2020-2021 LAUSD Magnet Results

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  1. Hello. We are waitlisted at LACES, white male, 16 pts. Is there a way to find out what number we are on the waitlist?

      • Do you have any information on Affiliated Charter Schools? I applied to a few in the valley and obviously I imagine Covid has derailed things but the school websites seem to say they’d have held their public lottery drawings in late february but none of them show any further info and on my Echoices letter it just says “wait list” for all the charter schools and that we’d be contacted if space opens. Just curious if anyone knows anything more about this process since it’s new to Echoices this year.

        • Keep in mind, Affiliated Charters are “charter light.” They’re not really charters. Website updates at the school level have probably been suspended given all the admins have to do just to keep the school world turning. As they’ve moved the affiliated charters under the E-choices umbrella (more proof they’re not really charters), and the portal says “wait list,” it’s safe to assume they held the lotteries and you will hear as they move down the website. You may want to try to reach out via email to a school official at the schools you chose. But given what they’re dealing with now, please be understanding on how long it takes them to get back to you about a wait list given that they all still have kids that they are trying to get online and staff members to get Zoom proficient to teach lessons. It’s not to sound short, but there’s no precedent for this. There will be wait list movement, I guarantee that this year, but honestly, you’re best off just hanging tight.

          • Totally understand things are wacky right now. One last question, do you know if we accept a placement at an Affiliated Charter, do we lose spot on wait list at a magnet?

  2. Eagle rock HG 5 GR waitlisted , no points yet , second time applying ! First time he was accepted ( different school)

  3. Cleveland – humanities
    White, female, 9th, 12 points, waitlisted

    Porter- white, male, 6th, 12 points, accepted

  4. Sorry I can’t figure out how to post online from my phone White male Wonderland gifted Third grade Wait listed with eight points

    On Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 1:58 PM Ask A Magnet Yenta wrote:

    > magnetangel posted: “Please feel free to share your good news or > commiserate with others in this post. It is helpful if you share School > Grade Points (and any other information you feel comfortable sharing: > minority/white, gender, etc) Acceptance/Waitlist &nbsp” >

    • Hah I’m so sorry. We were waitlisted at COmmunity Magnet, not Wonderland. I had Wonderland on the brain. So waitlisted with eight points white male third grade COmmunity Magnet

  5. Accepted into 6th grade LACES.
    White female with 19 points (12 waitlist, 3 sibling, 4 PHBAO).

    Waitlisted- 5th grade Community Magnet
    White male with 12 points

  6. Hi! My daughter was accepted at:
    Portola Middle School – Highly Gifted Magnet (first and only choice on eChoices)
    with matriculation points from elementary school.

    Also accepted into Walter Reed Middle School IHP.

    Getting both was unexpected and we really don’t know which to choose. Any thoughts?

    • My daughter went to the IHP and had a great experience (dedicated teachers, great music program, small academies foster ties). She is now at the North Hollywood HGM and feels that it prepared her well for that program; her friends and classmates are mostly from Portola HGM and IHP.

  7. Science Academy Stem Magnet 6th grade
    White female 12 points – Accepted

    Also got into Reed IHP. Happy but tough choices!

      • Thinking about science academy for my son, would you mind sharing your experience so far? It is very difficult this year without actual school tours.
        Thank you,

        • Since it is virtual for all of us, our experience might not be how it is in real life. Principal is very very involved and has a clear direction of how he wants students to be and to learn. Teachers are well credentialed and I can tell my kids are learning better than his friends doing distance learning at other schools. For example, Math teacher slotted extra times per week so that kids are getting lessons equivalent to the normal schedule so that they are better equipped for the next year. Some classes are taught at AP level now so that when kids actually take the AP class, they are more than ready to tackle the class. They have office hours and tutoring programs — including high school students helping out middle school students. For high school students, in addition to the AP classes, they actually take college classes too.
          I’ve been on to various parents virtual events, like back to school, coffee with principal — and parents seemed to be enthusiastic about education and very involved and know each other well. They try to organize small sessions so that kids can have some ‘real’ connection time. I have not been too involved but i would say so far so good given current pandemic/virtual situation. My kids are both new to the school and but academically doing well. Definitely 8th grader has more work than 6th grader but it’s totally manageable. Not that many late nights or weekends. Since some of the classes have higher final exam ratio, I have to see how they do at the end of the semester, but so far, they are both getting all A’s. I can’t wait for things to go back so my kids can meet other students and me also meeting other parents/families as it seemed to be a great tight community.

    • What did you decide? Our son, Asian, was also accepted into both for 6 grade and having hard time deciding! 12 points.

    • My younger one was going to join the older one at Porter Magnet program but they both got accepted for 6th and 8th. I was super excited but some people were telling me that Granada Hills Charter will be a better choice for college as they have longer history while Science Academy is new to the process. Can you please share what your thoughts are on this?

      • If you are zoned for Granada that’s one consideration. The lottery isn’t a guarantee. That said, I know people who like Science Academy and people are are less enthused as years go by. The school is very small and choices are limited. On the other hand, if you want to help at the school and you’re not looking for extra curriculars or sports or other aspects of a larger campus, Science Academy might not be a long term fit. Your older child is no longer able to attend Porter, so your choices are Science Academy or your home school, so if for one year you want to try it out, you have that time to kick the tires and see if your oldest likes what will be available for the high school years there. Otherwise, you can apply to Granada and see if you get in if that is even going to be an option.

        • Thank you. We will see how it is for one year and if it doesn’t work out then will apply to Granada. (I need to look into how the zone school assignment works). I love what Granada provides however also concerned that it’s too big. Is the main reason people are less enthused due to the limited options for classes? I am very curious to see how the college matriculation will be. I have discussion on whether the competition will be more fierce at The Science Academy vs. Granada and if it’s better to do well at a smaller school vs. big school when applying to top colleges.

          • Limited course options are a big issue for high achieving kids. If a school only offers one section of Calc BC, then students take that section. If anything else is only offered during that period, they have to choose between the courses.

            Years ago, a Math/Science middle school had only one section of Geometry, forcing students out of band–which was held the same period. While band might not be an issue for every student, the example carries over. It can become an issue in HS when it’s more significant courses students must choose from. When schools have 4 sections of Calc BC, 6 sections of AP Gov, 3 sections of AP Lit or Lang it means that the student can be on the school paper, be on the water polo team, or take chorus or band. It does make a difference. Also making sure there are enough extracurriculars that your child can shine in various types of programs that make them a strong candidate for whichever colleges they choose to apply to.

            Whether it needs to be a school as big as Granada, a comprehensive high school with a variety of programs will give them that.

            A very small school with a very small cohort may interest some students, but it will rely on significant planning and contingencies to make sure that there are choices and that all students aren’t slotted into the same six classes because that’s all they have the option of. Some small programs force all students to take the same foreign language for 2-3 years, and with only one class at each level, it prevents students from taking anything else in that time period.

            You have time to tour additional schools and ask questions of older students’ parents and see where students do get accepted–not just a few select students, but the majority of students.

            Good luck.

  8. We are grateful for both children’s first choice magnet acceptances.
    White Male, 6th grade, Hale Steam, 8pts
    (We didn’t apply for any other magnets, but he got a charter acceptance to Nobel and a charter waitlist for Portola AIAT)
    White Female, 9th grade, Cleveland Humanities, 12pts
    (Only choice. Some of our daughters friends were waitlisted at Cleveland with 12pts.)
    Thank you for the information gleaned from this site.

  9. I e-mailed the district to see if any changes are planned for parent notification from the waitlists. This is their current reply, which obviously could change. I would expect most people will be waiting until the last minute (4/17) to accept or decline given no ability to tour/attend activities, etc.

    Response: Although schools are not in session, magnet coordinators are working. They have remote access to all relevant district applications and will call or email parents when seats become available.

    • It makes perfect sense. Yes, magnet coordinators can work from home. And people do tend to wait to push the button. If anything, there may be a day or two delay where magnet coordinators reach out to the folks who haven’t responded in order to make sure people don’t forget.

  10. Lake Balboa College Prep, 3rd Grade, Boy, White, 8 points, selected.

    But….. With the schools closed for the Stay at Home Covid-19 order, we just can’t decide whether to accept or decline! We’re pulling our hair out. We’ve never even toured the campus, let alone speak to any stakeholders.

    I understand if we lose the seat by declining. But, considering the circumstances, I really don’t think we should lose the points we had at least before this application! We don’t know what to do! We don’t want to start from scratch, our neighborhood LAUSD elementary school is abysmal, and we’ve struggled to the bone financially to have him in private school for the last 3 years. And, that was when the economy was doing well. Who knows what’s coming!

    • It’s very unlikely that the district will change the outlook based on several issues. Tours are typically in the fall before families apply. There are many well-known schools that do not tour in the Spring in a typical year. Have you had to commit and pay the deposit for the private school already?

      • Yeah. We did already commit & pay the deposit before the Magnet results came out. Then we found out about the selection after LAUSD closed. I guess we should have done our due diligence earlier, but I really didn’t think he would be selected.

        This will only put us 1-2 years behind in points (he was wait listed for everything last year), but who knows what can happen in 2 years. There’s just no way we could place him in our local elementary, so we’re stuck now for that time (maybe). We really didn’t know much about Lake Balboa and we couldn’t bring ourselves to commit. I hope I didn’t make a huge mistake declining that selection.

        • It’s a difficult lesson, but it’s one to remember. They assume if you get chosen you will attend. So for the next couple of years, make sure you apply to places your son will actually attend. And when the schools open, go ahead and tour your neighborhood school. You may be surprised by what you see.

  11. I just got a call today from Eagle Rock GH magnet ! My son got accepted from waiting list for 5th grade !
    Should he change school? He is attending Carpenter community charter! Im a little confused, I didn’t even expect that he would get there! We live in studio city

    • Only you know whether he should move or not. He will be moving from his friends and graduation (assuming the pandemic is over by fall). Have you looked at the bus route? What made you choose that school to apply?

  12. well we got into community magnet charter by mistake. I guess we shouldn’t have applied for fourth grade since we were just going for points. my son is going into fourth, he’s caucasian and i believe we had 12 points. we live in silver lake. you know i might send him. if anyone knows a fourth grader at community magnet please oh please reach out to me i can’t find a single parent to talk to

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