Tuesday, February 6, 2018

LAUSD 2018-2019 Calendar


The LAUSD board has approved the 2018-2019 calendar. It's very similar to the last few years:

  • School once again starts in August (the 14th to be exact)
  • Thanksgiving break is the entire week
  • Winter break is three weeks long 
  • School ends the first week of June
  • The major difference is that spring break is very late and starts on April 15

You can view and download the calendar by clicking here.

Hang in there! Acceptance/waitlist letters should go out next month!

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 apply.lausd.net, 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.