Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Wishing you a healthy and happy 2018, and your desired result with the Choices application!

Friday, December 15, 2017

2018-2019 Confirmation/Correction Letters are now available

LAUSD today sent out the Confirmation/Correction Letters for the 2018-2019 school year. You should have received an email with the heart-stopping subject line "Urgent Message Regarding Your Child's 2018-2019 Choices Application."

It's only urgent in the sense that you should check it as soon as possible for errors. You especially want to make sure the school(s) listed are the ones you applied for, and that the correct number of priority points is shown.

If you find any errors, be sure to contact LAUSD as soon as possible at (213) 241-4177.

If you didn't receive the email with a clickable link to the letter, log in at, then click on "My Messages" at the top right of the dashboard.

Assuming everything on the Confirmation/Correction letter is correct, you will next hear from LAUSD no sooner than February, when eligibility letters for Gifted/High Ability or Highly Gifted magnets will be sent.

Monday, November 13, 2017

What to Expect after Submitting the Choices Application

Now that you've submitted your Choices application, you might be wondering what happens next. Here's a brief timeline:

December 2017: Confirmation/Correction letters are sent. Online applicants should receive an email stating that the letter can be viewed online. Paper applicants will receive the letter via snail mail. The Confirmation/Correction letter states that your application has been received, indicates which school(s) you applied to, and any priority points your child may have. It also states whether any corrections are required.

February 2018: If you applied to a Gifted/High Ability or Highly Gifted magnet program, you will receive a separate notification regarding your child's eligibility or ineligibility for the program.

March 2018: Notification/Waiting List letters are sent.  All letters should be sent via snail mail, regardless of how you applied. However, online applicants may be able to view their letters online before receiving their snail mail letter. If your child is accepted to a school you'd like him or her to attend, congratulations - and be sure to follow the instructions in the letter to claim your spot!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Reminder: Choices Application is due tomorrow!

This is a quick reminder that the Choices Application is tomorrow - it must be postmarked or received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

If you're still debating where to apply, the LAUSD Magnets Handbook, is my short e-book that explains what factors you should be taking into consideration and how to prioritize your choices. It can help you quickly narrow down your choices, and figure out the order in which to rank your choices.

Good luck!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Just a quick reminder that the Choices Application is due one week from today. Your application must be postmarked or received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

If you are still wondering how to decide where to apply, be sure to check out the LAUSD Magnets Handbook, my short e-book that explains what factors you should be taking into consideration and how to prioritize your choices.

Good luck!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Why Choose a Magnet School?

There are lots of reasons to want your child to attend a magnet school, but most parents I know (including myself) have chosen magnet schools because we want our children to excel academically.

And our choices are backed up by the recent report that magnet schools performed extremely well on the most recent standardized state assessment test (often referred to as the SBAC or Smarter Balance test).

The focus of the LAUSD-produced report is on how magnet schools outperformed charter schools, but the report also states that magnets significantly outperformed non-magnet LAUSD schools as well.

Additionally, the LA Times recently reported that five of the top ten high schools with the highest college-going rates were magnet schools.

So if your priority is academic excellence, you should definitely consider a magnet school for your child.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

How to Get Your Child Into an LAUSD Magnet School: A step by step guide

The 2018-2019 Choices Application is now available. Here's a step-by-step guide to getting your child into a magnet school:

1. The first thing you need to do is determine your objective. Do you want your child to be admitted this year, or do you just want to accumulate wait list points?

2. If your goal is wait list points, then use the Choices Brochure to look for schools that have few openings and received lots of applications. This will maximize your chance of not getting in.

3. If your goal is admission, then you must next determine what school(s) you would like your child to attend. This means you should go on tours, speak with families whose children attend the schools you're considering, and learn everything you can about the school to figure out which school(s) would be the best fit for your child and your family.

4. Once you know what school(s) you will apply to, you can complete the Choices Application.

5. If you are only applying to accumulate wait list points, apply to only one school, and check "no" when asked if you want your child's name shared with other schools in the event he or she is wait listed.

6. If you are applying with the goal of admission, the decision of how many schools to apply to is more complicated. If you have a second and/or third choice that you would be fine with, you should probably list them, but if you feel strongly that your child would do best at your first choice school and you believe there is a good chance he or she would be admitted off the wait list, then you might not want to list a second school. (Your child would only be wait listed at your first choice school if he or she does not get into your second or third choice school.)

7. Double check all of the information on your application before you submit it.

8. When you receive the application confirmation letter, be sure to check for any errors, especially any errors regarding points. If you find an error, be sure to follow the instructions in the letter to correct it.

9. If your child is admitted to a school you want him or her to attend, congratulations! Be sure to follow the instructions in the admittance letter to accept the spot.

If you want more detailed information on getting your child into a magnet school, check out my e-book, LAUSD Magnets Handbook: A Guide to Getting Your Child into an LAUSD Magnet School, which is just $2.99 at Amazon!