Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) Applications for 2016-17 Available

Thanks to the heads up from one of our yentas, here’s the link for the updated SAS application for 2016-17:

This does not include affiliated charters, which have their own timelines due to state rules, but with the magnet acceptances and wait lists going out, this is another opportunity to choose where your children can attend.

List LAUSD 2016-17 Magnet Acceptances Here

Letters are now up at Please DO NOT call schools on Friday asking about wait lists. It’s a minimum day at many/most schools. No school will have any info until after the acceptance deadline of April 8.

When the magnet letters go out, please post the school, points, accepted or waitlisted, and anything else that you think might help us read the proverbial tea leaves to determine who got in and where the wait list starts.

Feel free to share this post with other families so we have more complete information. I definitely see new schools in the mix of acceptances and waitlists. Thanks to all posting.

Walter Reed acceptances have also gone out.

Good luck to all. This is the first year after 20 where I haven’t had to fill out an application. 🙂

Space Available List for 2015-16

So you missed the deadline back in November. Or you realize now you want some other options. Here’s the LAUSD list of space available magnets. While it’s not likely folks will want to transfer mid-year, it’s worth contacting them. Or look at this list for future low applicant pool schools.

Look at the list here. ***Correction: this is the list for 2015-16. The 2016-17 list is not on the website yet, but I suspect going into the application will garner the list.

There are some really GREAT schools on this list, either newer magnets or magnets competing with nearby schools for students, or even schools people dismiss for all kinds of reasons.

Apply to these and you’re essentially guaranteed to get in. They have fewer applications than openings, so even if somehow you get waitlisted on this group, some of the original applicants will turn down and your student will get in.

This list will also be SUPER helpful for folks next year to predict which years they might get a surprise acceptance. 🙂

Space Available Begins December 1

So you missed the magnet deadline? or your child changed his or her mind?

You’ll be able to apply to the space available magnets starting December 1.

Good luck!

Magnet Season Is Open!

The 2016-2017 Magnet Season opens October 1 and will conclude at 5 pm on November 13. Check out our post with tour schedules.

For the first time in twenty years, I don’t have to fill out an application. When we started, it was a two-color paper brochure with no pictures. Now, most folks use the online application at LAUSD has come a long way, but they still have a lot to do to make it a simple and well-understood process. Feel free to continue to ask questions here.

Good luck!

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.

Open Enrollment 2015-16

Here’s the last school choice program for LAUSD’s 2015-16 year. If you’re still on a wait list for a magnet or an SAS, you may still be called, but you can get some piece of mind with a backup plan. Online applications are due by Friday May 22nd, 2015.

The application process begins here:

For a list of schools, click here:

And as always, feel free to ask questions in the comments.