Girls Academic Leadership Academy

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Basic Information

Address: 1067 West Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90019
County: Los Angeles
District: LAUSD
Phone Number: (323) 900-4532
Principal: Liz Hicks

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Additional Information

School Type: All Girls Middle and High School
State District ID: CA
State School ID: CA
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
Founded: 2016
School Setting:

School is located mid-city just south of Hancock Park. GALA is gated and co-located on the LA High campus.

School Schedule (Hours in Day): 8:15am-3:15pm
School Holidays: LAUSD Schedule
School Colors: Purple/Gray
School Mascot: Goddess
School Size: Full span in 2020, 6th-12th with 100 per grade level.
Classroom Teachers: GALA faculty are some of the best teachers in Los Angeles who are committed to providing the highest academic preparation, utilizing an individualized whole-child approach to bring out the strengths in all of our young women. Advisories, the foundation of our approach, meet daily to provide academic, social-emotional and leadership skills.
Student/Teacher Ratio: 25:1, some classes may vary plus or minus
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Chromebooks, Laptops, and a MakerSpace

School Clubs:

Leadership/Ambassadors, Speech and Debate, Environmental Science, Games, Harry Potter, Art

Lunch Availability: Yes
Parking Spaces/Availability:

Staff only

Uniform Guidelines:

Uniform requirements on the website.

Mission Statement:

Recognizing that an achievement and participation gap exists in LAUSD between female and male students in STEM related disciplines; that women are underrepresented in STEM-related fields and careers; that a single-gender academy increases the diversity of California’s public educational offering, and that research shows that an all-girls school has a significant impact on the academic achievement and self-confidence of young women, GALA will provide a highly rigorous college preparatory STEM- focused education in an all-girls environment based on voluntary enrollment that fosters academic excellence, ethical leadership, and intellectual curiosity. GALA instills the core values of excellence, leadership, and wellness throughout the school.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Through a highly rigorous college preparatory curriculum, the Girls Academic Leadership Academy of Los Angeles (GALA) will provide girls with a clear pathway to college in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Girls will graduate from GALA with a strong, confident, and independent voice, with collaborative and compassionate leadership skills, and with a sense of self and community.

Enrollment Characteristics: 100 girls per grade by application.
School History:

Girls Academic Leadership Academy was founded by Elizabeth Hicks, the lead writer on the GALA school design, which was unanimously approved by the LAUSD Board of Education. She fought to bring an all-girls PUBLIC school model to LAUSD for over 3 years and her passion for providing a world class STEM education for girls led her to the creation of GALA.

In 2012, GALA was just a vision - a dream to provide an outstanding college preparatory education for exceptional young women regardless of their economic circumstances - an all-girls public school. Today, GALA girls have the opportunity to not only become trailblazers in the STEM fields, but also to develop into self-confident young women and strong leaders in any field they wish to pursue. The all-girls environment fosters academic excellence and intellectual curiosity.

Notes/School Information:

We welcome all girls within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) who are committed to a highly rigorous, college preparatory curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).