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

Elementary

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: https://cliffordes-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/

Middle
LACES
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:

http://www.millikanmiddleschool.org/apps/news/article/492257

Nobel Math & Science Magnet
http://www.nobelms.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?type=d&uREC_ID=312179&pREC_ID=806462

Palms Gifted Magnet
http://www.palmsmiddleschool.org/visitors-days

Paul Revere M/S/T Magnet
http://www.paulreverems.com/domain/179

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
http://www.kingms.org/apps/news/article/482919

High School
Cleveland Humanities Magnet
http://www.corebaby.org/enrollment/magnet-tours-sign-up/

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.

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20 Responses to 2016-17 Magnet Season Tours

  1. Jill says:

    This year, they will accept application from Thursday, October 1st@ 8 am to Friday, October 13th 2015.

    https://apply.lausd.net/Login.aspx

  2. Lydia says:

    How Hamilton Academy of Music Magnet select the students? Is it based on audition only? Or points + audition? Is there a chance to get in with 0-7 points (but score high on audition)?

    • magnetangel says:

      Hamilton is a magnet. Like other PA magnets, it’s based entirely on points. Hamilton folks mentioned last year at the magnet night that it is a liability they have to work with/through. While some of the kids will opt for LACHSA and CHAMPS because they have auditions, Hamilton can not exclude on prior music ability (or lack thereof). I believe there was an audition process after the fact for placement or to get kids in who really belong there and might not have the points.

      That said, their curriculum (across discipline themes like the Harlem Renaissance and the Zoot Suit Riots) was very compelling to my then 8th grader. For her, the deal breaker was the extremely long bus ride from the northeast San Fernando Valley.

      Contact them directly on point totals and other options if that’s what appeals to your student.

  3. Lala says:

    What if my child was retained? According to eChoices, students who apply for the same grade twice will not earn waiting list points for the previous year, is this mean he has no waiting list point this year?

    LACES
    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.

    Thomas Starr King MS
    http://www.kingms.org/apps/news/article/482919

    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

    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.)

    • magnetangel says:

      Lala,

      The issue with holding a kid back is mentioned so that children who are eligible for kindergarten at five don’t reapply for kindergarten at six to accumulate additional points and gain an advantage in points at selective schools. If this is not the case, contact the school of interest directly. I do know of parents who’ve held a child back to get into a magnet at a higher grade level when there were openings (Say a 4th grader repeating 4th grade because the school had openings for fourth rather than fifth.

  4. celloshred says:

    How are K students tested for a G/HG/HA 1st Grade Magnet? I was told by a GATE Coordinator at our home school that we apply for the school and IF we get in, THEN the Magnet sends info to our home school to see if we qualify. Sounds a little backwards to me.

    • magnetangel says:

      It might seem backward, but schools are not set up to identify kindergarteners en masse. Generally, students aren’t identified until first or second grade. In kindergarten, it’s a challenge to separate a well prepared child from a truly gifted child and conversely children who are not native English speakers who might be gifted might not show up as gifted at all for a year or two.

      If you believe your child is gifted, talk to the kinder teacher. They will be the one in January who will be filling out the form saying the child meets various criteria for giftedness.

      It might be backward, but both my kids applied and were accepted to Balboa before they were tested. My son was finally identified in second grade, when he’d already been there for several months. With my daughter, we told her teacher during conferences we might be applying. She hadn’t identified anyone before, so she looked into it, and got back to us, assuring us the kid met the criteria. Ironically, my daughter got in and we opted to keep her at her home school for a variety of reasons. While most kids were tested in second grades, she was tested in first grade. We still had her tested because we weren’t sure about middle school. By high school, it will no longer matter.

  5. celloshred says:

    So does this mean Balboa has regular tract kids as well? What if they accept a bunch of non-identified G/HG/HA kids into 1st who then dont qualify?

    Were you happy there? We’re in Encino and as far as magnets, Balboa and Academy for E.S. are the best/closest options. Our son was identified as Gifted by a private psych around 3 years old.

    • magnetangel says:

      Balboa is a gifted magnet ONLY. Only students who meet the criteria here are accepted starting in first grade: http://achieve.lausd.net/Page/2023

      Balboa was fine for my son. He graduated in 2001, so you’ll want to talk to parents of current students, perhaps on a tour, or families you might already know

      LAUSD will not accept outside testing, however that’s a good thing to have so you can use that to suggest to a kindergarten teacher and the gifted coordinator that your child should be tested.

  6. Hello! The Grant High School Communications Technology Magnet tours are scheduled for the following 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.

  7. Alisa Rivera says:

    Here are tour dates for 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: https://cliffordes-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/

  8. bella says:

    My son just started Kinder at his home school of Loren elementary in Northridge and I cant believe the stress already to navigate him through this process already 😦 anyway his home school is magnet program from 3-5 grade which I would be happy if he would get into that said its a point system so if he does not get in then we will have to send him to ” regular schooling at this same school” My question is where can I start applying to accumulate points for him so that when I do apply in 3rd grade at his home school he gets in ? If he does get in his home school in 3rd grade magnet based off points do they lose those points for middle school ?

  9. Alison says:

    Carthay School of Environmental Studies Magnet will be offering tours on October 23 and November 13 at 8:30 am. Hope to see you there!

  10. Barry says:

    Does anyone know of magnet elementary schools in the Northeast LA area? I found a real gem (Rockdale), but the students do not get their 12 points for matriculation until the end of 6th grade. Do I even have a chance of getting into a magnet MS without some points in place? Sadly, I am already thinking about middle schools!

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