Magnet Season 2015-2016

While we still await the official changeover on the Echoices website for the new magnet season (website opens 10/1/14 and applications are due 11/14/14), Sepulveda Middle School has posted that their yearly “Meet the Middle School Magnets” Night will be October 2 from 6-8 pm. And Monroe has confirmed their Meet the Magnets night will be October 1 from 6 to 8 pm. Please in the comments, share upcoming magnet nights, tours, etc. As time permits, I will make a list within the body of this post. Many schools are already listing dates in September. Let the games begin! And as always, with questions, ask away in the comments as well.

Meet the High School Magnets Night, Monroe HS
October 1, 6-8 pm

Meet the Middle School Magnets Night, Sepulveda MS
October 2nd, 6-8 pm

Indvidual magnet tours (alphabetical)
Check individual schools for any changes:

High School:
Cleveland Humanities Magnet Tours starts at 8:30 am @ Room E10
09/19, 09/24, 10/03 Oct 7, Oct 16, Oct 21, Oct 27 @ 8:30 am
RSVP Link http://www.corebaby.org/enrollment/magnet-tours-sign-up/

Hamilton Magnet High School (Music)
Tours begin Oct 8 and every Wednesday at 8-10 am through November 12. No reservations necessary.

John Marshall Gifted Magnet
Tours @ 10:30-11;30 am
Oct 1, 8, 15
RSVP is required by contact Pat Jeffries at (323) 671-1430 or pmj3914@lausd.net

North Hollywood High School Highly Gifted Magnet
Oct 10, Oct 16, Oct 27
3 tour times to choose from
8:30-10 am; 11 am-12:30 pm; and 1:30-3 pm.
RSVP at (818) 753-6213 between 8-11 am or send email to kmp4366@lausd.net. Make sure you include your name, phone number, the number of people attending and the date/time you wish to attend.

http://highlygiftedmagnet.org/

Venice High School (STEMM & World Languages Magnet)
Tours @ 8:45-10 am in Student Cafeteria
Oct 2, 9, 23, 30
Nov 6, 13
No RSVP is required. Tours are intended for parents ONLY.

http://www.venicehigh.net/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=399189&id=0

Middle School:
King Middle School Magnet Tours starts at 8:15 @ King Library
Oct 9, Oct 16, Oct 23, Nov 6, Nov 13
RSVP Link

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dLM29-ARB96t4qnjFKGwj2Em_8wRSbk-k6k1xkt-kWc/viewform

Lawrence Gifted Magnet
Magnet Informational Tours:
Wednesday, October 8
Tuesday, October 21
Wednesday, October 29
Wednesday, November 5
Monday, November 10
No reservations needed.
Students are welcome to attend.
All tours begin at 8:00am in the Lawrence Middle School Library

LACES Open House Oct 22
9-11 am (No RSVP required)

http://www.lacesmagnetschool.org/ourpages/auto/2014/8/25/45318681/Open%20House%20Flyer%202014.pdf

Millikan Middle School
Tours begin in the library.
They are held at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
They last approximately an hour and a half.

http://www.millikanmiddleschool.org/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=399312&id=0

Because of on school construction, tours are limited to those who register. Please register.

Nobel Middle School
All Tours are from 9-11:30 am in Multi-Purpose room
Sept 29, Oct 1, Oct 6
RSVP at magnet office 818-773-4730

Palms Gifted Magnet
Tours begin @ 9 am in Auditorium
Oct 6, Oct 24, Nov 3
April 13th, 2015 (after magnet deadline)
NO RSVP is required.

http://www.palmsmiddleschool.org/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1283110966319

Porter Gifted Magnet
Tours @ 8:15-10:15 am
Dates are: Oct 8; Oct.16; Oct. 22, Oct. 27

Portola Highly Gifted Magnet Tours start at 8:30 am
Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10

http://www.portolams.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=44622&type=d&pREC_ID=129758

Paul Revere Magnet
Tours @ 9-10:30 am
Sept 18, Oct 9, Nov 6
http://www.paulreverems.com/domain/179 (they have more tour dates after deadline for charter lottery)

Mark Twain World Language Magnet
Tours begin @ 8:30 am every Wednesday in the Principal’s Conference Room
Sept 17, 24
Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Nov 5

http://twainms-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/cms/news_item?d=x&id=1332658360138&group_id=1315231276141&return_url=1410286594708

Elementary School:
Braddock Drive Gifted & High Ability Magnet
Tours starts at 8:30 am in the magnet office. No RSVP is required.
Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4

Community Magnet Charter School
Tours @ 9-10:30 am
Oct 23, Nov 10

Eagle Rock Gifted & High Ability Magnet
Tours @ 8:30 am
Oct 20, Nov 3 in Auditorium
Nov 6 in Room 3

Eagle Rock Highly Gifted Magnet
Tours @ 8:30 am
Oct 21, Nov 4 in Auditorium
Oct 30 in Room 3

Open Charter Magnet Elementary School
Oct 28, Nov 4 at 8:30 am

http://www.opencharter.org/node/1305

Vintage Magnet Elementary School
In Main Office
9 am Oct 13, Oct 20, Oct 27
1:15 pm Nov 3

Welby Way Gifted & High Ability Magnet Tours
Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 10
RSVP at 818-992-8229

http://welbyway.org/Magnet%20Tour%20Poster%20August%20%202014.pdf

Offices Open 7/28, Some Wait List Emails are Happening Now

For those needing to register, most school offices are opening next week, July 28th.

However, some wait list acceptances started occuring last night.  If you are still on a waist list and want to get admitted, be looking for an email.  Once the offices open, call, check in, and ask your status.  And hang tight.

If you’re hoping to not get in and merely accrue waitlist points, I wish you luck.

For both groups, the trend towards lower point totals do seem to be holding true, with acceptances for odd years (not the first year of magnet acceptance, which is typically 1st, 6th, and 9th) coming in.

I will finally be celebrating my last magnet application as we will be applying for magnet acceptance for 9th grade in 2015-16.  My 20th application year over two kids. 

Questions?  Fire away.

Open Enrollment 2014-15 Now Open

The final school choice program for the 2014-15 school year is now open. Find schools in your area here. Applications are available from May 5 to May 23. If you have any questions, ask away in the comments. Press release is here.

Districtwide, 7500 spots are available at 270 schools in every local district.

April Contest for Greatschools.org–One School Will Win $5000.

GreatSchools.org is currently sponsoring a contest for a $5000, awarded to a school that receives a new review this month, so if you haven’t reviewed your school recently, go ahead and share your experiences with other Los Angeles parents.

Did you know that GreatSchools is also seeking parents familiar with learning issues?  Anonymous reviews can be posted using this address: www.greatschools.org/LearningIssues and it will give valuable information to parents seeking information on IEPs, 504s, and which school to choose for their special needs children.  Share what you know and help other parents make an informed decision.

Two West Valley Charters Receive OK to Add Grades

According to this article on Tamar Galatzan’s website, two well-known West Valley charter schools will be able to add grades by expanding onto long-closed campuses.  El Camino Real has been given the go ahead to add K-8 after reconstruction at Highlander Elementary, converting Oso Elementary to an outdoor science education campus for the K-8, and moving and expanding their continuation high school to the Platt Ranch Elementary campus.

CHIME charter, currently a K-8, would be adding a high school at Collins Street Elementary after razing classrooms and other upgrades.

The key consideration for parents is both these campuses are expanding their already successful programs to meet the needs of more campuses.  There had been rumors for years that other charters would expand, and with Granada Hills Charter High School owning the Pinecrest site, it’s still up in the air if they will move in the K-8 direction (vertical growth) or expand their offerings for the 2000+ student wait list.

Do successful school ‘brands’ make you more likely to go K-12 within that system?  What if Castlebay Lane or Ivanhoe went to 8th grade?  Or if Taft HS could go 6-12?  Is that an attractive option?  Let us know in the comments.

LAUSD GATE Website Enters the 21st Century

The previous website had the info, albeit in a 1999 type format. After hanging around on it for awhile, parents could find stuff, and given the budget cuts, complaining about fancy websites isn’t my deal. But now it’s borderline fancy! Check it out here: http://achieve.lausd.net/gate

Here’s the new 2014-15 SAS link: http://achieve.lausd.net/Page/2033

SAS Application Window Open for 2014-15

While some of us are celebrating or need a little consoling, the other important window of LAUSD choice is now open.

Last year’s app is still up, but nothing is likely to change.  Start gathering the info on this, and I will repost the 2014-15 application as soon as it appears: http://www.lausd.net/lausd/offices/GATE/prog-opt-3.html

To locate schools in your area with Schools for Advanced Studies, scroll down from that link as well.

Families can apply to more than one SAS program.

Questions?  Fire away in the comments section below.

Update: the new SAS application is available HERE = and the newly redesigned LAUSD Gifted and Talented website can ba accessed here.

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