Magnets, Lotteries, Points, Oh My!
by Tanya Anton | GoMamaGuide.com
It’s that time of year again. Only earlier.
The 2013-14 Magnet/eChoices Brochure is available, the echoices website is now LIVE and accepting applications, and the application deadline is ONE MONTH EARLIER than last year.
Beginning today, Monday, October 8, 2012 through the deadline Friday, November 16, 2012 at 5p, LAUSD residents may apply to the Magnet Program, Permits With Transportation (PWT) and/or the Public School Choice (NCLB-PSC) program.
Visit echoices.lausd.net. ONLINE. 24/7. It’s easy. It’s fast. It’s paperless.
Highlights for 2013 – There Are Several Notable Changes:
-The Big One: This year you will get to list up to THREE magnet choices. (Yup!!) Your points will only go towards your 1st choice, so your 2nd and 3rd choices will go to the bottom of the wait list, but still it’s a better chance than if you hadn’t applied at all.
-For what it’s worth, most competitive (ie. highly desirable) Magnet programs rarely exhaust their wait list, so being added to the bottom of the list with no points seems like a choiceless choice to me, but hey, it has the “appearance” of offering students more choice.
-Caution: Only select magnet programs you might actually WANT to get into, otherwise if you do get into a magnet program (even your 2nd or 3rd choice) and turn it down, you will lose your accumulated wait list points, so think carefully about your selections. Tread lightly, and smartly. As always, I’m here to help consult if need be.
– If your home school is Program Improvement (most middle and high schools are PI), you will now be able to apply to BOTH the NCLB-PSC program (the District will select ONE non-PI school assignment for you) AND up to 3 Magnet choices. Select Option B-the combo platter. Once you are accepted into a program, you will be removed from other programs and NO wait list points will be accrued. (In previous years you had to choose either the Magnet or the PSC program. Now you can select Option B and go for both.)
The Basic Highlights:
-Only open to LAUSD residents
-The application timeline is a month EARLIER than last year
-You can apply online 24/7 during the application window: Oct 8, 2012 – Nov 16, 2012 5p at echoices.lausd.net
-You can also pick up a paper booklet/application at most local schools and some libraries
-Minimum age: your child must turn 5 by Oct 1, 2013 to be eligible for Kindergarten in 2013
-Make sure you select a Magnet program your child is age-appropriate for, (some Magnet programs don’t start until 2nd or 3rd grade; you can’t apply to Kinder when your child is 3)
-Twins: each child needs a separate application and are treated as individuals. If only one gets in, the Sibling points will apply the following year.
-Magnet tours are happening now, October through mid-November, so get out there and tour some schools!
-There are virtually no more “overcrowded points” due to all the newly built schools and the entire district going on Early Start Calendar. (3 exceptions: Del Olmo EL, Cahuenga EL, Bell HS)
-Points are based on your zoned school determined by your residential address regardless of whether you attend or not
-Transportation is available if you live 2 miles or more from your elementary magnet school, and 5 miles or more from your secondary (middle/high school) magnet school
-The maximum riding time guideline for all students (K-12) one-way is 90 minutes
-The more points you have, the better your chance of getting into your 1st choice Magnet.
-It’s a random lottery so anything can happen.
-If you are currently attending a Magnet school, you don’t need to re-apply each year unless you are matriculating (from EL to MS, MS to HS, or wish to enter the lottery to switch to another magnet school
-You will be notified in writing of either acceptance or wait list status by March, 2013.
-Students may be contacted regarding an opening all the way up through the first MONTH of school. (Used to be the first 10 days of school)
-First day of school for LAUSD will be Tuesday, August 13, 2013. (Yeah, love that Early Start! Not.)
-Falsified applications will be disqualified and kicked from the program.
Again, if this seems overwhelming or you want to discuss strategy, please contact me for a consultation. I’m happy to help. Magnets are just one of many public school options.
If you are hunting for a middle school and live on the Westside, come to a free Westside Middle School Forum where 10 area middle schools will present under one roof next Thursday, October 18 at 6p at Coeur d’Alene Elementary School in Venice. details.