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FAQ's for Magnet Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Magnet Program? 

Magnet Programs are Court-Ordered voluntary integration opportunities available to students in grades K-12 living within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Currently there are 173 Magnet programs located throughout LAUSD.

Who can apply to Magnet programs? 

All students living within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Unified School District are eligible to apply, including English Learners, Special Education, and Gifted/Talented students.

What is the difference between Magnet and Gifted? 

The Magnet Program is a Court-Ordered voluntary integration program open to all LAUSD students. Thirty-eight (38) of the 173 Magnet programs available are Gifted/High-Ability or Highly Gifted programs. In order to apply to one of these 38 programs, students must first meet the eligibility criteria.

How do I apply for a Magnet school? 

The CHOICES brochure contains the application for the Magnet schools and comes out in the beginning of October.

Can I apply to more than one Magnet? 

Beginning in 2013-2014, students may apply for up to three Magnet programs.

May I fax my application? 

No. All applications are to be sent via U. S. mail or online. Applications may also be hand-delivered to Student Integration Services at 333 South Beaudry Avenue, 25th Floor, Los Angeles, 90017. Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for lost applications.

What happens if I miss the application deadline? 

Applications received by the on-time deadline will either be accepted or placed on an on-time waiting list. Applications received after the on-time deadline and by the late deadline, will be placed on a late waiting list. (Students on the late waiting list do not accrue points for that year.) Any applications received after the late application deadline will not be processed.

How are students accepted into Magnet programs? 

Students are randomly accepted into Magnet programs based on the number of priority points they have. The number of students selected is based on the number of available spaces at a particular school. Any student who sent in an on-time application, but was not selected, is placed on a waiting list at the school.

Are students selected on a first-come first-served basis? 

No. The selection process is random and does not begin until the on-time application deadline.

Is there guaranteed acceptance if I apply? 

No. Applicants are not guaranteed acceptance

How do I know if my child was accepted or not? 

In early December, you will receive a letter confirming receipt of your child’s application. In March, you will be notified by mail as to whether your child was accepted or placed on the waiting list.

What is my child’s status on the waiting list? 

Your child’s status will depend on the number of openings at the school of application as well as the number of applicants. Please call your child’s school of application to find out “what your child’s chances of being accepted are.” Knowing what number you are on the list will not necessarily guarantee your child’s ultimate acceptance at the school.

When will my child get called from the waiting list? 

Calls to students on the waiting list may begin as early as April and continue through the fourth week of the fall semester. Students may also be called during the first two weeks of the spring semester.

Do I have to reapply every year? 

Students who are currently enrolled in a Magnet school do not have to reapply unless they want to change schools (this includes promotion to the next school level, such as elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school). If a student remains on a waiting list then the student should reapply.

***FAQ's as found on eChoice (LAUSD's Website)***