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!

Monday, October 2, 2017

What You Need to Know about the LAUSD Magnet School Choices Application

The 2018-2019 Choices Application is available today, Monday, October 2, 2017. If you're interested in getting your child into a magnet school next school year, or any time in the next few years, here's what you need to know:

1. The easiest way to apply is online at the LAUSD eChoices web site. If you prefer to fill out a paper application, you'll need to print one from the web site, or pick one up at an LAUSD school, Local District Office, LAUSD Headquarters, or Los Angeles City Library.

2. The answers to your questions are probably on the eChoices web site. There is a lot of information available there, as well as in the Choices Brochure.

3. If you can't figure out the answer to your question, you can usually get a live person on the phone by calling Student Integration Services at (213) 241-6572 (and being patient).

4. The Choices Brochure lists the number of openings this year and the number of applications received last year at each school. This information is very helpful in deciding what school you want to apply to, regardless of whether your goal is admission or wait list points.

5. Most schools have already scheduled their tours, and some require advance registration. If you can't find tour information on a school's web site, call their magnet office to find out the schedule.

6. You can tour as many schools as you want to, and you can apply to up to three magnet schools at once.

7. If you are applying to a Gifted/High Ability/Highly Gifted magnet, your child must be verified as meeting the applicable criteria by the application deadline of November 9. (The one exception is the Science Academy STEM Magnet, which gives its own test. Check their web site for more info.)

8. The deadline to apply is Thursday, November 9, 2017. Don't miss it! You'll lose priority and lessen your child's chances of getting in (and you won't accumulate wait list points if that's your goal).

Thursday, September 28, 2017

2018-2019 Choices Application includes Dual Language Programs

As previously mentioned, the 2018-2019 Choices Application is now available. The biggest change for this year is that it now includes Dual Language Programs (also known as two-way immersion programs).

Programs are available in Korean/English, Spanish/English, and Mandarin/English in selected elementary, middle and high schools. Students must enter the program in kindergarten, although students who are already proficient in the language may be admitted in a later grade.

For more information, visit the eChoices web site - there is a section dedicated to Dual Language Programs that includes an FAQ and more.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

2018-2019 Choices Brochure is available online!

Good news! The 2018-2019 Choices Brochure is now available at the eChoices web site.

As discussed in the LAUSD Magnets Handbook, the brochure is key to helping you decide where you should apply, depending on your goal this year. If you want to accumulate wait-list points for the future, you should probably apply to a different school than if you want your child to actually get in. The brochure can help you figure out which school(s) would be the right place to apply.

Although the application won't be available until Monday, you can download the brochure now and start studying it.

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!