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GALA ELECTIVES

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVES 

Most electives occur in the 7th period, Tuesday-Friday each week. 

For the GALA 7th Period Elective Handbook for 2023-2024, CLICK HERE.

Middle School (check grade level requirements below): Aerospace, Art History, Broadcast, Choir, Dance, English Language Development, Ethnic Studies, Game Design, Graphic Arts, Journalism, Leadership, Math Lab, Robotics, Spanish 1 & 2, Yearbook

 

High School: Broadcast, Choir, Constitutional Law (Mock Trial), Dance, Engineering, Engineering Dynamics (Architecture), English Language Development, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Leadership, Marine Biology, Robotics, Spanish 1&2, Speech & Debate, Sports Management, Yearbook

PERIODS 1-6 ELECTIVES 

 

SIXTH GRADE: Not listed here is our 6th Grade Elective wheel. Students are required to do this wheel and then have a choice of a 7th period elective in addition to the wheel. The wheel is 4 different classes of 10 weeks each. The wheel can change each year and for 2023-2024, the wheel is: Aerospace, Creative Writing, Intro to Computer Science, Global Studies.

COMPUTER SCIENCE: This elective class is in the 6th grade elective wheel and also available to 7th and 8th graders. High School has the option for Exploring Computer Science, AP Computer Principles and AP Computer Science A (Java).

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. 

ARCHITECTURE: The study of design and engineering is available during the academic day for 7th-12th grades. Typically, 6th grade has a unite on Classical Architecture in History. More info HERE.

AFTER SCHOOL

Please visit the after-school page for additional classes.

ELECTIVES

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Grades 6-8

Aerospace
Middle School

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

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.
Priority is given to students who have not yet taken this course.

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Grades 7-8

Architecture Design
Middle School 

PERIODS 1-6 ELECTIVE

Students will engage in exploratory architecture and engineering activities to gain skills with dimensioning, drawing, modeling, and design. Students will learn about careers in these fields and engage in hands-on projects throughout the year.

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Grades 9-12

Engineering
High School

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

This elective will introduce students to a wide variety of engineering studies and careers through engaging discussions, competitions, design and building activities, research, field trips and guest speakers. Topics include structural, mechanical, biomedical, aerospace, chemical, environmental, and electrical engineering along with fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and engineering economics.

 

This course is not repeatable and is only open to students who have not yet taken it.

For High School, fulfills the "F" Visual Performing Arts Requirement for A-G.

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Grades 9-12

Constitutional Law (Mock Trial)

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Students can participate in the class without being on the team. Tryouts for the team are held at the beginning of the school year within the class. 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 evening and weekend competitions. GALA has been in the finals for the last 2 years. Student repeating the course can not receive additional credit.

Fulfills the "G" College Prep Elective Requirement for High School A-G.

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Grades 6-8

Game Design
Middle School

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Students will learn all the parts of making a video game: creating original artwork, recording and editing music and sound, writing stories and dialogue, and programming. Students will also examine representation in video games and create characters that better reflect real people. In the second semester, student teams will apply your skills and creativity to create an original game.

 Priority is given to students who have not yet taken this course.

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Grades 9-12

Graphic Design 2
Branding & Design

PERIODS 1-6

 This is an ADVANCED graphics class for those students who are interested in learning more about the graphic design field. The students will use the elements of art and principles of design and incorporate them into ARTWORK and also digital works.

 

Prerequisite: Graphic Design 1

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Grades 6-12

Leadership

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

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, Pep Rallies, Diversity Day, Fall Festival, etc. Some events may be after school or on the weekend.

6th Grade is by application only. 7th-12th are elected into student council / ASB the previous school year.

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Grades 7-8

Music
Middle School

PERIODS 1-6

Includes a variety of experiences and activities such as singing, listening, reading and writing music, creating music and playing simple classroom instruments such as guitar, drums, keyboard, bells and recorder. The course provides opportunity for growth in understanding musical concepts such as rhythm, melody, form, tempo, dynamics and harmony. The course develops interest in music from a variety of cultures.

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Grades 6-8

Robotics
Middle School

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

 Students learn how to build and code robots and work as a team to participate in First Lego League competitions. There will be some after school work and weekend competitions. Click HERE for more info.

No prerequisite.

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Grades 7, 9-12

Spanish 2

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Working on the foundational skills in Spanish 1, students increase their knowledge of and proficiency in Spanish spoken and written language. This course is a great choice for students who are enrolling in PE class or art and do not have room during Periods 1 - 6 to take Spanish.

FULFILLS “E” LOTE Requirement for graduation/A-G requirements.

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Grades 7-12

Yearbook

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

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.

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Grades 9-12

Music Technology
High School

PERIODS 1-6

This class introduces students to using recording software and hardware tools for producing music. The class will stress application and creative content, using a series of project-based learning activities which includes student exposure to performing with electronic instruments and vocal recording, multi-track recording and arranging.

** This course is not available for the 2023-2024 school year.

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Grades 9-12

Architecture Design  High School 

PERIODS 1-6 ELECTIVE

Provides students with an understanding of architecture through design, computer-aided drawing (CAD), architectural history, and meeting ADA requirements and sustainable (green) tech. Students use practical experience through CAD, architectural history projects, green based design projects, and ADA based challenges to demonstrate knowledge in the fields of architecture and engineering. Students design structures to solve real-world problems while implementing technology to prepare their solutions. 

 

Prerequisite: Engineering Dynamics​

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Grades 9-12

Architecture Engineering Dyn. 

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE & PERIOD 1-6

This is the first course offered in the Architecture CTE pathway and required f Architectural Design. Students are introduced to standard engineering and design practices for residential and commercial projects. This is a hands-on, project-based class where students complete projects including elements of design, planning, documentation, communication and other skills needed for the field. This course will be offered once during Periods 1 - 6 and as a 7th Period elective. This elective is a great choice for students who are interested in architecture and design but don’t have room to take it during Period 1 - 6.

Fulfills the "G" College Prep Elective Requirement for High School A-G.

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Grades 7-12

Broadcast
(GM GALA)

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Students work 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, and telecaster technology. This class may also have the opportunity to gain additional experience through collaboration with Journalism.

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Grades 6-12

Dance
Middle/High School

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

This course is for intermediate to advanced dance students and focuses on street jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip hop. Dance technique strengthens musicality, choreography ability and strength while exploring personal expression through emotion and storytelling. There are some after school practices and must be available for Winter/Spring concerts.

For High School, fulfills the "F" Visual Performing Arts Requirement for A-G.

Audition required: see your elective submissions form for links. 

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Grades 6-8

Graphic Arts

Middle School

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Students learn the basic concepts of graphic design, color theory, elements of design, principals of design, production, and how to apply these concepts to produce graphic products consistent with industry standards. Students will also learn of career choices in the field of Graphic Communications and entrepreneurial aspects of graphic arts

 Priority is given to students who have not yet taken this course.

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Grades 6-8

Journalism
Middle School

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Students study the principles of print and online journalism as they examine the role of news media in our society. They learn investigative skills, responsible reporting, and journalistic writing techniques.

Middle School students responsible for the GALA Online Magazine.

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Grades 6-8

Math Lab
Middle School

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Self-selected by students for those that would like more support in math. During this elective, students will have opportunities to ask questions, work on math homework, and get extra practice and instruction for any topics in which they may struggle. Math Lab instructors may use IXL, Khan Academy, DeltaMath, CPM parent guides, or Kuta, among other tools to help students master standards and fill in any gaps in knowledge.

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Grades 7-8

Music (Choir)
Middle School

PERIODS 1-6

The course develops the skills necessary for ensemble singing. Students will sing with appropriate technique and expression. Music will represent a variety of genres and time periods, including sacred music (spirituals and gospel music), secular music, world/multicultural music, folk music, and novelty music (including popular music and Broadway show tunes). Students should be available for the Winter and Spring concerts.

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Grades 9-12

Robotics
High School

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Students learn how to build and code robots and work as a team to participate in the First Robotics Tech Challenge. GALA has three teams that compete with a variety of roles on each team. If you like graphic design, social media management, documenting the engineering process, video production, organizing outreach, fundraising, finance, building and coding, robotics is a good fit for you! Students will have access to a classroom dedicated to the robotics competition field. To be a part of the Robotics Team, students must be available for some after school work and weekend competition. No prerequisite or prior experience needed. If you think you might be interested, fill out the form HERE and select it on your choice form. Click HERE for more info.

Additional “D” Science credit for graduation/A-G requirements for 2023-24.

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Grades 9-12

Speech & Debate
High School

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

This course will give students an introduction to a variety of public speaking and formal debate styles. Students will gain skills in literary analysis, research, critical thinking, public speaking, organization, and advocacy. Students may participate as a team in a formal debate tournament.

Fulfills the "G" College Prep Elective Requirement for High School A-G.

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Grades 9-12

Biomedical

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Students investigate the application of technology to living organisms which involve a range of activities and projects. Bio Medical Technology introduces students to biomedical research, ethics in science, animal research, vaccines, DNA, human physiology, biology, and forensics. Students learn to master lab skills and equipment. 

This course is usually offered every other year. This course not available for 2023-2024.

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Grades 9-12

Sports Management
High School

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

This course focuses on managing an Interscholastic High School Athletics Program. Topics include managing an athletics calendar, scheduling contests, ordering and managing equipment and uniforms, transportation, facilities and permits, etc. Students will work with the GALA Athletic Director putting skills into practice. Students will also be a Team Manager for at least one sport during the year. They will attend games as scorekeeper, statistician, or timer, as well as assist the coach with pre-game responsibilities such as set up and rosters. Students must be available to attend games with the team(s) in which they manage. Students may also support office staff with duties as needed.

** This course is not available for the 2023-2024 school year.

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Grades 11-12

Architecture Design 2  High School 

PERIODS 1-6 ELECTIVE

Students will apply their passion, skill, and knowledge toward two- and three- dimensional design projects. They will build on their work as architectural designers in the previous two courses, learning about universal design and sustainability in relation to the built environment. The course includes study in Architectural History, form making and representation. Problem-solving, analytical thinking and craftsmanship will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: Engineering Dynamics​ and Architectural Design 1

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Grades 6-8

Art History
Middle School

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Students explore diverse regions, including Asia, Europe, Africa, and Americas to learn about the history and culture through the lens of art. Students engage in hands-on activities to explore essential questions, such as "What is art and how is it made? Why and how does art change? How do we describe our thinking about art?" Students discuss an artwork's meaning, function, maker's methodology, and the ways it reflects and affects its historical and cultural context. Students create artwork (drawing, painting, sculpture, calligraphy, music, digital architecture).

This course is not repeatable.

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Grades 7-12

Choir
Middle/High School

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

The course develops the skills necessary for choral ensemble singing. Students develop skills in reading music, sign reading, ear training, vocal technique, and performance practice. This is a performance-based ensemble and students should be available for the Winter and Spring concerts, as well, as other performances in the school year.

Fulfills the "F" Visual Performing Arts Requirement for High School A-G.

Select 7th/8th graders with foundational choral singing skills will be added to the High School choir.

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Grades 6-8

Ethnic Studies
Middle School

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Students will examine how issues of race, cultural and ethnic diversity, language, and social, political and economic inequality have impacted the development of Southern California, with an emphasis on the city of Los Angeles. We will also explore how we, as the people who call this region home, have shaped it and what it might mean for future discourse. Students will be actively encouraged to engage in critical conversations, collaborative activities about these challenges, drawing from their lived experiences, backgrounds, and interests. Students can expect to engage in culturally rich field trips throughout the year. 

Priority is given to students who have not yet taken this course.

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Grades 9-12

Graphic Design 1

High School

PERIODS 1-6

The course includes problem solving skills, artistic perception, critical thinking and self-reflection as students apply the principles of design and elements of art using industry standard software. Projects include page layout, word processing, media techniques, digital illustration, vector drawing, photomontage, and photo touch/restoration as they provide students with a professional environment and responsibilities as beginning graphic designers.

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Grades 9-12

Latin American
Studies

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Students will review the cultural, social, and political histories of countries south of the border including Mexico, Central America, and South America. Students will explore the physical and political features of Latin America to become familiar with the geographic region, as well as the political, social, cultural and economic diversity of the region starting with early civilizations and colonization that lead to its complex social & political history.  Contemporary issues such as poverty, environmental problems, crime and migration patterns will also be addressed. It is an interdisciplinary course includes literature, music, art, and film.

Additional “A” History credit for graduation/A-G requirements.

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Grades 9-12

Marine
Biology

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Students will learn about different marine ecosystems and how they are connected to people & our way of life. Topics include how the ocean is able to sustain life, the ecosystem services that the ocean provides, as well as both positive and negative ways humans are impacting the ocean and sea creatures. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about specific species that interest them and will have many chances to be creative with many projects incorporated into the course.

Additional “D” Science credit for graduation/A-G requirements.

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Grades 8-12

Musical Theater
Vocal Ensemble

PERIODS 1-6

The class will cover the history of musical theater/Broadway musicals. You can expect to rehearse and perform scenes and numbers from musicals, including singing, acting, and choreography. There will not be a full-scale musical produced, but a musical review.

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Grades 7, 9-12

Spanish 1
 

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Students develop a basic proficiency in communicating in the Spanish language using real world descriptions and exchanges. Students learn how to decode simple texts and write sentences and paragraphs. Students learn about Spanish culture and the similarities and differences between Spanish speaking countries. This course is a great choice for students who are enrolling in PE class or art and do not have room during Periods 1 - 6 to take Spanish.

FULFILLS Year 1 of “E” LOTE Requirement for graduation/A-G requirements.

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Grades 9-12

Weight Lifting

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Students will articulate the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to maintain meaningful physical activity throughout their lifetime. Topics include: proper lifting form and technique, warm-up, cool down, and proper recovery, planes of motion and movement patterns, strength and conditioning, nutrition, and goal setting for fitness. Counts for one year of PE credit.

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Grades 9-12

Journalism
High School

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE

Students study the principles of print and online journalism as they examine the role of 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 Online Newspaper, The EchoMay have the opportunity to gain additional experience through collaboration with Broadcast.

Fulfills the "G" College Prep Elective Requirement for High School A-G.

** This course is not available for the 2023-2024 school year.

ELECTIVES FAQ

7TH PERIOD ELECTIVE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are electives for all grades?: Some electives are for Middle School, some are for HIgh School, and some for both.

Are there applications for electives?: Dance, Leadership (rising 6th), and Yearbook have applications.  Links are in your 7th period elective choice form that is posted at the end of each school year.

Are 7th Period Electives for the entire year?: Yes, 7th period electives are for the entire year. Please select carefully.

I heard my incoming 6th grader will have an elective wheel. Do we get a choice for that?: No. The elective wheel for 6th graders only is fixed - 4 classes that rotate every 10 weeks. For the 2023-2024, they are Aerospace, Creative Writing, Introduction to Computer Science, and World Cultures.

Does my daughter have to attend 7th period electives? Can she leave after 6th period?: No. The 7th period elective is a graded, academic course that will appear on your transcript. 

Do certain grades get priority?: Each elective is available to the grades indicated on the website. For some electives, priority is given. For example, if a High School student needs a Fine Art requirement to graduate, they would get priority. 

If I am a new student entering 7th-12th grade, can I choose Leadership?: Leadership is our ASB Associated Student Body elected positions. Our current (2021-2022) 6th-11th graders run for office during THIS school year. Those selected will serve in Leadership for 7th-12th grades NEXT year. Therefore, Leadership for 2022-2023 is only those elected students AND selected new 6th graders. 6th graders interested in leadership should submit an application the first week of school.

   

I see electives on the website that are not for 7th period. How would my daughter take those?: She would select those as choices in Periods 1-6.

I have more course selection questions: Reach out to our counselors. Middle School: rebecca.gross@lausd.net and High School: tara.hallinan@lausd.net.

7th period electives by grade

2023-2024

6th
Aerospace Engineering, Art History, Dance, Ethnic Studies, Game Design, Graphic Arts, Journalism, Leadership, Math Lab, Robotics
7th

Aerospace Engineering, Art History, Broadcast, Choir, Dance, Ethnic Studies, Game Design, Graphic Arts, Journalism, Leadership, Math Lab, Spanish 1, Robotics
8th

Aerospace Engineering, Art History, Broadcast, Choir, Dance, Ethnic Studies, Game Design, Graphic Arts, Journalism, Leadership, Math Lab, Robotics
9th - 12th Grades

Broadcast, Choir, Dance, Engineering, Engineering Dynamics (Architecture), Journalism, Latin American Studies, Leadership, Marine Biology, Mock Trial, Robotics, Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Speech & Debate, Sports Management, Yearbook
 

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