Post Your LAUSD 2018-19 Magnet Questions Here

Perplexed by the magnet system? Confused by the points? Want to hear from folks who’ve been there before you? Spend a few minutes by reading our FAQs and poke around the site a bit.

Post your LAUSD magnet questions in the comments below.

*As a friendly reminder, this is a free service, provided by volunteers. Not all schools are represented and opinions may differ.

2018-19 Magnet Season Tours and Magnet Nights

Yep, it’s nearly that time. Let’s wax nostalgic as when we hit 2019, my youngest graduates high school. But fear not we’re happy to post magnet tours in *THIS* post (simply post your magnet tours & magnet nights in the comments and we’ll get them into the main post).

NorthEast, NorthWest, South, East and West, Magnet Nights are an easy way to visit multiple magnets in one location in one night. The link to that list is here.

And if you’d like to see the new magnet programs opening up in 2018-19, visit here.

Magnet season officially runs from Monday, October 2nd through Thursday, November 9th. But tours have started already, as have some school magnet nights. Also look to see about Magnet Open Houses, as some schools have started having weekend or evening open houses to get an even better idea of the school climate.

Please make sure any magnet you choose has transportation if that is important to you!

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

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


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:

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:

Nobel Math & Science Magnet

Palms Gifted Magnet

Paul Revere M/S/T Magnet

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

High School
Cleveland Humanities Magnet

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.

Magnet Season 2015-2016

While we still await the official changeover on the Echoices website for the new magnet season (website opens 10/1/14 and applications are due 11/14/14), Sepulveda Middle School has posted that their yearly “Meet the Middle School Magnets” Night will be October 2 from 6-8 pm. And Monroe has confirmed their Meet the Magnets night will be October 1 from 6 to 8 pm. Please in the comments, share upcoming magnet nights, tours, etc. As time permits, I will make a list within the body of this post. Many schools are already listing dates in September. Let the games begin! And as always, with questions, ask away in the comments as well.

Meet the High School Magnets Night, Monroe HS
October 1, 6-8 pm

Meet the Middle School Magnets Night, Sepulveda MS
October 2nd, 6-8 pm

Indvidual magnet tours (alphabetical)
Check individual schools for any changes:

High School:
Cleveland Humanities Magnet Tours starts at 8:30 am @ Room E10
09/19, 09/24, 10/03 Oct 7, Oct 16, Oct 21, Oct 27 @ 8:30 am

Hamilton Magnet High School (Music)
Tours begin Oct 8 and every Wednesday at 8-10 am through November 12. No reservations necessary.

John Marshall Gifted Magnet
Tours @ 10:30-11;30 am
Oct 1, 8, 15
RSVP is required by contact Pat Jeffries at (323) 671-1430 or

North Hollywood High School Highly Gifted Magnet
Oct 10, Oct 16, Oct 27
3 tour times to choose from
8:30-10 am; 11 am-12:30 pm; and 1:30-3 pm.
RSVP at (818) 753-6213 between 8-11 am or send email to Make sure you include your name, phone number, the number of people attending and the date/time you wish to attend.

Venice High School (STEMM & World Languages Magnet)
Tours @ 8:45-10 am in Student Cafeteria
Oct 2, 9, 23, 30
Nov 6, 13
No RSVP is required. Tours are intended for parents ONLY.

Middle School:
King Middle School Magnet Tours starts at 8:15 @ King Library
Oct 9, Oct 16, Oct 23, Nov 6, Nov 13

Lawrence Gifted Magnet
Magnet Informational Tours:
Wednesday, October 8
Tuesday, October 21
Wednesday, October 29
Wednesday, November 5
Monday, November 10
No reservations needed.
Students are welcome to attend.
All tours begin at 8:00am in the Lawrence Middle School Library

LACES Open House Oct 22
9-11 am (No RSVP required)

Click to access Open%20House%20Flyer%202014.pdf

Millikan Middle School
Tours begin in the library.
They are held at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
They last approximately an hour and a half.
Because of on school construction, tours are limited to those who register. Please register.

Nobel Middle School
All Tours are from 9-11:30 am in Multi-Purpose room
Sept 29, Oct 1, Oct 6
RSVP at magnet office 818-773-4730

Palms Gifted Magnet
Tours begin @ 9 am in Auditorium
Oct 6, Oct 24, Nov 3
April 13th, 2015 (after magnet deadline)
NO RSVP is required.

Porter Gifted Magnet
Tours @ 8:15-10:15 am
Dates are: Oct 8; Oct.16; Oct. 22, Oct. 27

Portola Highly Gifted Magnet Tours start at 8:30 am
Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10

Paul Revere Magnet
Tours @ 9-10:30 am
Sept 18, Oct 9, Nov 6 (they have more tour dates after deadline for charter lottery)

Mark Twain World Language Magnet
Tours begin @ 8:30 am every Wednesday in the Principal’s Conference Room
Sept 17, 24
Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Nov 5

Elementary School:
Braddock Drive Gifted & High Ability Magnet
Tours starts at 8:30 am in the magnet office. No RSVP is required.
Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4

Community Magnet Charter School
Tours @ 9-10:30 am
Oct 23, Nov 10

Eagle Rock Gifted & High Ability Magnet
Tours @ 8:30 am
Oct 20, Nov 3 in Auditorium
Nov 6 in Room 3

Eagle Rock Highly Gifted Magnet
Tours @ 8:30 am
Oct 21, Nov 4 in Auditorium
Oct 30 in Room 3

Open Charter Magnet Elementary School
Oct 28, Nov 4 at 8:30 am

Vintage Magnet Elementary School
In Main Office
9 am Oct 13, Oct 20, Oct 27
1:15 pm Nov 3

Welby Way Gifted & High Ability Magnet Tours
Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 10
RSVP at 818-992-8229

Click to access Magnet%20Tour%20Poster%20August%20%202014.pdf

SAS Application Window Open for 2014-15

While some of us are celebrating or need a little consoling, the other important window of LAUSD choice is now open.

Last year’s app is still up, but nothing is likely to change.  Start gathering the info on this, and I will repost the 2014-15 application as soon as it appears:

To locate schools in your area with Schools for Advanced Studies, scroll down from that link as well.

Families can apply to more than one SAS program.

Questions?  Fire away in the comments section below.

Update: the new SAS application is available HERE = and the newly redesigned LAUSD Gifted and Talented website can ba accessed here.

Just a Few Friendly Reminders

Ask a Magnet Yenta is an all-volunteer resource for parents learning the magnet system.  Before you post, PLEASE spend time on the E-choices website: .  The site lists every magnet available, deadline dates, bus schedules, maps.

Magnets never require grades.  Only gifted and highly gifted magnets require proof of ability which may be test scores or other identification.  Magnet applications are due between October to November 15.   

Other programs differ with their requirements (SAS is an application and does require tests and grades. Open enrollment requires an application), but please do some research before you post.  We want to help, but we need to be respectful of our volunteers’ time.

Required Viewing for Test Scores and Ratings has published a short video that succinctly says what we’ve been stressing for years: test scores are only part of the story.

LAUSD does not tend to break out the scores of magnets or other programs on a campus. So a school with a gifted magnet or SAS might look higher than it is, given that a percentage of the kids are scoring significantly higher. And as mentioned in the PI section of this site, an entire school can be labeled PI because of a struggling special education or ELL population. Dual-immersion programs tend to have lower scores in the beginning, and some brave schools teach off the ‘grid’ so to speak and their students may not look like the testing machines that their friends at more traditional campuses.

Bottom line: TOUR. If you don’t put puts on the ground, talk to parents, and investigate, your student might end up in a school that looks higher, but he or she might miss out on a really great educational experience.

Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) Dates Announced for 2013-14

LAUSD’s SAS page now has the dates for the 2013-14 SAS application season.

Student Application for the SAS Program

Application period is April 1-April 30, 2013.

With the notification of applicants: May 6-May 10, 2013.

Unlike magnet season, where all applications are treated the same in terms of date they are received, SAS spots go quickly. Get applications in the first couple days to assure the best chance of receiving a spot. Also check the school for any additional paperwork they might require.

Keep checking here in case the applications show up earlier.