November 15, 2014 6 Comments
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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November 11, 2014 2 Comments
Hey all, a reporter at KPCC is looking to speak with a parent (parents) that are brand new to the whole magnet application process. If this is you, reply to this post and I will put you in touch. Time is of the essence–as in today or tonight. Late notice I know. Thanks!
September 5, 2014 42 Comments
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:
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you include your name, phone number, the number of people attending and the date/time you wish to attend.
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.
King Middle School Magnet Tours starts at 8:15 @ King Library
Oct 9, Oct 16, Oct 23, Nov 6, Nov 13
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)
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
July 21, 2014 6 Comments
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.
May 5, 2014 2 Comments
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 7, 2014 Leave a comment
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.
April 4, 2014 6 Comments
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.