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Magnet Application Questions

What does a magnet application look like and how do I get one?

  • The magnet application comes in the form of a brochure. It is called CHOICES and is available online at  beginning October 1, 2019.  For those who are unable to apply online, paper copies will be available at all LAUSD schools, LA City Libraries, Local District Offices and LAUSD Headquarters.  All applications are due by November 15, 2019.
  • Students attending private school or a charter school must ask their neighborhood school for the magnet application.  Please note that all private school and independent charter school students who are applying to a Gifted/High Ability Magnet must obtain verification from their current school of attendance. 
  • Applicants must be residents of LAUSD at the time of the application and while participating in a Magnet.


How do students become eligible to attend a magnet?
  • All students living in the LAUSD boundary lines are eligible to attend any magnet in LAUSD excluding the gifted/high ability magnet and the highly gifted magnet.
  • Only gifted/high ability and highly gifted magnets require specific eligibility criteria for selection.


What criteria must my child meet to attend a gifted/high ability magnet?

To meet gifted/high ability criteria a student:

Must meet All four critical thinking and problem solving skills:

  1. Explain meanings or relationships among facts, information or concepts that demonstrate depth and complexity.
  2. Formulate new ideas or solutions and elaborate on the information.
  3. Use alternative methods in approaching new or unfamiliar mathematical problems.
  4. Use extensive vocabulary easily and accurately to express creative ideas.
The principal will determine verification.
Student scored in the in the Standard Exceeded range on the 2019 Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) or received a national percentile score of 85% or above on a District-approved standardized norm-referenced test in both English Language and Mathematics (most recent year only).



Be identified as gifted by a LAUSD School Psychologist in intellectual, high achievement, or specific academic ability categories.

How can a child be identified as gifted and highly gifted?

To be identified as gifted a students must meet criterion of at least 95%  and 99.9% for highly gifted on an intellectual assessment administered by the LAUSD Psychological Services Branch.
My child is not currently enrolled in a LAUSD school. How can my child get verified as gifted or highly gifted?

  • Request verification form be sent to private school.
  • Contact current school to give permission to release required information.
  • Confirm verification form was returned to the Gifted/Talented Programs office on time.


How does the magnet office select students for the magnet program?

The magnet program is a court-ordered voluntary integration program. Due to a limited number of available spaces students must apply by completing and returning the magnet application called Choices. Each student is assigned a number of priority magnet points. The selection is then made by a random selection weighted by the PRIORITY POINTS.

Magnet Acronyms
MAT – matriculation W/L - wait list OC – overcrowded SIB – sibling
PHBAO- Predominantly Hispanic, Black, Asian and Other Non-Anglo

There are 5 ways to receive priority points.

Assigned Priority Points Reason for Point
12 Matriculation (moving from elementary to middle school or from middle to high school)
  • given at time of matriculation-one time only
  • matriculation points are good for one year. If you wait a year before applying you lose your wait list points
  • when and if you apply and matriculate and are put on a wait list your matriculation points revert to 4 points
4 - 12 Wait list (Three years maximum)
4 PHBAO School (school of residence)
4 Overcrowded School (school of residence)
3 Sibling attending the same magnet for which the student is applying (only once-2 siblings still only receive 3 points)


My child is in 5th grade and is in a magnet. I am applying to a magnet middle school. If my child does not get accepted does my child keep the 12 matriculation points plus get 4 new wait list points?

No, the student will lose all 12 matriculation points. The student will then start over with 4 wait list points for middle school.


My child is in 5th grade and is in a magnet. I am applying to a magnet middle school if my child is not accepted I know he will lose his 12 matriculation points and start over with 4 wait list points. May I add PHBAO, sibling, and OC points to the 4 new wait list points?

Yes, your child will have 4 wait list points; depending upon his school of residence he may acquire 4 PHBAO points, 4 OC points, and 3 SIB points, a total of 15 points. The sibling must attend the magnet for which the student is applying.

My child has NEVER been accepted into a magnet and has accumulated 12 wait list points. Do those points matriculate to the magnet middle school that I am applying for?

Yes, you will keep all 12 points however if your child is not accepted and goes on a middle school wait list the points will then revert back to 4 points.

Can I apply to a middle school magnet and a middle school SAS at the same time?


If I accept an SAS spot do I lose my magnet wait list points?



How many points can matriculate to the middle school and to the high school?

A total of 23 accumulated points can matriculate to middle school from elementary and from middle school to high school:


  • 12 matriculation points,
  • 4 PHBAO points
  • 4 OC points
  • 3 Sibling points (must attend the same magnet for which the student is applying)
  • making a total of 23 points.

My child is enrolled in the 4th grade in an elementary magnet. If he applies to a different magnet for 5th grade and is accepted does he still have 12 matriculation points for middle school?

Yes, a student attending a magnet will take 12 matriculation points with him when applying to a middle school magnet.

If my child is accepted into an elementary or middle school magnet and I decline do I keep my wait list points?

No. You will lose all wait list points.

If a student is never accepted into an elementary or middle school magnet do the wait list points add up from elementary and middle school and count for high school?

No. A student can never carry more than 12 wait list points in any one year.

Can my child qualify for an SAS program through the 4 higher level thinking skills if he hasn’t officially been identified as intellectually gifted?

Yes, when verified by the principal.

Does the magnet program provide transportation?

The magnet program does supply transportation to magnet students if they reside outside a two-mile radius or outside the magnet school attendance boundary, whichever is further. NO student may ride the bus for more than 75 minutes each way. Routes and pick-up locations have been established and will not be changed.



What happens to my application if I turn it in late?

  • Any application received or postmarked after the due date is LATE.
  • Late applications will be accepted but students will be placed on a Space Availability List.
  • No priority points are assigned.


Can my child attend a magnet and accumulate wait list points for another magnet?

No. A child attending a magnet can not have wait list points.

My child attends a Charter School. Will she receive a preprinted Choices Brochure?

No. You must request a Choices Brochure from your neighborhood school. If your child is applying to a gifted/high ability magnet or a highly gifted magnet you must contact the gifted/talented program office.

My child is extremely bright and belongs in a gifted magnet. Can I send copies of his work along with the magnet application to prove that he deserves to be selected?

No. The magnet office will only consider the application itself.

If my child is accepted into a magnet and I decide not to accept will my child keep his wait list points?

No. The student will lose all wait list points and will not be placed on the wait list.

I am white and my husband is Asian can I mark both ethnicities on the magnet application?

No. You must choose one ethnicity.

If my child does not get accepted into a magnet and is put on a wait list how and when will I be notified of an opening if he is chosen from the wait list?

When an opening arises, the magnet coordinator will call you and ask you if you accept or decline the opening. The magnet coordinator will make three attempts to call you before moving on to the next applicant.

If my child is placed on the wait list how can I assure that I will be notified if an opening arises?

Call the Magnet school and make sure the school has a current daytime phone number. If you are going on vacation or will be unable to answer the phone make sure that you call the school and tell them that you will accept if you are called. Put your acceptance in writing and mail it to the school for their records.

If my child is placed on a wait list how can I find out where he is on the wait list?

The wait list shifts for a number of reasons: a wait-listed student may move out of the LAUSD boundary lines, may decide to attend a different school, errors made by the district, etc. As an assurance that the school does not give out an inaccurate number, the school is only authorized to provide the applicant’s placement in a section of the wait list such as top, middle, or bottom.