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Hope Change Choices is dedicated to making school choice as accessible as possible for Los Angeles Unified parents. We believe that every family should know all their options.
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Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for the 2015-16 academic year is open.  You can get the list of schools and the application here.  This is the last choice program of the year. What is open enrollment:  Open enrollment is a choice program in LAUSD that lets you send your child to another school that has space available.  Open...

Rejection

After 6 years of promoting Magnet schools with my students and 5 years of running this site, my wife and I finally got to apply to a Magnet school this year.  And we got rejected. A quick summary of my reactions in rough chronological order “Really?” “That sucks” “So glad we are already in a...
How to apply online to Magnet Schools 2015-16

How to apply online to Magnet Schools 2015-16

I hope you’re having fun researching Magnet schools.  This is my first year applying to a Magnet school as a parent and I feel fortunate because LAUSD has done a lot of things to make the process better for families.  I am happy for all LAUSD families that now have a single place to visit...

Magnet Season 2015-16 is about to open

Any day now the 2015-16 Magnet application for LAUSD will be available at echoices.lausd.net.  In the mean time you can start researching.  Find Schools on LAUSD’s maps. “ISIC” schools cover all of LAUSD in addition to North, East, South, West. Ask a Magnet Yenta is another great resource for keeping up on all things LAUSD Magnet....
Open Enrollment is ...well open

Open Enrollment is …well open

LAUSD Open Enrollment for 2014-15 starts today and goes through May 23rd.  This is your last chance to get into a school.  Apply to as many schools as you want.  Even if this is your first time applying, you must get your Open Enrollment applications signed by your neighborhood LAUSD school. LAUSD press release:  http://home.lausd.net/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=377117&id=0...
Whats more popular than LAUSD iPads?  LAUSD Magnet Schools

Whats more popular than LAUSD iPads? LAUSD Magnet Schools

I know you are exhausted watching news outlets troll the web with the words “LAUSD” and “iPad” (see what I just did there).  Unless you read the Daily News, no other LA news outlet is announcing that Los Angeles Unified School District’s 2013-2014 Magnet/PWT/NCLB school choice season is open.  Last year over 60,000 families applied....
We are all Matt Damon

We are all Matt Damon

  First, kudos to Mr. Damon for saying there is no public school progressive enough in Los Angeles for his family.  My experience running this site for four years tells me he is wrong about there not being progressive schools.  I seriously doubt, given copious amounts of time, Mr. Damon couldn’t find a dozen schools...
Master The LAUSD Password

Master The LAUSD Password

Anyone who uses an LAUSD password will appreciate this.  LAUSD passwords must meet a certain length and character variety.  What makes LAUSD passwords particularly annoying is that they have to be recycled every 180 days and you cannot reuse a password, never ever. While this is not directly tied to School Choice in LAUSD, any...
Post-Reader survival plan

Post-Reader survival plan

When Google announced it was closing its “Reader” app, a large swath of the active web users were left sulking.  The rest of you were left wondering what is wrong with these people, see the bottom of this post for why I love Reader. If not “Google Reader”, what should I use.  Google reader was...

Applying to an Affiliated Charter… Good luck kid

Many LAUSD parents were caught by surprise that Open Enrollment does not include affiliated charters*.  I’ve spent the last few days going through the 40+ affiliated charter websites and calling some, trying to determine when they do have open enrollment windows.  Personally I found the process aggravating.  Some schools did a great job posting the...
Open Enrollment last Chance

Open Enrollment last Chance

Open Enrollment season started on Monday May 6th.  Thank you to LAUSD’s Office of Planning and Demographics, they made it easy to make the following maps of all Open Enrollment options.  Open Enrollment is your last chance to pick a school. Essential Tips 1.  Over apply, you can apply to as many schools as you...
Conflict and Confusion at 24th St.

Conflict and Confusion at 24th St.

School Choice and the Parent Trigger law are two amazing tools for parents to improve educational outcomes for their children, but the tension between the two methods needs more attention.  For 35 years, LAUSD has been telling families who don’t like their neighborhood, they can leave.  Now we are telling the parents that stay, they...