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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 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...

Open Enrollment is Open for business

Open Enrollment is your last chance at picking a school in LAUSD.  Applications are available now.  From their press release there are  270 schools  participating and 9,000 seats to open.  You can apply to as many schools as you want, even if you were already accepted and enrolled in another program.  We’ll post more details...
Last minute for Magnets and other updates

Last minute for Magnets and other updates

Magnets:  This Friday April 19th is the last day to act on your Magnet acceptance.  Most importantly if you don’t accept before April 19th  you will forgo your spot and any points you accumulated.   For those of you who are on a waiting list, after April 19th the Magnet office can begin to calculate...

Magnet acceptance letters are out, now what.

The wait is over.  Magnet acceptance letters are available online and being mailed home. You can check your status at https://echoicesapplication.lausd.net/ Depending on your status find which situation you are in and what to do next. Accepted and ready to enroll.  Congratulations you can call the school to find out about the enrollment process. Accepted...

School Choice news for March

Happening Now. Zone of Choice applications are due March 18th.  If you live in a zone of choice, you know who you are.  (ZOC website:  http://zoc-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/) The application is located here: https://zocapplication.lausd.net/App/Application.aspx   SAS (School for Advanced Studies):  The applications are out (http://www.lausd.net/lausd/offices/GATE/prog-opt-3.html) The Due date window is April 1st through 30th.  Notification letters going...