Most of our electives occur in the 7th period. 


SIXTH GRADE: Not listed here is our 6th Grade Elective wheel. Students are required to do this wheel and then have a choice of the electives below in addition the wheel. The wheel can change each year. For 2020-2021, the wheel is Creative Writing, Music, Horticulture, and College/Career intros.

SPANISH: Spanish is available to some 7th and 8th graders, with priority to our High School students that need 2 years of language to graduate.

MUSIC: Music is available to 7th grade and up as an elective during the academic day if the student is not taking Spanish. 6th graders wanting music can take that as a 7th period elective and will also be in their elective wheel.

ARCHITECTURE: The study of design and engineering is available during the academic day. More info HERE.

AFTER SCHOOL: We offer other classes after school (for credit) through the West LA College. In the past these courses have included Art/Drawing, Art History, and American Sign Language.



An introduction to the aerospace industry and aeronautics. From the physics and mechanics of flight and launch to satellites and orbits. Students taught how to use GALA’s on-campus flight simulators to simulate flight patterns and landings. Hands-on projects may include basic rocketry, flight vehicle and payload design, and aerodynamic wind tunnel testing of a flying toy plane.

No Application.


The focus is on the creation and performance of original student dance works and learning of and performance of choreographic works of others. Students will engage in the processes of creation, rehearsal, and performance of dance pieces; develop ensemble skills; deepen movement recall skills; and refine performance skills. 

Audition Required.


Students will study the basic principles of print and online journalism as they examine the role of printed news media in our society. They learn investigative skills, responsible reporting, and journalistic writing techniques as they read, respond to, and write their own news and feature articles in the GALA Newspaper.

No Application

Orchestra Ensemble/ World Music

The emphasis is to develop student achievement through the study of comparatively simple orchestra literature.  The course also emphasizes learning music from many cultures and regions. There are two sections in this class. 

World Music - No Experience Required.

Ensemble - Audition only.


Students in Middle School Speech explore principles of public speaking and creative speech writing. They work on oral presentation skills and present original writing.

No application.


Work as a team to conceptualize, write, photograph, design and document the school yearbook. Students should have an attention to detail, design, and writing.

Application required.


Bio Medical Technology: Explore concepts of Biology and medicine including medical interventions.


No prerequisite.


PLEASE NOTE: This course happens every other year. This will not be a course for 2020-2021


Students in Engineering learn how to think and design like an engineer with hands-on projects in mechanical and civil engineering. Learn about the different kinds of engineers and the career pathways. They work as a team to participate in MATE Underwater Roving Vehicle competition and other competitions. They also participate in rocketry.

No Application.


Students explore mathematical concepts that are not typically taught in the everyday math classroom through games, demonstrations, and projects. Activities will support classroom learning, enrich skills with higher order thinking and problem solving, and prepare students for future competitions such as the Math Olympiad, National Science Bowl, or the Academic Pentathlon.

No Application

Poetry Slam

Dive deep into poetry… write, read, perform, and record dynamic poetry. Students must be available for end of semester performances.

Applicaton Required.


In this class, students will be introduced to the basic concepts of theatre arts.  Students will use various creative drama techniques to build confidence and trust, stimulate imagination, movement, and role-play.  Through theatre games and activities, students will learn to lose inhibitions, gain trust in themselves, as well as others in their groups.

No application.

Youth In Law

Youth and Law: Participate in a Mock Trial competition where you will learn about the legal profession, diplomacy, and all aspects of the legal profession. Must be available for some weekend competitions.

Info survey required. 


As a team, write, develop, produce and film weekly Good Morning GALA broadcast. Students learn to build a weekly news/entertainment show, research stories, film segments, and editing the final product. The team uses the campus, as well as, our Broadcast "green screen" room. 

Application required.

Environmental Studies

Environmental Science explores principles of environmental science. Students build foundational knowledge in the principles of botany, ecology, agriculture, and geology.  In addition, they plan and execute the GALA Earth Day festival in Spring semester.

No application


Provide leadership for the Middle School Student Council and High School Associated Student Body. Students work in teams to plan and execute school events. These events include Spirit Week, Club Rush, Dances, Earth Day, etc.

6th Grade Application Required. All other grades elected the previous school year.


There are two separate classes/teams for Middle School and High School. Students learn how to build and code robots and work as a team to participate in competitions. Students will have access to a classroom dedicated to the robotics competition field. Must be available for some after school work and weekend competition. Click HERE for more inf.

No application.

Women's Studies

This course examines the role of women in society from historical, literary and social perspectives. Students review advertising, media and social media to gain perspective of how societal expectations are shaped for girls and women, role of women and their involvement in health, history, and political activism,  and gender stereotypes.

No Application.

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