Magnet Season Is Open!

The 2016-2017 Magnet Season opens October 1 and will conclude at 5 pm on November 13. Check out our post with tour schedules.

For the first time in twenty years, I don’t have to fill out an application. When we started, it was a two-color paper brochure with no pictures. Now, most folks use the online application at LAUSD has come a long way, but they still have a lot to do to make it a simple and well-understood process. Feel free to continue to ask questions here.

Good luck!

2016-17 Magnet Season Tours

Since the first posts about magnet tours have started coming in, here’s the official “post your magnet tour schedule here” thread. I will cut and paste all tours and magnet nights from the comments into this main post. Thanks to all who help with this list. Last year’s magnet application ‘season’ was October 1 through November 15.

This year, the deadline is November 13. That they pick Friday the 13th amuses me to no end, but do NOT try to submit in those waning hours, as you will experience delays and likely great sadness.

Meet the Magnets Middle School
Flyer 2015 2 (1) (1) High Schools

Walter Reed Middle School is having their annual Meet the High Schools night on October 7th. Last year they had over 40 High schools represented.

First, the Meet the Magnet Night for SFV-ish middle schools will be Wednesday, September 30th, at Sepulveda Middle School from 6-8 pm. Parents will attend an opening informational session followed by four 20-minute sessions put on by different schools of interest. This is a HUGE time saver for parents to see four schools in one night and figure out which schools to tour.

Meet the Magnet Night for SFV-ish high schools will be Thursday, October 1st, at Monroe High School from 6-8 pm, and again starts with an overview session and then families can break out to four sessions. Students are welcome.

Magnet Tours


Clifford Math and Technology Magnet (K-6 school in Echo Park):

Tuesday, October 6, 11 am-12 pm
Tuesday, October 13, 8:30-9 am
Tuesday, October 20, 11 am-12 pm
Tuesday, October 27, 8:30-9 am

If none of these dates work for you, contact the school to schedule a tour. For more info:

This year our annual open house for all prospective families will be held on October 21, 2015 from 9:00am-11:00am and will begin in the LACES auditorium. no RSVP is necessary.

Lawrence Gifted MS
All tours begin at 8 am in the library
Tuesday, Oct 6
Tuesday, Oct 13
Wednesday, Oct 21
Monday, Oct 26
Monday, Nov 2
Monday, Nov 9
No reservation needed, students are welcome to attend

Millikan Middle School for both the magnet and academy dates are here:

Nobel Math & Science Magnet

Palms Gifted Magnet

Paul Revere M/S/T Magnet

Porter Gifted MS
October 8, October 14, October 21, October 29
8:15 -10:15 am
(We would appreciate it if parents would call the magnet office to reserve a place for each tour.)

Thomas Starr King MS

High School
Cleveland Humanities Magnet

Grant High School Communications Technology Magnet. Fridays: September 25, October 2, 9, and 23, and November 6 and 13. Tours begin at 8:15 am, and are lead by current students and Magnet parents. Please RSVP for a tour at 818-756-2776.

Open Enrollment 2015-16

Here’s the last school choice program for LAUSD’s 2015-16 year. If you’re still on a wait list for a magnet or an SAS, you may still be called, but you can get some piece of mind with a backup plan. Online applications are due by Friday May 22nd, 2015.

The application process begins here:

For a list of schools, click here:

And as always, feel free to ask questions in the comments.

Magnets With Openings 2015-16

While the SIS office (magnet office) might post these to the E-choices website later today, they just posted on FB the list of schools with potential magnet openings. If you are sitting on a wait list or you missed the deadline, go ahead and contact these schools directly to see if they might still have openings.

It also doesn’t hurt to contact a school and asked to be put on a wait list. There are many schools that do get through their entire list and have openings by August.

Take out the …before the links to get them to work properly. WordPress apparently doesn’t like FB.


Middle School

High School

2015-16 SAS Dates

Thanks to reader Sandy7656, the GATE Office has published the 2015-16 SAS dates and the application is now available online.

2015-2016 SAS Application is now available. Application Period: April 7-April 30, 2015 Notification of Applicants: May 11, 2015

Please post all questions on SAS in the comments, with a friendly reminder we are an all volunteer staff, mostly Valley centered, and for official answers, please contact the school/district office. Thank you!

Post 2015-16 Magnet Accepted/Wait List Info Here

Magnet letters have hit email boxes and are posted on the E-choices website.

For posterity or for laughs, feel free to post the following:

Grade Level
Points on Application
Accepted/Wait List
Any other info you deem pertinent

This helps people to know

A) They’re not alone
B) Chances in the near future (ie, whether it makes sense to apply)

This is a stressful time for many, so deep breathing and happy banter.


And Magnet Application Season is Officially Over

Thanks to all the volunteers who shared their information this year. When we start hearing back in March/April, we’ll start the points thread. Until then, enjoy the holiday season.


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