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.

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

  1. Julie says:

    Hi MagnetAngel, what is residential magnet school? I saw some schools stated at their website that there is no school bus/transportation provided because they are residential magnet schools.

    • magnetangel says:

      Hi mdorn,

      That’s a new one on me. I’ll go ahead and assume these are the new magnets created to prevent Prop 39 colocations (a la King) where the whole school is magnet-y now, but intended for the students in the area.

      If someone has a better explanation, holler.

  2. Cynthia says:

    Longtime listener, first-time caller. My son just entered second grade at Franklin Elementary in Los Feliz, which we love and would be loathe to take him out of.

    Is this the year we start collecting points so he can try to get into the magnets at King for middle school? And if so, do you have any recommendations for schools where 3rd grade acceptance is unlikely? Is Community Magnet the go-to for points-accumulating rejections?

    Thank you so much for doing this!

    • magnetangel says:

      To be extraordinarily clear–there is no ‘safe’ anymore. More and more families are getting surprise phone calls in June–or August–and finding themselves admitted.

      That being said,
      you apply in 2nd grade, for rejection points in 3rd grade
      you apply in 3rd grade, for rejection points in 4th grade
      you apply in 4th grade, for rejection points in 5th grade,
      and when you apply in 5th grade–for King in 6th you would ideally have the 12 rejection points.

      I can not in good faith suggest which schools to apply to, since a close friend received the unwanted admission in an off-year at one of the most suggested schools to which to send the app. Someone invariably gets in even in the off years. You will have little chance of getting in with the 4 points the first year, but after that, anything can happen, as point totals on many schools have been going down for years.

      • Cynthia says:

        Thanks! Any thoughts on why point totals have been going down? I’m hoping it’s because there are more and more good options for parents locally and therefore fewer are applying to magnets?

        • magnetangel says:

          I don’t have any specific info from LAUSD, but I’m sure it has to do with the fact that LAUSD attendance has been dropping for years. There are now more SAS programs, magnet programs, and charter schools. High demand magnets still go for 16 or 12, but 8s have gotten in–especially in odd years, because those parents didn’t expect to get in, they turn down the spots, and they move further down the list. I don’t want to dissuade you from applying but just have a backup plan–either plan on accepting if you do get in for 4th or 5th, or maybe start looking at other options for middle school.

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