Last Day for LAUSD eChoices App!

Hey my LAUSD folks,

Just a friendly reminder that today is the LAST DAY to get your eChoices application in before tonight’s 11:59p deadline. If you haven’t gotten your application in yet, take a moment, go up there, and DO IT NOW. Don’t be late.

The eChoices application includes lottery selections for Magnets, Dual Language programs, Schools for Advanced Studies, and (new for 2020), Affiliated Charter Schools for elementary students, and for secondary students, all those categories plus Permits With Transportation, and Admission Criteria Schools. Six categories all from one app!

If you have already submitted your application, you might want to log onto your parent dashboard and review your selections today, making sure all the schools you wanted are listed and prioritized exactly how you want them to be. This is the last day you can make any edits to your application, such as reorder the priority (1st-2nd-3rd) of your choices, or drop/add some choices. Whatever is on your application at 11:59p this evening, is what is being submitted, but you can still make changes up until tonight’s deadline.

***Heads up, the SAS Verification of Eligibility Form is due by 5p tonight, not 11:59p.

How Do I Check My eChoices App and/or Make Changes?

Log onto your dashboard with your email and password at eChoices.lausd.net or apply.lausd.net. (They both will arrive at the same place.)

Once you are logged in with your password, you will be at your dashboard. (If you are just getting started for the first time, you will “Apply to Programs” and follow the prompts to select your choices in each category.) If you have already put in an application and want to give it a final once over before tonight’s deadline, click on “Track/Edit Applications” to review what you have previously submitted.

 

 

 

 

Then you will see each of your children’s current applications, and you can click on one to open it up and view it. Make sure it is exactly how you want it.

 

 

 

 

If you want to add/drop/reorder anything, this is your chance. Do it here. Remember to hit SAVE at the bottom when you are done.

 

 

 

 

Once you submit your app again, you should see your confirmation number and get an auto-email alert from “applyforschools@lausd.net” with your submission confirmation. Review everything again to make sure it caught all your changes.

Repeat for each sibling.

This is it. Only on-time applications are eligible for waitlist points in the magnet category, and have the best odds overall in the lotteries. Don’t be late.

Also, don’t wait until 11:57p tonight to try to cram your app in. You know the LAUSD server will be busy!

Also, you’ve had 6 1/2 weeks to get this done.

Wishing everyone the best possible outcome in the lotteries!

Thank you for participating.

I will be offline for the weekend and will be back at my desk on Monday.

Cheers y’all!

xo

 

 

Just released! GoMamaGuide to LAUSD: Biggest Guide Yet!

It’s HERE!

New for the 2020-2021 School Year!

Just in time for the lotteries!

Packed with information yet delivered in easily understood bite-sized pieces. Get the Big Guide to LAUSD. Covers every region within LAUSD: North, South, East and West!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Latest Elementary School Edition
GoMamaGuide to LAUSD 

LA Public Schools Demystified

by Tanya Anton

* Offers a thorough understanding of ALL your LAUSD public school options
* Outlines how (and when) to tackle each type of application process
* The latest changes to the eChoices lotteries for 2020-2021!
* Magnets and “The Point System” demystified
* The difference between Affiliated and Independent Charter schools
* Dual Language Immersions, Gifted, SAS, Open Enrollment, and other options
* Permitting in and out of District
* How to tour: what to look for in a school and more
* Learn how to expertly navigate schools in LAUSD!

Includes:
* Complete List of All LAUSD Public Elementary Schools (sorted by category and local district) 
* Handy month-by-month Application Timeline
* Evaluating Your Priorities Exercise
* Bonus Materials, Charts, and Resources
* Nearly 75 pages!
* All this for only $30 – less than what you’d spend at a Happy Hour!
* No need to leave home — Guidebook shipped to your door!

Note: Individual schools are not ranked or profiled. For individual assistance, and to find the best fit schools for your child, please consider booking a consultation with me.

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Tanya is brilliant. She made Los Angeles feel so wide open to me in a way I’ve never experienced. Run don’t walk to have her help you.  — Molly Shannon

I haven’t updated my testimonials page in years and frankly, I don’t put much thought into it anymore. But sometimes you meet with a client, and they are so exceedingly relieved and happy after we curate a list of potential schools together and work out a school plan, that they literally write up the quote and send it to you, insisting you have it. That happened this week, so I am sharing it with you. Thank you Molly. The pleasure was all mine!

I can honestly say that, first of all, I love what I do. I love working with you guys and showing you a way through a potentially stressful process.

And I also stand by my quote in The Hollywood Reporter, below. From my vantage point, the Varsity Blues scandal has absolutely impacted the school landscape, as some private school families quite literally are exploring their public school options for the very first time. Interesting times, indeed.

Hmm. Imagine if Mary Katherine Gallagher ditched her Catholic schoolgirl uniform for pajama bottoms and a hoodie and went to a local LA high school… There’s a whole world of sketch comedy in there for sure!

Last Webinar for 2019! (Those Points!)

For those of you who missed my September GoMamaGuide Webinar series, I will be offering my most requested webinar, Mastering Magnets: (Those Points!) one more time, just in time for the LAUSD eChoices deadline, where we go through that weighted magnet points system step-by-step and break it all down, so even YOU can understand how to do it. *Strongly recommended for parents with 2nd-8th graders

The Mastering Magnets webinar will be held this Tuesday, October 29th at noon. But if you can’t make the live date, no worries, a pre-paid ticket will get you the replay for a full 10 days afterward, so you can watch or review it again at your leisure.

[Click on image to register.]

This is a live event. I will be taking your questions in real time, or you can email me your related questions in advance.

To register for the webinar, just click on the image.
A pre-paid ticket* gets you the replay for a full 10 days afterward.
*Tickets MUST be purchased in advance of the start time in order to participate and get the replay. (Sorry, the replay will not be available for purchase at a later date.)

As always, if you find you need immediate assistance, we can always set up a phone or in-home consultation.

Latest eChoices Updates! New Category Added!

 

The eChoices application period is now open. Visit echoices.lausd.net.

Application period: Oct 1 – Nov 15, 2019 before 11:59p.

Now with SIX different programs, from ONE common app!  Yes, you could ostensibly win a school in each category. Apply NOW for next fall!

Heads up my Valley and Westside families, Affiliated Charter Schools (Canyon, Palisades, Carpenter, Colfax, Dixie, etc) – and their non-resident waitlist lotteries – are now moved onto the eChoices Oct/Nov app!!

New! Verification of Eligibility for SAS Kindergarten form.
New! Verification of Eligibility for Grades 1-12 form.
(Incoming Kinders, you no longer need both forms.)

If you need help curating a list of potential schools or with your strategy, or are confused by all of this, we can always set up a phone or in-home consultation. Happy to help!

Best of luck in the lotteries!

 

Fresh Webinars Just Added!

You’ve been asking, and I heard you. Introducing a fresh new GoMamaGuide Webinar series just in time for fall admissions season.

I’d like to think I’ve got you covered with all of these. There are TWO dates coming right up THIS WEEK for my most popular topic, Kinder 101: Know Your Public School Options. This is the talk I’ve been giving to LA parents for over a decade. I’ve scheduled one for this Wednesday at noon, and the other one for this Thursday at 7p. But if you can’t make either date, no worries, a pre-paid ticket will get you the replay for a full 7 days afterward, so you can watch or review at your leisure.

[Each image links to its corresponding registration page, so click on the one you want.]

And if you’ve mastered elementary school admissions, but are already starting to panic about your Middle School options, this one’s for you. Middle School Madness. I’ll walk you through the process because it’s never too early to work on your long-range strategy.

Gearing up for the upcoming eChoices application in October, I’ll be leading my thoroughly informative Mastering Magnets webinar, where we go through that weighted points system step-by-step and break it all down, so even YOU can understand how to do it.

Rounding up the series this month is the webinar on Understanding Gifted Options, and how to navigate that world. Yes, even for Kindergarteners. We’ll break down those acronyms…LAUSD LOVES their acronyms!

As with all of these webinars, there’ll be a live Q&A during the event, or you can email me your related questions in advance. Watch from the comfort of your own home or office, and check out the replay* for a full 7 days afterwards at your convenience. I love the no driving, no parking, no need to coordinate childcare factor with these webinars. Makes it super easy for both of us!

To register for a webinar, just click on the corresponding image.
A pre-paid ticket* gets you the replay for a full 7 days afterward.
*(Replay only available to pre-paid ticket holders. Tickets not available once the webinar starts.)

Oh, and for those of you who are asking, I am currently working on the latest up-to-date edition of “The GoMamaGuide to LAUSD” guidebook. Stay tuned for a fall release date announced soon and thanks for your patience.

Hope to see you on one of these events! As always, if you find you need immediate assistance, we can always set up a phone or in-home consultation.

Is It Luck or Just Good Strategic Guidance?

I don’t normally post about my client sessions because, well, they’re private. What happens in a one-on-one consultation stays in a one-on-one consultation. It’s not Vegas but we do create a safe container together.

But I want to share this story today (anonymously of course), because so many people come to me thinking they’ll never get into any good schools, it’s too competitive, too complicated, too this or too that, or they don’t have any points, and what’s even the point?

The point is, you can’t get in if you don’t apply!

And with good strategic advice, you can still do quite nicely if you have an open mind, do your due diligence, and follow through with good school guidance.

This particular client came to me in March. Well after all the school lottery deadlines had passed.

Magnets? Passed.
Dual Language Programs? Passed.
Charter lotteries? All passed.
Gifted/SAS programs? Also passed.

She was nervous. She thought she had messed up.

Undeterred, I worked with her based on her general area (Central/East) and created a strategic plan for her son. Based on my recommendations she submitted late applications in every category. Today on our third call together, she lets me know that she has received FIVE OFFERS! All tuition-free public school options. Five schools to mull over and make decisions about.

FIVE!

Magnet? – check!
Another even later Magnet? – check!
Dual Language? – check!
Charter? – check!
SAS? – check!
Open Enrollment? – pretty sure that’s going to become a check too!

Probably SIX by the time it’s all over and done with.

She says, “you saved my son’s life.”

And I say, ” Aw, I’m so happy to be able to help you.”

I’m sharing this with you to give you hope. There is always a way, no matter what the situation is, no matter what time of year it is, or what part of town. And while I can’t guarantee you’ll get into “that” school, or even more than two schools, I do know that together we can work to make a plan, go over your options, and figure it out.

And if you’re still out there hung on a couple of waitlists, don’t panic. It’s still early. There’s at least 4 schools on this client’s list alone that will have another opening very soon, as her son can only attend one of these schools. Multiply that by all the parents making school decisions. So stay strong. Those waitlists are moving. And there’s always a way through…

And another thing. If you’re lucky enough to get multiple school offers, don’t be that parent. Once you’ve made your decision, please, pah-leeez make sure you go back to the rejected school(s) to let them know you will not be attending, so they can release that empty seat to someone else. Trust me, someone you don’t even know will be silently thanking you.

[I wrote more about that HERE]

Thanks everyone. Stay strong. I’m so glad we had this little chat.

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Get Savvy on College Funding with SmartTrack!

Are you freaking out about college tuition? 

Wondering how to pay for college without losing your home or your retirement?

For many of us just thinking about it brings up feelings of dread and inadequacy. Perhaps downright denial as the cost of college tuition keeps spiraling upward at an ever increasing rate.

Folks, rather than bury your head in the sand, it’s time to get pro-active and take a look at where you stand and how to optimize your financial situation – whatever it is – to get the most out of the college financial application process.

And while I’m an expert on navigating K-12 public school options, I’m still learning when it comes to financial planning towards college. That’s why I went to SmartTrack College Funding to work with the experts, who reviewed my financial picture and set me straight.

For instance, here’s a little shocker I learned.

Did you know that the generous savings account your grandparents set up for your kids and fund every year will actually be factored into your Expected Family Contribution (EFC – the amount you will be asked to pay for tuition based on your entire financial picture) at 20%, but if it was held in YOUR name it will only be factored at 5%?*

(Oops, sorry kids. Your account is MINE now!)

That’s just one of the many things I learned after working with my SmartTrack College Funding Coach, who helped me know which assets to move around and where, in order to minimize the sting of what colleges will expect me to hand over to them for tuition.

*Caveat: Before you start moving money around, you really need to check in with your SmartTrack College Funding Coach for the best strategies that work for your particular financial situation. To get started with your FREE assessment, use this special link.

I can hear you now, “But it’s WAAAAYYYYY too early to be thinking about that stuff, I mean, I just got my kid into middle school. We don’t even know where he’s going to high school, let alone college!!”

Folks, the prep time comes earlier than you think. (Are you listening my middle school families?)

So I sat down with Cyndi Menegaz of SmartTrack and had a little chat about all of this college financial planning intel. She’s got a lot of great info and a special deal for my GoMamaGuide families. Take a look:


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Don’t despair, get prepared. Get SmartTrack.

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• How to pay for college
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Don’t pay “retail” tuition. Learn how to mitigate red flags in your financial profile and lower your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) tuition calculation. Get help with your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Utilize SmartTrack’s online suite of college funding tools and handy resources, and work with a personalized SmartTrack College Funding Coach who will walk you through the financial process to save you money.

Schedule your FREE 15 min call! 818-552-0800 and mention GoMamaGuide.

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**Specifically targeted for my 8th-10th grade families, but it’s never too early to prepare. Call for your FREE assessment today. 

Guys, your kids will be doing SAT/ACT test prep, they’ll be doing college essay prep, and parents if you’re smart, you’ll be going to SmartTrack to do financial prep.

Or, you could skip this step and just hand over all your hard-earned $$$$ to tuition! 

 

Heads Up! ECHOICES Deadline Extended One More Week To Friday Nov 16 5p!

It has been brought to my attention that the LAUSD has extended their eChoices online application deadline one extra week.

New deadline is Friday, November 16th at 5p.

Sending love and prayers to all the families who are impacted by these crazy fires. Please be safe, please help one another, and together we will get through these trying times. My heart goes out to friends who have completely lost their homes.
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eChoices Deadline This Friday, Nov 9 at 5p!

5 LAUSD Programs, 1 Application.

Due by 5p this Friday, November 9, 2018.

New Deadline: Friday, November 16, 2018.

Go to: echoices.lausd.net or apply.lausd.net

If you are considering Magnets, Dual Language programs, SAS/Schools For Advanced Studies programs (no, it’s not due in March anymore), PWT/Permits With Transportation, and the newly coined programs called Admission Criteria Schools for next fall, then get those applications in NOW!

You can go up and edit your application as many times as you like between now and 5p on Friday, but whatever is listed on your application at the deadline is what will be submitted.

Your Verification of Eligibility Forms and Kindergarten Readiness Checklist Forms for Gifted/SAS Programs also need to be RECEIVED by 5p this next Friday.

Should you miss this deadline and submit a late application in February, Magnet folks will forfeit the opportunity to collect any waitlist points. You will also run the risk of not getting into the more competitive programs. Just get it in on time.

Got questions? If you need a last-minute consult to review your app or strategy, I have a block of 30 min phone consultations available between 9a and 4p through Friday afternoon. You can grab your call with me here: https://gomamaguide.com/store/phone-consultations/

I turn into a pumpkin Friday at 5:01p.