Post 2019-2020 Acceptances and Rejections Here

We’re now at the point where the magnet acceptances should be any day now (there is some question as to whether they’ll be out today or Monday or who knows?)

Good luck to all. We’re in the middle of college acceptances here and it’s no easier waiting the older the kids get.

Please provide the following:



Gender/White or Minority

accepted or waitlisted



97 thoughts on “Post 2019-2020 Acceptances and Rejections Here

  1. The notices are up online to accept or reject but in “actions” not messages in letter form,
    Hamilton humanities
    16 points
    Female minority

  2. Congratulations. Did you get an email notice before you looked? I have received nothing this morning and looked and there is nothing in my actions yet. nor is there a new letter. Wondering if they’re rolling them out throughout the day.

    • No email and no status letter but now I recall I may have chosen an option earlier to accept or decline online. Keep checking because it wasn’t there earlier in the morning so they probably started today and will take some time to roll out everything.

      • Found out by email notification to check echoices at 7:27 PM

        Palms Gifted Magnet
        6th grade
        4 points
        White female

  3. Every time I look in actions it says “Select a child for whom you wish to accept/decline applications.” but it doesn’t give me the option to pick my kid. I haven’t received any letter or email yet. We are waiting to here from Science Academy STEM Magnet

  4. Refreshing did the trick-

    3rd grade Wonderland gifted magnet
    0 points
    (For the first time in years, our school missed being PHBAO by one percent so we unexpectedly ended up with zero)
    White female

  5. Wooooooohoooooo!
    Science Academy
    6th grade
    White female (though they told me gender is irrelevant?h
    16 points

    We’ve been doing this game for years now and never get in anywhere, so this is really, really great.

    Second kid, Kester gifted, 3rd grade, white female, 8 points, waitlisted (which really is the outcome we wanted)

    Thank you to everyone here for sharing your info (and nail-biting commiseration).

      • My boy passed the exam, tho’ we are waitlisted, so I’ll chip in. He’s coming from a school outside the LAUSD, and he’s got a completely different approach to match and science, so we sort of had to start from scratch.

        We had six weeks to prepare from the time we learned of the program. I got the Spectrum 6th Grade Math & 6th & 7th Grade Science books, and we worked through them intensively. Up at 5 AM, first thing after school until bed. (Breaks for soccer practices, games and fall baseball.) We learned the times tables from 1-13 using a deck of cards. We took breaks to play catch in the street and practiced them then as well. We practiced in the car driving to and from school. He’s bright and can absorb new information quickly, but ratios, decimals & fractions were brutal. Lots of tears.

        We’re a family that values empty time and messing around in the backyard more than homework, so it was a big break from the norm for us. We suffered a lot of doubts. He had been on a tour, though, and wanted to go to the school, so we pushed through.

        You’re asking now, so you have eight months to do the work. My takeaway: you can do it.

        (Love + Work) x (Grit + Love) = Something to be proud of, win or lose.

        • Thank you for providing about your experience for the exam review and congratulations on passing the exam! It must have been a tough 6 weeks. I hope that your son gets in! Have you guys applied elsewhere?

      • Our main prep was about six months of Mathnasium and a lot of reading about science. We worked through all of a middle school science book that I think was called something like Everything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook. It was written in a pretty fun way, so that was our bedtime reading for months. It was recommended to me by a mom on here, so it seems to work! At Mathnasium the goal was just to get her fully through fifth and sixth grade math.

  6. Feeling really disappointed about our waitlisting. Do kids ever get off waitlists with zero points?

    If we had known our daughter may get identified gifted & we’d want a different school, we would have taken the chance & applied somewhere hard last year to have 4 waitlist points.

    • Schools indeed go through their entire wait lists and take walk ins. You’ll need to be patient, and creative and look for schools that may not have the brand name recognition of other magnets–also look for SAS and other programs that may have room. And do not forget your home school may be able to make accommodations and she wouldn’t need to leave her friends.

  7. Academy for Enriched Sciences, Kindergarten
    4 points
    Hispanic male (actually 1/2 white, 1/2 Hispanic)
    So relieved, our home school is a 3/10! I haven’t received an email, but had the letter and action to select.
    Thanks a bunch Magnet Angel for this site! It has really helped this LAUSD Magnet rookie!!

  8. Welby Way Gifted Magnet
    2nd Grade
    12 points
    1/2 White 1/2 Filipino Female

    So excited…have been playing the game since she was four…Was identified gifted in 1st grade.

  9. Science Academy STEM Magnet, 12 pts, Latino Male, 6th Grade: Waitlisted

    Anybody have insights on how these numbers work?

    • Families who were accepted have until a set date to accept their spot. Once that deadline passes, schools move to their wait lists. There are essentially two–one for white applicants and one for minority. Schools will replace the originally admitted 1:1 with the students on the wait list. You can wait a few days and call to ask where you are on the wait list. Some schools are incredibly candid, and some are pretty vague. If they refuse to share details, make solid backup plans and decide when would be the last day you’d be willing to wait. You could conceivably be contacted in September.

      • Angel,

        With 12 waiting list points for Science Academy, what’s the chance to have a spot before summer? What’s the chance in previous years?

        • I am really not able to comment on points because I’m not at the school site. Your best bet will be to call the school after the 5th (preferably a week later or more) and find out where you are on the wait list for your grade and how far down they went last year. The magnet is very new in its magnet incarnation and while 6th grade fills, it remains to be seen how full the other grades will remain.

  10. Hale STEAM
    6th Grade
    15 points (with sibling points)
    Mixed (Asian/white) male
    Probably only needed 4 points to get in, but it was great to hear he got in.

        • ah, I forget about overcrowding! What is insane is that I live 4 blocks from the school and my “homeschool” is on Sawtelle. This whole system drives me batty. I wish I could get a point for living so dang close. Question: do we know how many kids get into LACES from their feeder school? I wonder how many open slots there even are!

          • The changes they’ve made in recent years (no bussing, proficiency tests, and reserving spots) all disappoint me incredibly. I guess I’m thankful my daughter is a senior.

          • In the case of LACES it’s not really the amount of overall spaces, rather the amount of those spaces that are allotted for students matriculating from specific school(s).

          • Thanks, Angel. I see Mid-City has two 5th grade classes, so 60ish kids will go straight to LACES. Are there other magnet schools that have this direct feeder school situation going on, bypassing the lottery? Thanks.

          • I wasn’t sure how many spots they reserve. And they make changes every year so there might be more. Some of the conversions don’t offer any bussing so in essence they favor neighborhood kids (especially in the West Valley where the schools are further from public transportation hubs.

  11. Wonderland Gifted Magnet
    4th Grade
    8 points
    White male

    7th Grade
    0 points
    White male

    No surprises, really. Mostly looking to accrue points.

      • Accepted off Wonderland waitlist on May 2 (was told we were the very last spot and class sizes were reduced this year).

  12. Science Academy STEM
    6th grade
    12 points
    Asian male

    What’s the chance with 12 points get called from the waitlist in previous years? So nervous if it works

    • Hi Lili: We’re in the same boat. Just wanted to let you know: we feel ill. (Misery loves company, right?)

      One thing: we gave our candidate a big celebration for passing the exam, and we’re are helping him — and ourselves — use this as an opportunity to accept feeling disappointed without getting discouraged.

    • That is our school! We have had a great experience. Feel free to reach out if you have any specific questions.

  13. Community Charter ES
    4 points
    White male

    Called Community. They said they won’t have waitlist numbers until after all of the people who were accepted make their decision. So, not until at least April 5, probably later.
    I do have a question, though, about first and second choice. So, my first choice was Community. Second choice was Open Charter. I thought that if I didn’t get into my first, that they’d bump me to my second. Clearly, that was wrong. So, would it be worth it or even possible to do a late application to Open Charter or is that completely pointless?
    And a similar one for SAS programs. We were accepted into Third Street for SAS. But, am now thinking that Franklin for SAS may be a better fit. Should I bother applying late to Franklin for SAS? If I accept Third Street, can I still do “late application” to others? Thanks!

    • When your application is run, they run it against your first choice. If it’s full, they move to your second choice. If that is full, then you revert to the wait list of your first choice. Since your second choice is equally (if not more) popular, it’s not likely they would get through the wait lists. You may want to call Franklin and see how many are on their wait list. Since this is all new territory with SAS as part of the same app process, you should ask the school directly.

      • In past years Franklin has definitely had spaces. I looked at moving my son mid year in kinder. It kinda turned into a fiasco but in theory they had space.

          • Where did you end up Madeleine? Thanks so much for the insight. (Trying to decide between CWC Silverlake and SAS at Third Street [or Franklin])

          • Hi, We started in Micheltorena for Kinder. Mid year we switched to LFCSA. We finished kinder at LFCSA and transferred, again, mid year to Citizens of the World HOllywood. So now he’s finishing first and I really like CWC Hollywood. If you want to talk more I”m happy to.

          • Would love to chat more, Madeleine! I’m at laurenmwhaley at yahoo dot com. Or, happy to reach out in any other way. Thank you!!

          • CWC has a social/emotional component. Franklin, I don’t believe, has that. THat was important to me. I don’t know about third street myself.

          • Doesn’t look like Franklin will have any spaces this year – the principal sent this message early in the week:

            Enrollment Cap for 2019-2020

            A message from FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

            Dear Franklin Families,

            Recently, enrollment in our residential area has risen much more than expected and caused our school to be near capacity very quickly. Franklin was asked by District offices to immediately implement procedures that inform incoming families about the current situation and possible next steps in case the school reaches full capacity.

            The following has been implemented thus far:
            Announcements regarding registration period and hours have been made available.
            Surveyed current families for incoming school age students, five years old on or before September 2nd, 2019. Families who indicated on the survey that a school age child would attend were asked to complete enrollment packets immediately.
            New requests for permits such as Open Enrollment, Childcare, Job Related Needs, etc. will not be granted for 2019-2020 school year.
            Sibling permits for the upcoming school year will not be offered.
            Current families attending Franklin on a permit program have been asked to inform the school of their plans for next school year.
            Incoming families are being informed of the current situation and possible next steps in the event our school reaches full capacity for 2019-2020. New overflow enrollees may be placed in another school with space designated by the school District.
            Families who have not yet submitted an enrollment application for next year are asked to submit one immediately.

            Though, we are faced with many questions and uncertainties, District protocols and policies in place will help to ensure that we serve families safely and responsibly. Franklin Faculty and staff will remain diligent at fulfilling our commitment to student achievement and serving our community. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.

            If you have any questions about enrollment for 2019-2020, please contact the school at (323) 663-0320.


            Veronica Sasso,

  14. Is it normal NOT to receive an email? I accepted yesterday, and I didn’t receive anything. I still have the option to accept or deny on the dashboard. Is this normal?

  15. My son is on the “top third” waitlist at LACES for 6th grade. If I accept an SAS school via echoices – does that bump him off the LACES waitlist?

  16. Hi All,

    I know this isn’t necessarily Magnet related but I’ve been perusing this website for some time and thought this would be the best place to ask.

    Does anyone know for sure how the Choices application works in regards to Open Enrollment if you have already applied to and accepted a spot in a different program, i.e., SAS, DLP?

    We have been selected for spots in both an SAS and Dual Language Immersion Program for Kindergarten. If I were to accept one of these options (we have until April 5th) would I sill be able to participate in Open Enrollment when it starts on April 29th?

    Also, if anyone has any opinions on the Third Street Korean Dual Language program, it would be much appreciated.


  17. Anyone else on the Wonderland waiting list (and actually wanting to go? Curious if you’ve gotten feedback about where you are on the waitlist. Thanks.

  18. Magnet Yenta

    I was having a discussion today with some other Moms about magnet matriculation. I thought if we matriculated from out magnet elementary school (Kester Gifted) we get 12 points automatically upon graduation so we don’t need to collect points at all in elementary and only think about this again in middle school for High school. I was told I’m wrong. Can you please clarify?

    • It’s always interesting that people choose to argue rather than just pull up the echoices site and read it, but you’re right and they’re wrong. When your child graduates from 5th your child will be eligible for 12 points. If they are not in a magnet, they’ll have two be rejected three years in a row. What may be the case is people who are thinking of leaving Kester for SOCES. Leaving for 4th grade would not get points. Of course, a Kester student couldn’t get wait list points while attending the magnet anyway.

      When your daughter enters 5th grade, apply with confidence for middle school. You have 12 points plus any other points you might have.

      • Thank you. So if we can’t apply for points while attending a magnet then we can only matriculate with 12 points right? I have none since we just accepted a Kester. I think that’s what I just read.

        • You don’t need to apply when attending a magnet. More importantly–you shouldn’t. If you were to apply and get in to the other magnet you would immediately lose the spot at the current school and could not go back.

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