special programs



anesthesiology biomedical lab

GALA has a partnership with the UCLA Anesthesiology Biomedical Lab. Students participate in a field trip to the UCLA simulation lab.

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WiSTEM (Women in stem)

In coordination with the LA City Mayor's office and USC, this program promotes and educations on women entering the STEM fields. GALA students participate in environmental research through this initiative. 


pathways to medicine

This popular program is presented in our Science classes. Experts teach how to draw blood, set an IV, and suture.


girls build la

GBLA is a program where girls in Middle School and High School are arranged into teams Civic Engagement and Leadership, or College Access and STEM Education. GALA's team decided to focus in College Access and STEM Educacation because only 24% of women are in STEM. In 2014 only 3% of highschool girls were interested in engineering.


women's institute

Empowering Leadership Through STEM!


Million Women Mentors and Senator Holly Mitchell has partnered with GALA.The Women’s Institute for Girls (WIG) aims to help young female residents of Senator’s Holly J. Mitchell’s Central and South Los Angeles district develop and successfully pursue careers of their choice. The Institute provides support networks, offers exposure, and emphasizes academic excellence. http://sd30.senate.ca.gov/WIG



At a Women in STEM symposium in 2017, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that GALA was chosen to initiate the SPARK Program in Los Angeles to provide an engaging curriculum for GALA students that includes engineering and design challenges. HNTB engineers, along with city engineers teach students about major engineering projects in the city. Heather Repenning, Board of Public Works Commissioner. “This innovative program engages students in hands-on activities with industry practitioners to generate excitement and interest to pursue STEM careers in the design, construction and engineering of public infrastructure projects.” 





institute of classical art & architecture

6th grade GALA students study about the Classical Architecture tradition through their Ancient Civilization class. ICAA is working with the High School Architecture curriculum and internships for students who have completed the 2-year program.


level up village

Globalizing the classroom, Level Up Village connects GALA students with peers in other countries – students exchange video letters with their global partner students and collaborate on projects.  6th grade students read "I am Malala" and exchanged ideas about the book with students in other countries. Past collaborations have included Kenya, Jordan, India, and South Africa.


harvey mudd

In preparation for AP Seminar and AP Research, GALA girls participate in the Harvey Mudd Portfolio Day to learn about Senior research projects. 


mount st. mary's live on the mount

GALA Girls participate in the Mt. St Mary's live on the mount. GALA students are introduced to the university and Mt. Saint Mary's hosts an on-site admissions event at GALA.

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get lit poetry jam

GALA received a grant from the LAUSD Arts Initiative for a partnership to mentor the GALA Poetry Slam elective. 


dance & dialogue

GALA students treated to day of celebrating dance.

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The Los Angeles City Attorney participates in discussions with our 7th graders to learn about law and how the city works.


la brea tar pits teen program

GALA students participated in research projects at the La Brea Tar Pits over the course of a semester.


olokun culture group drumming

Najite and Metabrafor Agindotan taught GALA music students classic drum circles.


national center for women in tech

Programs with GALA girls in technology.


mock trial

Girls train and participate in a mock trial competition.


academic pentathlon

Middle School competition with a mix of academic levels.

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