submitted the recommendation form. If your teacher can not find the email with the recommendation link, please have them check their SPAM folder. If they still can not find it, you will need to log back into your application account and re-send to your teacher.

  • ACADEMIC TEACHERS ONLY: Please choose an "Academic" teacher and please choose a teacher that knows your daughter well. You may choose last year's teacher (for example, if your 4th grade teacher knows your daughter more than the 5th grade one). Please do not choose clerical staff or non-academic teachers.

  • EDUCATION EMAILS ONLY: The email you submit for your teacher should be a school or educational email address. For example: teachername@schooldistrict.net, classname@schoolname.com

  • CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK THE SPELLING OF YOUR TEACHER EMAIL AND DOUBLE CHECK THE EXTENSION (.COM, .NET ETC). EVERY YEAR, APPLICATIONS ARE NOT COMPLETE (NO TEACHER RECOMMENDATION) BECAUSE PARENTS SUBMITTED THE INCORRECT EMAIL ADDRESS. NOTE: LAUSD EMAIL EXTENSION IS ".net" and NOT ".com".  

 

WATCH AN APPLICATION VIDEO: CLICK HERE if you need detailed instructions on navigating your application account and filling out the application. 

 AFTER YOU APPLY FAQS 

ONCE I SUBMIT THE APPLICATION, AM I DONE?:

No, be sure and complete the checklist items in your application account.

1) Registration and Uniform Information - This just needs a signature.

2) Teacher Recommendation - Submit teacher contact info. You will get a confirmation email when the teacher has submitted the recommendation.

3) Transcript - For High School only, submit your most recent transcript.

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?:

You can always go back and log into your application account to continue filling out a saved application or to check the status of the teacher recommendation being received. Acceptance and Wait List emails will be sent the first Friday of March after 6pm.  After emails are sent, your status will also appear on your application account page.

MY TEACHER SAID THEY NEVER RECEIVED THE RECOMMENDATION EMAIL, WHAT DO I DO?

Ask your teacher to look in their SPAM folder. If it is not there, log into your application account. Go to your teacher recommendation checklist item. Type in the teacher name and email and re-send to the teacher. It is up to the parents to make sure this checklist item is complete. You will get an email confirmation when your teacher has submitted.

WHAT IF I NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE TO MY APPLICATION?

Once you click submit on the main application, you will not be able to make changes. You can log in anytime to change the email address on your application account - click "Account". If your mailing address changes, email admissions@galacademy.org.

IF ACCEPTED, HOW DO I CLAIM MY SPOT?:

On your acceptance email, you will find a link to an intent form to accept your spot and attend Registration Day. 

 

WHAT IF WE MAKE OTHER SCHOOL PLANS?:

We know finding the right school for your daughter can be a lengthy process. If you submit an application to GALA and then make other school plans, move, etc., please let us know ASAP so that we may remove your application. Likewise, if you are accepted or wait listed... and you have committed to a different school, please let us know ASAP at admissions@galacademy.org so that we can open your spot to another family.

ARE APPLICATIONS A LOTTERY?

Randomization is part of our process. Every application is read. 

IF ADMITTED, WHAT DO I NEED TO PROVIDE?

If you are admitted and you decide to enroll, the following documents will need to be submitted: LAUSD Registration Forms including the media waiver form and the Device/Chromebook form, GALA policy forms, a copy of your driver's licence or state ID, utility bill (not telephone), immunization records (Tdap required for 7th grade and above), report card, transcript (high school), student birth certificate, and, if applicable, your IEP plan, 504 plan, inter-district permit (if coming from outside of LAUSD), and any court custody agreements.

IF ADMITTED, DO YOU HAVE A REGISTRATION DAY OR ORIENTATION DAY TO SEE THE CAMPUS?

We do have a Registration Day in April and we HIGHLY recommend you attend this. April 10, 2021. Registration Day will depend on Covid. There is also a mandatory 2-day orientation for new students the Thursday and Friday before the first day of school. Please make your summer plans accordingly.

 

DATA:

All data collected is for internal GALA use only for the application process. The admissions committee consists of all LAUSD employees, including administrators and teachers.

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