Thursday, September 21, 2017

LAUSD Passport: What it is and how to sign up

LAUSD is encouraging parents to use their updated online parent portal called LAUSD Passport. It stands for Parent Access Support System Portal, and you can use it to monitor your child's attendance, grades, and more.

LAUSD has a step-by-step guide to signing up - you can view in English or Spanish.

The one difficulty I had was figuring out my children's LAUSD District ID number. It turns out that the easiest place to find it is on your child's progress report or report card - it's a number that starts with your child's numerical birthdate, and then has an additional four letters and numbers.

If you can't find a progress report or report card, have your child ask a teacher - apparently they all have that number in their files.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New Magnet Schools for the 2018-2019 School Year

As previously mentioned, the Choices Application for the 2018-2019 year becomes available on October 2, 2017. There will be 35 new schools to choose from, including four full school magnets and 31 new magnet centers. I've listed the new schools below, separated by the grades they serve.

Full School Magnets:

Garvanza ES (1-5): Technology and Leadership
Rosewood ES (1-5): Urban Planning and Urban Design
Stonehurst ES (1-5): STEAM

Burbank MS (6-8): STEAM

Magnet Centers:

Melvin ES (K-5): Humanities and Leadership
Mosk ES (K-5): STEAM

93rd Street ES (1-5): STEAM
Griffith Joyner ES (1-5): Visual and Performing Arts
Haddon ES (1-5): STEAM
Hamasaki ES (1-5): Medicine and Science
Manchester ES (1-5): Communications and Broadcasting
Sendak ES (1-5): Arts, Communication and Technology
Sunny Brae ES (1-5): Global Awareness
White ES (1-5): Visual and Performing Arts

Barton Hills ES (1-6): STEAM and Collaborative

Annalee ES (2-5): STEAM
Cimarron ES (2-5): STEAM

Dayton Heights ES (3-5): Urban Environmental Science

Dodson MS (6-8): Visual and Performing Arts
Hollenbeck MS (6-8): Law and Public Service
Lawrence MS (6-8): Pioneering Science
Nightingale MS (6-8): Medicine, Health and Kinesiology
Northridge MS (6-8): Medical and Health Careers
Obama Global Prep (6-8): STEAM
Romer MS (6-8): Gifted/Highly Gifted/High Ability/Humanities
Southeast MS (6-8): STEAM
Sutter MS (6-8): STEAM and Leadership

Franklin HS (6-12): Dual Language

Bernstein HS (9-12): Cinematic Arts and Creative Technologies
Dymally HS (9-12): Biomedical Science and Research
Fairfax Police Academy (9-12)
Gardena HS (9-12): Public Law and Public Service
Grant HS (9-12): Humanities for Interdisciplinary Studies
Monroe HS (9-12): Firefighter Academy
Rancho Dominguez Prep (9-12): Law, Government and Public Service

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Choices Application will be available on October 2, 2017

The Choices Application will become available on October 2, 2017. If you're interested in applying for a spot at a magnet school during the 2018-2019 school year, you'll want to be sure to complete the application by the November 9, 2017 deadline.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Monday, September 11, 2017

The first Magnet Fairs of 2017 are coming up later this month!

On Thursday, September 28, you can check out magnet middle schools at Sepulveda Middle School. The fair will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sepulveda Middle School is located at 15330 Plummer Street in North Hills 91343.

On Friday, September 29, you can check out magnet high schools at Monroe High School. The fair will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monroe High School is located at 9229 Haskell Ave. in North Hills 91343.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Why It's Important to Complete the LAUSD Application for Meal Benefits

Children from lower-income families may qualify for free or reduced-cost meals at school - just fill out the meal benefits application at You must fill out the application if your child is to receive free or reduced-cost meals throughout the school year.

But what you may not know is that the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced cost meals can determine how much federal funding your school receives.

If your child's school is a "Title I school," that means it qualifies for federal funding under a federal law called Title I. Qualification for Title I funding depends on the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced-cost meals at school.

For Title I schools, the meal application is vitally important since so much funding hinges on the number of students who qualify for benefits. The threshold to qualify as a Title I school changes from year to year, but has been around the 50% mark.

Even if you don't qualify for benefits, it helps your school if you complete the application because the administration is looking to capture all of those students who do qualify, and they'll only know that's happened if 100% of the applications are completed. If you are positive you won't qualify, there is a box you can check during the application process to state you are not applying for benefits.

Friday, September 1, 2017

It's not too late to enroll your child into a Magnet Program for the 2017-2018 school year!

If your child did not get into a magnet program for the new school year, you may still be able to find a program for him or her.

Contact the school(s) you're interested in and see if they have any openings at your child's grade level. Alternatively, you can contact Student Integration Services at (213) 241-4177 - they may be able to tell you which schools have space available for your child's grade.

The deadline is in early September, so don't delay!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Announcing the LAUSD Magnets Handbook: A Guide to Getting Your Child into an LAUSD Magnet School

Have you wondered what on earth a magnet school is?

Have you tried to figure out the magnet school application process, without success?

Have you puzzled over what the heck priority points are?

Help has arrived! LAUSD Magnets Handbook: A Guide to Getting Your Child into an LAUSD Magnet School demystifies the magnet school admissions process and answers your questions about what exactly that process is and how to navigate it. It's a short and easy read, but jam packed with the answers you need.

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