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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.
Charter

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...

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...
Charter Season 2013

Charter Season 2013

The best place to start looking for Charter Schools is CalCharter.org school finder app January and February are the busiest months for parents applying to Charter Schools in LAUSD and throughout California.  Charters are a great option to add to your portfolio of choices.  Most parents looking at charters are looking for a specific program or structure and know...
LAUSD has a lot of school choice options.

LAUSD has a lot of school choice options.

LAUSD has so many school choice options, just listing and describing them desrves its own post.  To make things a little more fun I put the presentation into a Prezi.  Follow along like a power-point or pan around and zoom for more detail on a given topic.   You'll need to do additional research to...
LAUSD School Choice Time Line

LAUSD School Choice Time Line

There are a lot of school choice options for LAUSD and lots of deadlines.  Wouldn't it be great to get all school choice dates in a single place.  I'm using a Gantt chart to give you a birds eye view over the major school choice programs.  I'm going to be updating this as new programs...
HCC style LAUSD Charter Map

HCC style LAUSD Charter Map

We've been directing you to the California Charter School Association (CCSA) map, and you should keep using it. The CCSA map is fast and includes schools outside of the LAUSD boundaries.  Part of what we do at HCC is advocate for LAUSD to make finding its schools easier including charters.  Right now parents who visit...
School Tour Checklist

School Tour Checklist

The HCC School Tour Checklist  (beta 1.0) LAUSD SAS enrollment is going on now with many schools offering tours of their SAS program. (thank you Magnet Angel)   

Visiting a school can leave you with a lot of questions, so we went ahead and put some of the most popular questions on a checklist for you.  This...
A better charter map 2011-12

A better charter map 2011-12

  The California Charter School Association has a great map of charter schools in the LA area.  The CCSA map is better than anything we could do on our own.  I like that all cities are represented in this map and not just LAUSD schools.  Every bubble here has a link to the school’s respective...
LA media reports the new Open Enrollment debate

LA media reports the new Open Enrollment debate

Here are the highlights of what is being said around LA about LAUSD’s new Open Enrollment plans A few take aways. We shouldn’t have to debate how many student are or have been enrolled in LAUSD, this should be easy to find information on LAUSD’s website.  Depending on the story Daily Breeze pegs current enrollment...
What happens after you apply?

What happens after you apply?

You submitted your LAUSD Magnet/ PWT/ PSC/ Romero Transfer Act/ Charter school application(s), now what?     No matter what type of school(s) you have applied to, all schools must follow the same rules when accepting students.  If the school you applied to has fewer kids apply than seats available, every kid gets in.  If...
What are your Choices winter edition 2011

What are your Choices winter edition 2011

School choice for the 2012-2013 school year is almost over.  November and December are the most important months for school choice in LAUSD.  Magnet, PSC, PWT, and Romero Transfer Act all end in December.  Many charter schools will have closed their application window as well.  I hope this section helps you launch your search.  ...

HCC’s list of top Schools in Los Angeles (part 1 of 3)

We’re doing for LA schools what US News and World Report does for America’s Colleges.  We are ranking LA schools from number 1 to dead last.  Okay that’s not true.  But it does lead to a few questions that we are breaking into a 3 part series.  First why do you want to choose a...