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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.
Magnet

Dual Language does not impact Magnet Points

If you apply to a Dual Language and Magnet, your acceptance to a Dual Language program will not eliminate wait list points if you get wait listed at the magnet. For example: If you apply to Grandview Dual Language Spanish and Wonderland magnet, you get into Grandview and wait-listed at Wonderland, you enroll in Grandview...

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....
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....
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...

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...
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...
West Area Magnet Fair

West Area Magnet Fair

There will be a Magnet Fair put on by Educational Service Center West October 13th from 8am to 12pm at Cochran Middle School.  All 37 schools in the West area will be there.  You do not have to live in the West area to attend a West area magnet school.  Educational Service Center West’s Parent...
The numbers on 2012-13 Magnet applications

The numbers on 2012-13 Magnet applications

The numbers are in and LAUSD Magnets continue to be both wildly popular and desperately lacking capacity.  Initial impressions of this year’s Magnet process were a bit mixed.   We heard the points needed to enroll in a Magnet school went down at many schools.  Initially the blame was placed on the new online application...
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...