We have been at this school since it began and my daughter entered the 9th grade. She is now in 11th grade and is ready to begin the college application process. This school has provided not only amazing learning opportunities for her with a mastery mindset philosophy and STEM focused APs but the chance for my daughter to blossom and find herself. High school is tough and the socio-emotional experiences offered in advisory along with the overall fostering of leadership qualities in all of the girls on campus makes for an amazing one-of-a-kind environment for young women to really develop into confident trailblazers of the future
We love GALA. My daughter has been at GALA since it opened. We drive almost 20 miles to get to GALA and it’s worth it (love my carpool). Smaller class size, set office hours for ALL teachers and teachers genuinely care about the students. Lots of field trips to places like Google, JPL, USC Hospital (first tour for students ever), Aerospace Corp and SnapChat headquarters to name a few. Mayors office has adopted GALA providing instruction from Engineering Professionals (SPARK). College Counselor. Accessible Principal. Truly where girls love to be smart, self confident and successful. Down side, my daughter is so confident, she now knows everything and I know nothing.
Thank you GALA! 😂
GALA has been an incredible experience for my daughter and my family. We signed on to the school the first year it opened (2016) and had no idea what to expect... My daughter went from an "I don't like math" kid to an "I love math" kid... all because of her amazing GALA teachers. I could not afford to apply to the private all-girls schools and we were so thrilled when we found GALA. The girls have made incredible friendships and GALA's Advisory program which focuses on a social-emotional lens for teenage girls is like no other in the district. This is a brand new school and, as such, is growing and changing every day. Winter 2019, we have a brand new bathroom building. GALA added a full time music teacher, graphic arts teacher, college counselor, AP classes, etc. The benefit of being in a smaller school on a larger campus is having access to the facilities... an indoor pool, tennis courts, track and field, a theater. Although they don't focus on standardized tests, the 6th and 7th grade (the only ones that have taken it so far) Caasp scores are better than most any other school nearby. You walk around campus and you truly see the next leaders, trailblazers, and innovators of tomorrow. The great part about LA is that there are so many public, magnet, and charter school choices and the challenge is finding the right fit for your child. For us, we have been thrilled with GALA.
This is the school that my daughter has been waiting for her whole life! The teachers are stellar, the academics are amazing, and the extracurriculars are off the chain! I expect the school to become the model of public schools in Los Angeles. Thank you GALA for enriching my daughter’s life.
We've been at GALA since it opened and every year gets better. I feel my daughter truly has a voice in her world for the first time. The teachers have been attentive and compassionate, and there have been so many different opportunities (SPARK program, sports, music, arts, robotics, sign language and student leadership). Being on the LA High campus, the school can continue to grow and takes advantage of all the large-school resources - indoor swimming pool, track, tennis courts and fully-equipped science labs. I feel that my daughter is getting a great education and the best part is that she loves to go to school every day.
My daughter has gone since the start. We first met Dr. Hicks at a Starbucks when GALA was just an idea. She is a hero. Her vision to bring to public school girls the kind of experience that one usually has to pay for has been realized. Does it have all the bells and whistles of more established schools, no? But, it does have students and teachers who opted in to come here, which means you get a more motivated student body and staff. I think 6th grade is particularly strong.
This is the school my daughter has been waiting for her whole life! The teachers are rock stars and administrators are truly there for the love of education, not personal profit like some of the charters. It's not a charter, but a regular public school, and a shining example of the direction LAUSD is taking. The classes are amazing, and my daughter has been offered many opportunities for after school enrichment as well. The only in seventh grade, she has already made her first A by taking a college class on campus after school, she has learned how to suture with real surgical equipment, and she has been in two Shakespeare plays! I highly recommend this school!
My daughter has acclimated really well into middle school at GALA. The curriculum is engaging. She is not swamped with homework, but what she does have is always meaningful. The teachers are role models and encourage open communication with the girls. They're creative and approach their subjects in ways that keep the material fresh. They are available for extra help. I particularly like that the academic expectations are clearly outlined so the students have it in their power to succeed. I approached middle school with a lot of apprehension and anxiety, and I've been pleasantly surprised by how well this school manages the transition from elementary school to the upper grades.
The teachers and the courses are amazing here at GALA! Lots of AP classes and electives that support the principal's vision of producing Smart, Confident, and Successful women professionals. Yes, it's not a "regular" public school. The place is a "playground" for your young leaders, innovative thinkers, and future women visionaries. If you have daughters who are willing to take on the rigors and hard work that come with it, this is the place for them. My girls come from a private school and were happy there. When we moved, I had worries and reservations. What with the school being new and small and co-located with a big high school. But when my 6th grader comes home everyday and can't stop talking about the things she learns in school and how supportive the teachers are, I know she's happier! When my shy 9th grader comes home and talks about having awesome friends and signed up for sports and AP Bio class, I know we have come to a BETTER place!
Our 10 year old graduated from a high performing LAUSD elementary school and luckily got into GALA. She wasn't sure about the STEM focus and lots of PE (in her mind) as she hated math and PE and frankly wasn't great at either. This is why GALA's teachers and admin are incredible. The way they teach, with a learning mindset (I can't do it "yet"), a supportive attitude and empowering these young women, has made my kid into someone who loves maths :) and shows me the proper positioning on how to do squats. Is it perfect? No, it is a startup. However, similarly to their teaching approach; the school, the admin, the teachers are all part of the learning mindset. If you are ok with a place that uses the latest research in teaching methods; meets every kids where they are at; is an all girls', culturally, economically and ethnically environment and strongly feminist; then this is the place for you.
“As the first graduating class of 2020, we liked to refer to ourselves as guinea pigs, as we were the first to do everything (in High School) at GALA. As a brand new school, there wasn't a path for us to follow, so instead, we paved one for ourselves. Now, we take that experience out into the world as innovators and pioneers! And those same girls I sat with on the first day at GALA are now heading out to amazing colleges to be doctors, scientists, and world leaders.”
- Class of 2020 Valedictorian
“GALA has given me a community I don’t think I would have found at any other school. The school has allowed me to grow without the fear of being judged and has helped grow my confidence exponentially. My favorite thing about going to an all-girls STEM school is seeing girls in positions of leadership.”
- Class of 2020 Salutatorian
“My favorite thing about going to an all-girls STEM school was being in a safe and comfortable environment to grow as a strong female leader. GALA has given me the best friends I could ask for and the foundation for a great life of success.”
- Class of 2020 Graduate
“The GALA teachers are so supportive of the students. All my teachers encouraged me to do better and reach for my dreams, which has led me to go to a great college.”
- Class of 2020 Graduate
“These years at GALA have been transformative. They’ve challenged us to do better. To be better. This is what an empowered woman looks like. We have used our drive and tenacity, not to tear each other apart, but to encourage each other to keep going. We refuse to let stereotypes stifle our self confidence and determination. Our athletes prove that “playing like a girl” is the highest compliment. Classmates swoop in to help each other study even when you have your own test to worry about. When we stand up for ourselves and each other, we give the most valuable gift, empowerment. We are the authors of our own next chapter. To our parents an staff, thank you for giving us the torch of power and patiently teaching us how to wield it. ”
- Class of 2024 Student
“GALA inspires me to take the thoughts and ideas I had as a kid and turn it into something tangible. For the first time, I’m at a school where I feel empowered to take these ideas and put them toward the change I want to see. When you are young, you are always told to wait until you are grown to make big changes to make big decisions but, at GALA, I’ve been empowered to break the association between being young and being powerless. Here, today, I am empowered to think big, to make big change, I am empowered to not wait silently until later. I am powered to act today”
- Class of 2024 Student