Although North Hollywood is no Van Nuys (with a whopping four 8 magnet point schools, as of 2007-2008) North Hollywood does have two “8 magnet point” schools (PHBAO plus three-track “Overcrowded”). Meaning if the following are your LAUSD elementaries you have an excellent shot at having your pick of magnet schools, particularly in K and 1st grade (before those accruing waiting list points start to catch up with you).
Then again, even a non-magnet neighborhood elementary like Lankershim has its charms (we Magnet Yentas have met a travelling art teacher who LOVES the school). The reported problem for prospective parents is a front office staff (so typical of the LAUSD) in that, while not unfriendly exactly, they aren’t particularly “customer”-oriented. (A North Hollywood family’s query as to whether Lankershim gave prospective tours was greeted with blankness, confusion, and an eventual no.) We could stand to be corrected–paging Lankershim!