Magnet Tours and Meet the Magnet Nights for 2017-2018

Magnet season is nearly here. The eCHOICES Application opens on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 with a deadline of Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Meet the Magnets nights usually do not require reservations. Most school tours DO. Please check with the school’s website to reserve your spot or confirm they do not require advanced registration.

Please share your magnet info such as tours and magnet nights in the comments and I will add them to this list. Questions? Ask those in the comments as well.

Let the games begin!

    Magnet Nights

High Schools
Meet the High School Magnet Night
Thursday, 9/29/2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Monroe High School

High School Info Night
(16 public & private options presenting)
Thursday, October 6th
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Meet in Auditorium
King Middle School

Middle School
Meet the Middle School Magnets
Wednesday, 9/28/2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sepulveda Middle School

Meet the Middle School Magnets
Lanai Elementary
October 15, 2016 See link below for details:

    School Tour Schedules

Elementary Schools
Braddock gifted magnet tours
Tuesday October 4, Tuesday October 18, Tuesday November 1, all at 8:30-10am

Clifford Math and Technology Magnet in Echo Park/Silver Lake is a TK-6 magnet school with 160 students total. Tour dates:
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 11:00 – 12pm
Friday, Oct. 21, 8:30 – 9:30am
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 11:00 – 12pm
For more info, visit us on FB at or at our website

Middle Schools
Millikan Performing Arts Magnet and Academies
09/23/2016 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
09/23/2016 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
10/7/2016 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
10/7/2016 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
10/21/2016 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
10/21/2016 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
11/4/2016 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
11/4/2016 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

The Science Academy
This program, currently housed on Millikan’s campus is a separate Magnet school. Please read the following page: and for tour info, contact:

Sepulveda Gifted Magnet
Tours start September 30

High Schools

Van Nuys High School
Math & Science Magnet
Medical Magnet
Performing Arts Magnet
Magnet Tour sign ups from the home page (blue button)
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 9:00am to 10:30am
Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 10:30am to 12:00noon
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 9:00am to 10:30am
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 10:30am to 12:00noon

40 thoughts on “Magnet Tours and Meet the Magnet Nights for 2017-2018

  1. I’m not sure which category to post my question under. I was poking around the eChoices site, and saw “The maximum one-way riding time guideline for all students (grades Kindergarten through 12) is 90 minutes. This applies to all bus routes.”

    So does that mean that LAUSD has to provide a route that is 90 minutes or less? The reason I ask is that my son travels from Sherman Oaks to Balboa each day. I drive him because the bus would pick him up at 6:20 for an 8:15 start time. The thing is…it’s only a 10 mile drive. It takes me 18 minutes on a bad day. So it’s not that the school isn’t within a 90-minute drive…it’s that LAUSD makes the route such that it takes over 90 minutes.

    • My son started at Balboa in 1997 and I think he took the bus HOME one week in the 4 years he was there for exactly the same reason. And we’re about 7 miles. Never took one to Lawrence or Verdugo. My daughter has only experimented with taking the bus home but her morning ride would be at 6:30 for an 8 am start. She doesn’t get up until 6:30 and my husband leaves with her at 7 am.

      The 90-minute rule doesn’t apply to your situation in that the bus riders don’t get there at 8:15, it’s probably closer to 7:30. Some high schools take advantage of it and offer tutoring in the mornings.

      The 90 minutes is a solid guideline (I’d never recommend any child attend a school that requires a commute remotely close to that). But many schools share busses, and it has less to do with how long your child is on the bus, but guarantees that there aren’t kids who are such outliers that the bus is too costly. That, and there are no bathrooms on the busses.

      I’m guessing you have no interest in taking Metro busses to Universal or Hollywood, either. The same 20 minute drive is probably a 90 minute bus ride. It’s not a slam. If we have the luxury of driving our kids, I figure we should be grateful. The kids within the 5 mile zones have to deal with Metro busses.

      • I bring it up because the “parking” situation has changed since you were there. About 2 weeks ago, the local church decided not to let the school use the lot anymore, so now there is nowhere to park except on the street. One side of the street is taken up by the carpool lane. On the other side, the neighborhood residents have decided to park their cars on the street and leave their trash cans out (trash day or not). It’s a mess. So the principal has suggested that kids take the bus, problem solved.

        Yes, it’s nice to be able to drive my son. This is my third year doing it, and I enjoy our private time on the way to school. But the traffic this year has made it so that it takes me about an hour and a half to get home after drop off…so an hour and 45 minutes round trip. Then I go back in the afternoon (and there’s nowhere to park 😉

        Anyway, thanks for the info.

        • When my son was there, we were definitely not using the church lot (and the giant houses came later). The carpool lane pretty much wrapped around the entire school (the don’t turn left onto Superior(?) came later, but we’d give the death stare to anyone trying to cut in). They don’t let you park/idle in the carpool lane in the afternoon?

          Generally we were all highly encouraged to do the carpool lane. And encouraged to get there earlier and let the kids play a little bit to eliminate the line.

          I would just park a block or two down on Superior and shoot out to Louise or White Oak.

          If it’s gotten that bad, bring it up at the next principal’s chat or PTA meeting, and see about creating a carpool list and see if you can share the drive. I’m sure you’re not the only one coming from your area.

          • I get that it’s a pain. Near Millikan, it was the McMansion construction and the families keeping the cans out starting on Monday (for Wednesday pick up). At Van Gogh, we would park several blocks away and walk in, so by the time we got to Millikan it was old hat. The good news is at least the kid can come TO the vehicle unescorted now, but given she’s in high school with 2500 kids, there is a lot more traffic.

            For now, you pick your poison (kid getting on a bus at 6:20 or wasting 3 1/2 hours of your day schlepping or a combination). It will get better once your kid can walk out to you and you can park a few blocks away to avoid it. My favorite was parking at the Vons near Verdugo and getting shopping done and my son would either meet me at the car or wander in to find me. We always had a full fridge those years–even with him playing water polo. 😉

  2. Angel, thank you for dong this site for all these years! I have a question. My son is a fourth grader at Franklin and I’ve got 8 points saved for middle school (trying to get into King Arts/Tech or Environmental) from having applied and been rejected from Community Charter these past two years.

    I understand that if I apply and get in somewhere this year, we’ll lose all the my points. If I apply and don’t get in, I’ll have 12, which will be very helpful. But if I don’t apply, will I lose the 8 points I’ve got? Or will I get to keep them and use them next year when he’s in fifth and we are applying for middle school?

    • It’s a tough call.

      Point totals to get in to most schools have been going down for several years. Families with 8 and 12 are finding themselves getting in late in the summer if not when the letters go out.

      If you have PHBAO points for your middle school as you apply from 5th to 6th, you’d have those. Wait list points scroll off after 3 years. If you don’t apply for 2017-18, then in 2018-19, you could have points from 15-16 and 16-17. If you have points from 14-15 those will scroll off.

      If it were up to me, I’d sit out this year. I can’t tell you that’s the better option for you. We got in somewhere for 4th grade and we had to replan the entire MS option thing. It worked out swimmingly, but there was a lot of stress.

      Good luck.

      • Sorry, just to confirm: I have 4 points from applying when he was entering 3rd grade (2015-16), then another 4 from applying when he was entering 4th grade (2016-17). If I skip applying for 5th grade this year (2017-18), then I will still have 8 points when we apply for 6th grade in 2018-19, correct?

        I agree it’s a tough call! Although I have heard from people that they’ve gotten into Arts/Tech off the waitlist with zero points in the past few years. (My son was identified for GATE from the OLSAT so that hurdle is over at least).

        • It’s confusing. Since you apply in the Oct/Nov of the year prior, draw it out if it helps.

          You apply in 2nd grade for 3rd grade
          You apply in 3rd grade for 4th grade 2016-17
          4th for 5th This is THIS school year, but you are applying for 2017-18
          and 5th for 6th. this is for 2018-19.

          Going into 6th grade, the earliest points that would stay are the points FOR 4th grade.

          I’m also going to point out, if a school is going through its wait list, and people are getting in with zero, I would tip closer to not applying this year. The odds of being the one who gets the call in 5th grade is low, but they go through waitlists VERY quickly for upper grades. Unless you’re willing to move him, sit this year out.

          • So if I don’t apply this year, I’ll have 4 points when we apply for six grade next year when he is in fifth grade? But if I do apply this year and get waitlisted, I’ll have 12 points? Sorry to be so obtuse!

          • Yep. And depending on your middle school, you might end up with 4 more points for the school being PHBAO.

          • I feel incredibly dense—and can’t believe I don’t know the answer to this question—but does this mean it’s okay to skip a year in applying? I think I started too early with my daughter. I don’t want her to get into a magnet program for fifth grade; instead I want her to get in in sixth grade. I think she might have too many point already. But so will I keep the points she’s accumulated so far if I skip this year? Or will I lose all of them if I skip a year?

          • Theresa,

            I’m not sure where you’re applying or how many points you have. The wait list points only accumulate for 3 years, so if you’ve been doing it since K or 1st grade, only the first year of points will drop off. You would still have 8 points of wait list, any PHBAO, sibling, or overcrowding points.

            If you are at 12 points or higher, and you are going into 5th grade, you probably would do well to wait. Schools go through wait lists VERY quickly for 5th grade because no one wants to uproot a kid in their last year. There are probably a few magnets you can’t get into without 12 or 16 points, but if you don’t want to lose all 12 of the wait list points, it’s an option.

  3. Hale Middle School has converted their STEAM SAS Academy into a Gifted STEAM Magnet starting with incoming 6th grade class. I attended a tour last week, and it generally covered STEAM magnet, Honors track, and VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts Academy) programs. We saw two of the 6th grade STEAM classes and a band class. The next tour is on 11/2 Wednesday at 8:00 am.

      • Any ‘new’ magnet runs several risks. On tours, when they say “this will happen in a year or two…” in reality IF it happens, the timetable can be much longer. This can be the opening of a new lab, the offering of a new language/elective/etc, or the partnering with a local group/community college. You could be long gone before that thing comes to fruition. Secondly, the magnet might not fill as predicted and teachers might be lost. And further, it’s hard to predict what higher grades will look like without being able to visit classrooms with actual teachers in them.

        As this was previously an SAS Academy, my guess is they have the same teachers, the programs already exist, and demand is already there.

        The push to redesignate academies and other programs as magnets seems to be common these days: It appeals to families that might be considering charter or other options, if successful, it lessens the possibility in schools with declining enrollment of the possibility of a Prop 39 colocation, and by making them magnets, the entire process is handled downtown with the computer–eliminating possible favoritism in selection.

        If you feel a strong connection to the program, talk to current parents and ask what the differences between the magnet & the former academy will be.

        Good luck.

        • Thank you very much for the response. Actually, their STEAM Academy is new too, they just opened it this year. They always had SAS program, but Academy is new and from the next year they will call it ‘Magnet’. The school overall is good and high performing, the only thing is that program is new.

  4. What are the chances of getting into Millikan Magnet with 12 points? I feel like they may require 16 but I’d love to just sit this year out. She has 8 points already and she really, really wants to go to Millikan. She will do the audition also but getting the bus’s in would be helpful as we are in Silverlake. If I do choose a school it looks like it will be Eagle rock in hopes of not getting in. It just all feels so weird.

    • You will need to talk to the magnet coordinator there and ask. It changes year to year, and with a new magnet coordinator, I’m not sure myself what the answer would be.

  5. Foremost, thank you for everything that goes into this site; it is a fantastic resource. My question is: Is there any risk (besides losing points) to applying to a magnet school when the student is currently at a charter LAUSD school on a lottery permit (in other words, it’s not our home school)? I applied last year at Valley Alt for K and I have 4 PHBAO points. We are happy with the elementary we lotteried into, and I’m okay throwing the points away….in March. As long as my kid doesn’t lose their spot.

    • Carol,

      You can apply without risk UNLESS you are already in a magnet. Families applying from within a magnet will automatically be moved to the magnet.

      Families at charters, neighborhood schools, or any other type are applying to get rejected and then receive wait list points.

      Families at magnets will get the SAME 12 points for matriculation as they would from three years of wait list points.

      Families who apply to a new magnet from a magnet are automatically moved and it can not be undone.

      • I know we have a good chance with 8 points, but if there’s an issue with gifted identification or even if we change our minds I don’t want to lose the space we do have. Many thanks for your help.

      • Dear magnetangel,

        Does this “undoable automatic movement” depend on space availability at the “new” magnet? We don’t have enough points accrued (8) to get in to LACES for 6th grade. What is your advice? Apply to LACES this year to get rejection points (will get 4 plus another 4 for PHBAO home middle school) or apply to the home school magnet, go there for a year, and apply next year to LACES for 7th grade? Many thanks for your guidance!

        • Are you currently IN a magnet? The only time you will automatically get moved is when you are going from magnet to magnet at the SAME grade level (elementary, middle, high school). It is so rare that it happens because when you leave your elementary or your middle you will receive 12 MATRICULATION points that most people understand there is no reason to apply while at elementary A for elementary B because you can’t accrue points.

          If you get into home school magnet, you will NOT get any points for wait or matriculation to apply to a different level. And you really need to discuss with LACES about their openings for 7th grade. They’re so hard to get into, unless it’s changed they’re one of the few magnets that still require 16 or 19 at 6th grade to have a chance.

          • Dear magnetangel,

            Thank you for responding so quickly!

            We are not currently in a magnet and are having to decide on where our 5th grader will go for middle school. She is interested in going to LACES but we know it’s not a possibility at this point with just 8 points accrued. We are planning to send her to a local (but not our home) middle school which is not a magnet and just try to accrue magnet/rejection points by applying to LACES this year and try again next year. When I read about the automatic movement going from magnet to magnet, I just wondered if I need to rethink our plan. Will we have a better chance to getting into LACES not next year but the following year if we send her to our home magnet middle school and then apply for LACES next year for 7th grade?

            I understand that students who are already in magnets would not be accruing points since they get 12 points at matriculation. Does this mean that IF they do apply for another magnet while in the middle of elementary, middle, or high school, that they are applying with no points? And yet they do still get that automatic movement to the “new” magnet they are applying to? I guess it comes down to this: does already being in any magnet gives a student a much better chance of getting into another magnet during non-matriculation years?

            Thank you again for your guidance!

          • LACES is a challenge to get into with a lot of points. It’s virtually impossible with few points. You can apply to LACES and hope for a miracle, but you will need a solid backup plan, because from previous years, kids with 16 points have been routinely rejected. It may change, but that’s not anything to count on. In addition, there are very likely FEW spots in 7th and higher grades. Those spots will only be for attrition (kids moving or not a right fit for the school and opt to go elsewhere).

            Please remember that the magnet program is a desegregation program. So if your child gets into a magnet, the district received the intended result. It’s not the district’s goal to move children from magnet to magnet laterally. Families making the lateral move from one magnet to another magnet in elem (or middle or high school) rarely succeed. There’s no reason to apply–you’re in the magnet. People who leave a magnet because it’s not a good fit might be a case of applying, but then they are looking at a magnet requiring few points to get in.

            The accidental kids have typically been kids with 4 PHBAO points and found themselves getting in at the end of summer, in an off grade as the school goes quickly through it’s wait list. An example might be applying for a 5th grader from an elementary school magnet to SOCES which begins in 4th grade. Very few people would want to move a 5th grader, and so the schools needing to fill that spot might have to call a lot of families before getting accepted.

  6. If I choose a gifted school in hopes of getting waitlisted but my daughter is not identified as gifted, is there a chance of disqualification? Or do they only look at that if she is accepted?
    Wanted to choose this gifted school as it seems there will only be attrition for 5th. The eChoices website redirects to you a page that says you must be verified as gifted by Thursday Nov 5 pm. It says upon receipt of application, Student Integration Services will automatically check with LAUSD for eligibility.
    I don’t remember seeing that before.

    • I’m not applying this year, so I wouldn’t see that. It does sound new.

      I would definitely call the magnet office downtown to confirm. You will be disqualified and not accumulate points if your child is not identified gifted and you applied to a gifted magnet.

  7. Hi!

    I’m sorry for posting here, but I hope someone can help me. I’ve been living in Japan for the past 20 years and I am moving back to Los Angeles in March of 2017. I am bringing my 15 year old son with me and he will need to enroll in high school. Although I am presently in LA for the holidays, all the numbers that I call (LAUSD, various high schools, etc) are closed.

    – I expect that he will enter high school as a sophomore (he turns 16 in September, 2017).
    – He is a very good student and also a top ranked fencer (#1 in Japan at his age).
    – He will be going to LAIFC pretty much every day for his fencing practice, so I am hoping to find a school nearby or at least near the metro. The fencing school address is:
    11755 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
    – My initial plan is to return to my childhood home which is in the LAUSD, but I hope to find housing near the fencing school or along the metro route.
    – My son is an American citizen and proof of residency will not be an issue.

    Here are my questions:

    1). What records do I need to bring from Japan? I’m concerned not only about school transcripts, but also immunization records. Japan does not have those immunization cards that we use here.

    2). He speaks English very well, but his reading and writing is not at grade level. Where can we get assistance?

    3). Does anyone have any experience transferring in from a foreign country, in particular Japan, that can offer any advice for the transition?

    Again, I apologize if this should be posted somewhere else. Thank you all for any assistance!


    Douglas Bewernick

    • To enroll in an LAUSD school, you will need a birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residence. Your son will not be able enroll without proof of immunization. Even if the cards look different, bring doctors notes that prove his innoculations are up to date.

      As you’ve noticed, LAUSD offices are closed through January 9th. When they open, so will local schools. Because it’s not clear where your childhood home actually is, it’s hard to know what your home school will be. Magnet applications are closed for 2017-2018 and you won’t be living here in time for open enrollment.

      The fencing school is near Venice HS and there are several programs there you might want to consider. You might want to contact either the HS directly or the local district offices to get specific help about your unique situation. I’d start with the Parent Engagement unit

      Best of luck.

      LAUSD will provide additional language acquisition support as your son transitions–at any school.

      • Hello and thank you for your reply. My childhood home address is in the 90032 zip code. When is open enrollment for Magnet schools and how can my son qualify? Perhaps I could come back just to get him enrolled? Or does he have to be there too?

        Thank you,


        • The application period for magnets was Oct-November. There is no open enrollment period for magnets.

          If you can show advanced coursework, you son might qualify for an SAS (school for advanced studies), and that application period will be in the Spring sometime.

          The trouble with both programs is you will need to be an actual resident before you can apply for any LAUSD program (they will ask to see a utility bill for eligibility). You’ll want to talk to the local district for either your childhood home or near the fencing school to get as much help as you can get before you attempt to enroll (school starts mid August and classes are chosen in the spring–so you will want your. I’m not sure what the transportation would be like from Mt. Wash to near Mar Vista on any given day or if that commute is actually doable in the AM.

          I would really call the district offices as of the 9th and see what suggestions they can provide.

          Good luck.

  8. Does it still look like acceptance news will be out on 3/15? What’s the fastest way to find out the news? I believe in the past, (two years ago), you posted a link where we could check on the day the news broke, rather than waiting for an e-mail or snail mail notice from LAUSD. Thanks!

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