gala counseling department
The GALA Counseling Department is here to support you through your educational journey at GALA. We are here to provide academic/college advisement and support your social emotional health.
Our team can be found HERE.
Rebecca Gross, Middle School Counselor -
Tara Hallinan, High School Counselor -
Tiffany Hervey, College Counselor -
Audrey Sakamoto, School Psychologist -
All GALA students benefit from a comprehensive School Counseling Program, driven by student data and based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model supporting: Academic Development, College/Career Development, and Personal, Social, Emotional/Mental-Health Development.
The mission of the GALA School Counseling Program is to foster a healthy school culture and environment that nurtures and inspires all students to achieve their highest individual potential. We provide academic and social emotional systems to support the schools mission to provide a highly rigorous college preparatory, STEM- focused curriculum fostering academic excellence, ethical leadership and intellectual curiosity.
We address student needs through a combination of individual counseling sessions, parent education, development of the Individual Graduation Plan (IGP), the development of a college plan, support through the advisory system, friendship circles and peer counseling.
Starting in 6th grade you will meet with your parents and your counselor at least once per year to discuss your Individual Graduation Plan (IGP). In middle school, your IGP includes developing goals and the skills needed to progress through the rigorous GALA curriculum. In high school you will focus on career and college admissions goals.
Social Emotional Advisement:
Through our advisory system you will learn many social emotional skills which focus on building a life/school balance and resiliency skills. The counseling team allows for an extension of social emotional learning and support by holding individual and group counseling sessions and providing support for families to seek outside agency assistance.
College Advisement and Testing
Starting in 6th grade students will complete career and personal goal setting lessons through the Naviance on-line system. In 8th grade students will begin testing with the PSAT8/9 test which will continue through the 11th grade. The results of this test will allow students to develop a testing plan through the development of a College Board account and Khan Academy lessons. In High School students plan their A-G college pathway through their Individual Graduation Plan meetings, parents receive advice through individual and group meetings. AP and SAT 1 testing take place on our campus. AP testing is offered for free or at a reduced cost through our Friends of GALA support organization. In 11th grade students develop their college lists, college essays and Common Application portfolio which are refined through the Fall semester of 12th grade. Students receive individual counseling sessions in 11th and 12th grade regarding college choices and application procedures. Financial Aid workshops are held on site with a focus on completing FAFSA.
GALA COLLEGE COUNSELING
GALA is a college preparatory school with a rigorous college prep curriculum. Our college counselor will help students build their college portfolio. We are utilizing www.collegeboard.org.
COLLEGE COUNSELOR: GALA has a full-time college counselor on staff in our college office. Please see the "Faculty" page for more information on the GALA college counselor and watch her welcome video below.
NAVIANCE: GALA participates in the Naviance online college portal.
COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES: Click on the link to the left to see an acceptance list of all the colleges from our very first CLASS OF 2020!
SAT DAY: GALA participates in the College Board SAT day. All 11th graders test together during the school day. The SAT 1 for 11th graders is free.
PSAT: All 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grades take the PSAT for free.
AP TESTING: This testing occurs in May. Due to generous grants, our students do not pay the AP exam fee.
college counseling prep by year
The College Board
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Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. Khan Academy is a nonprofit providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
Internships, Camps, and Summer Programs
Internships are a great way to explore careers and to meet people in your chosen field.
Click below to see a list of Internship and Summer Camp opportunities!
Some internships sponsored by the office of Sebastian Ridley Thomas.
(Click "Specialty Camps" for Tech and STEM)
Parent Action Plan
(From Big Future by The College Board)
Middle school is important because your child is laying the foundation in a lot of subjects and forming study habits. Developing certain skills now will make it easier for your child to adjust to the challenges of high school and college later — and will lead to more college options. Here are some things you and your child can do to make the most of this time.
Help your child set goals for the year. Working toward specific goals will help your child stay motivated and focused.
Review the school calendar together. Note important dates and put them in a shared online calendar or in an easy-to-view place, such as a bulletin board in your kitchen.
Make a plan to check in regularly about schoolwork. If you keep up with your child's tests, papers and homework assignments, you can celebrate successes and head off problems as a team. Get homework tips for your child.
Talk about extracurricular activities. Getting involved in clubs and other groups is a great way for your child to identify interests and feel more engaged in school. Read more about the benefits of extracurriculars.
Discuss ways to take on challenges. Encourage your child to take the most-challenging courses that he or she can handle. Tackling tough courses can give your child confidence and prepare him or her for higher-level high school classes.
Come up with fun reading ideas. Look for magazines or newspapers your child may like and talk about the books you loved reading when you were your child’s age. If your family makes reading enjoyable, it can become a daily habit.
Visit a nearby college together. If you live near a college, look for upcoming events on campus that are open to the community or see if the college offers classes to local children and families. Just being on a campus may get your child interested in college.
Get the big picture on paying for college. It’s not too early to learn the basics of financial aid.
Parent Action Plan
(From Big Future by The College Board)
As your child settles into the high school experience, it’s a great time for him or her to take on new challenges. It’s also the time to explore colleges, college majors and career goals. Use the links below to see recommendations for each grade level.