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college counseling

a message from ms. hervey, gala college counselor

"100% of my classmates got into college. And when I saw the list of amazing colleges my friends and I got into, I was so impressed and blown away!"

- GALA Senior

GALA is a college preparatory school with a rigorous college prep curriculum. Our college counselor helps students build their college portfolio. We utilize www.collegeboard.org.

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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.

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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. 

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COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES 

Click HERE to see an acceptance list of all the colleges from our very first CLASS OF 2020! 

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NAVIANCE

GALA participates in the Naviance online college portal.  Students, click HERE to log in.

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PSAT

All 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grades take the PSAT for free. 

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AP TESTING

This testing occurs in May. Due to generous grants, our students do not pay the AP exam fee.

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LA CITY COLLEGE DUAL ENROLLMENT

GALA has a partnership with LACC so our High School students can have the opportunity to take college classes to fulfill their high school graduation requirements and receive transferable college credit. 

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COLLEGE BOARD FEMALE DIVERSITY AWARD!

GALA is closing the gender gap in Computer Science. GALA is 1 of only 56 schools in the nation to earn both the AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Principles female diversity award. GALA is the ONLY public school in Los Angeles to win both awards!

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GALA school profile

college counseling prep by year

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MIDDLE school

COLLEGE PRE-PLANNING THROUGH ADVISORY CURRICULUM

  • PERSONAL GOAL SETTING

  • CAREER EXPLORATION

  • DISCOVERING IDENTITY AND DIVERSITY

  • GROWTH MINDSET ACTION PLAN

  • CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT WITH LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE - FOREIGN LANGUAGE

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8th grade

COLLEGE PREP AND AWARENESS

  • PSAT 8

  • A-G REQUIREMENT PRESENTATION

  • CREATION OF COLLEGE BOARD ACCOUNT

  • PRELIMINARY "BIG FUTURE" EXPLORATION

  • 8TH GRADE STEP-UP TO HIGH SCHOOL FAMILY ASSEMBLY

  • CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT WITH LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE - FOREIGN LANGUAGE

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9th grade

COLLEGE COUNSELING

  • INDIVIDUAL GRADUATION AND A-G PLAN

  • PSAT 9

  • FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE AP (AP Bio only)

  • BRAG SHEET DEVELOPMENT

  • CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT WITH LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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10th grade

COLLEGE COUNSELING

  • SAT 1 PREP CLASS

  • INDIVIDUAL GRADUATION AND A-G PLAN

  • PSAT

  • COLLEGE PLANNING 101 FAMILY MEETING

  • INTRODUCTION TO NAVIANCE

  • CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT WITH LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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11th grade

COLLEGE COUNSELING

  • SAT 1 (SAT DAY)

  • SAT 1 PREP CLASS

  • INDIVIDUAL GRADUATION AND A-G PLAN

  • PSAT QUALIFIES FOR NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLAR

  • INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS WITH COLLEGE COUNSELOR AND FAMILIES

  • COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID101

  • COLLEGE PLANNING 101

  • COLLEGE ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP

  • COMMON APPLICATION WORKSHOP

  • FINALIZE BRAG SHEET 

  • FINALIZE TEACHER RECOMMENDATION REQUESTS

  • CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT WITH LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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12th grade

COLLEGE COUNSELING

  • SUMMER INDIVIDUAL COLLEGE ESSAY REVIEW

  • INDIVIDUAL COLLEGE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

  • INDIVIDUAL RECOMMENDATION LETTER ASSISTANCE

  • FAFSA WORKSHOP FOR FAMILIES IN ENGISH AND SPANISH

  • SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

  • FASA WORKSHOP FOR FAMILIES

  • POSSE APPLICATION

  • CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT WITH LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE

COLLEGE RESOURCES

The College Board

www.collegeboard.org

Get connected to your college. Find official college planning and preparation tools to help you succeed. Visit the College Board website - your inside source.

 

KHAN Academy

www.khanacademy.org

 

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.

 

College: Make It Happen

A guide for California's Middle School families and educators. Click PDFs below for English and Spanish.

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!

Internship Links

 

CAMPS

www.lasummercamps.org

(Click "Specialty Camps" for Tech and STEM)

 

www.summerfuncampfair.com

 

ACTION PLANS

Parent Action Plan - MIDDLE SCHOOL

(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 - HIGH SCHOOL

  (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.

 

CLICK HERE: HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE PREP

 

 

CONGRATS 2021!

GALA at a Glance!

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