CURRENT PARENT INFO
Beyond the Bell provides our LAUSD after-school care for Middle School and is available from 3:30pm until 6pm. Beyond the Bell staff leave at 6pm so, parents, please arrive to pick up and sign out your student in person by 5:45pm. Beyond the Bell Youth Services Program emphasizes physical fitness that develops basic movement skills, strong and healthy bodies, teamwork, sportsmanship, cooperative social skills and activities that reinforce the skills learned in the regular instructional program. Youth Services also provides opportunities for children to participate in supervised competition in various sports that will lead to culminating regional events. They also have a homework study hall.
Anyone using Beyond the Bell must fill out the appropriate forms in the office before their child can use their services. See PDF below. More info at: www.btb.lausd.net
FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF COVID PROTOCOLS, CLICK HERE.
GALA is an LAUSD school and, as such, follow all Covid protocols directed by LAUSD.
ALL students (even if you are vaccinated) must have a negative Covid test taken within 14 days of Orientation and/or the first day of school. For more info, see below or click HERE.
LAUSD COVID RETURN TO SCHOOL INFO: https://achieve.lausd.net/backtoschool
LAUSD COVID FAQ: https://achieve.lausd.net/covidfaq
LAUSD TESTING INFO: https://achieve.lausd.net/covid
LAUSD COVID HELP DESK:
For families: (213) 443-1300
For employees: (213) 241-2700
The helpdesk is open 6 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday for any questions about Los Angeles Unified and the COVID-19 pandemic.
LAUSD STUDENT AND FAMILY WELLNESS HELP DESK:
The helpdesk is open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Please call for support with mental health, immunizations, health insurance, food & housing, enrollment, and more.
There are many ways to get information at GALA! Before you call the office, please look for your answers first on these forms of communication...
SCHOOL WEBSITE: www.galacademy.org
FRIENDS OF GALA WEBSITE: www.fogala.org
COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPAL: 2nd Tuesday of every Month
NEWSLETTERS: A Newsletter goes out every Sunday. Occasional mid-week emails sent. If you are not receiving emails, log into your Membership Toolkit account and check your settings. You can also see all emails on your Membership Toolkit app.
FACEBOOK Private Parent-Run Group: To join this group, you must be in the parent directory, MembershipToolkit. All requests are cross-checked with the directory. If your Facebook name is different than the name in the directory, please let us know. This group is for current parents only, no students. Find the link on the communications flyer in your purple Registration Folder.
SOCIAL MEDIA: official public GALA pages
Facebook & Twitter : @GALAcademy
SCHOOLOGY: For your student grade info, make a Passport account and access Schoology.
MEMBERSHIPTOOLKIT: This is a parent-run directory. More information below.
friends of gala parent organization
GALA's parent organization (non profit 501c3) is Friends of GALA. All current parents are automatically considered members of Friends of GALA when enrolling. To find out more, visit their website at www.fogala.org.
Breakfast and Lunch is provided in the GALA cafeteria for free through LAUSD.
Students are welcome to bring their own lunch.
There is no outside ordering for lunch (i.e. Door Dash, Uber Eats, pizza delivery).
Visit www.galacademy.membershiptoolkit.com. This is a directory for current parents ONLY and every entry will be cross-checked with the office for access. This list is audited several times per year.
pick-up and drop-off procedures
Safety is our number one priority. Adhering to these procedures ensures the safety of our students.
- Cars must travel southbound on West Blvd to load and unload students in the carpool lane.
- There are crosswalks at the corner of West/Olympic and at West/Edgemar. Please use them.
- NO U-TURNS on West Blvd.
- NO double parking on West Blvd.
- NO parking in neighbor driveways.
- NO waiting or parking on the east side of West Blvd.
- NO parking in cafeteria loading dock.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Students can get discounted Metro passes for the buses and trains through the Metro site at https://www.metro.net/riding/fares/students-k-8-and-9-12/
School supplies will be given out by each individual teacher. If you need assistance purchasing school supplies, please contact the office and leave a message for FoGALA Board Member, Liz Edwards.
Schoology is in the online platform students and parents use to access grades, assignments, report cards, etc. Instructions are HERE.
PARENTS: You access Schoology by setting up an account through the LAUSD parent portal. You need a PIN number and that can be given by calling the office or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For instructions, visit HERE.
GALA does not offer transportation to and from school.
CARPOOLS: To search for carpool options in your area, log into your Membership Toolkit account using a desktop/laptop at galacademy.membershiptoolkit.org. Click "Directory" and enter the zip code into the search area. The Zip code search is not set up for mobile devices. There may be some families that are in your area that have not entered their zip code so also ask in your Advisory class. Also search for zip codes in your surrounding neighborhoods. Many GALA families meet at a central location (a school, library, or right off freeway) for their carpool pick up and drop off.
CITY BUSES: City buses stop on Olympic Blvd near West Blvd.
PARENT-RUN BUSES: Parents run a for-fee bus with multiple stops from Westchester to GALA and from the Valley to GALA. This is NOT sponsored by GALA or LAUSD.
GALA has full page dedicated to all things uniforms. Please visit www.galacademy.org/uniforms. Our online retailer is Lands End and our in-store retailer is Michaels Uniforms. PE uniforms are purchased at GALA in the student store. Dress uniform ties can be purchased at Michaels Uniforms and at TieMart. Detailed pricing and info on our webpage HERE.
As a new school adding 200 students every year until full capacity, Friends of GALA asks EVERYONE to volunteer during the year to assist with school events, fundraising, teacher/student support, admin, beautification, etc. There are ways to help from your home or office and volunteering on campus. Please fill out the form below and let us know how you would like to help. Time, Treasure, and Talent... please give one or all three!
Yearbooks are on sale throughout the year via the yearbook class. You can also purchase in the GALA student store.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ATTENDANCE - WHO DO I CONTACT IF MY STUDENT IS ABSENT?: Email the office or bring a note to the office explaining the absence. email@example.com
CALENDAR - IS IT AN "A" OR "B" DAY?: The GALA calendar can be located HERE.
CALENDAR - YEARLY - WHEN DOES SCHOOL START IN AUGUST? GALA follows the LAUSD calendar. You can find the yearly calendar HERE.
COVID PROTOCOL - DOES MY DAUGHTER NEED A COVID TEST TO ATTEND GALA?: ALL students, whether they are vaccinated or not must have a negative Covid test to attend GALA. More information on Covid protocol HERE.
DAILY SCHEDULE - WHEN DOES SCHOOL START IN THE MORNING?: You can find our daily schedule HERE.
NEWSLETTER - I AM NOT GETTING THE NEWSLETTER: The newsletter is for current parents only. If you are a current parent, visit galacademy.membershiptoolkit.com to register. All names submitted are cross-checked with enrollment.
NEWSLETTER - I WANT TO ADD SOMETHING TO NEWSLETTER: Contact our newsletter volunteer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PICKING UP - I NEED TO PICK UP MY DAUGHTER EARLY FROM SCHOOL: Parents must park and walk into the main office in order to pick up early. If picking up at the end of the day, you would need to come BEFORE 7th period begins. We can not pull students from class in the middle of 7th period.
UNIFORMS - WHERE DO I BUY THEM?: For the uniform page, click HERE. For daily uniforms, GALA's online retailer is Lands End and GALA's in-store retailer is Michaels Uniforms in Inglewood. PE uniforms are purchased at the GALA Campus in the student store. Contact email@example.com
SIBLING APPLICATIONS - IF I HAVE A CURRENT GALA STUDENT, IS HER YOUNGER SIBLING AUTOMATICALLY ACCEPTED?: Every sibling must apply. Deadline is January 1 every year.
TEACHERS - HOW DO I CONTACT MY TEACHER?: Email addresses are on the website HERE.