acs icon Admission Criteria Schools


L.A. Unified recognizes the unique interests of every learner and the importance of offering different types of programs to meet each child’s needs. L.A. Unified is home to a variety of schools with specialized programs that have additional selection requirements. Currently, L.A. Unified offers two single-gender Leadership Academies with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math and four Early-College Programs with concurrent enrollment opportunities for high school students. Due to the unique demands of these programs, applicants need to ensure the programs are a good fit for their child’s interests by fulfilling the requirements of an additional screening process at the school site.

Interested applicants for Admission Criteria Schools should research the schools on our new School Search Tool at (click on the "Explore" tab), visit the school’s website and attend informational sessions before submitting a Choices application. After submitting an on-time Choices application, applicants will be contacted by the school to participate in an additional screening process.


  • Admission Criteria Schools serve students Districtwide and have no designated feeder pathways or zoned attendance boundaries. For more information regarding a specific program, please call the school using the telephone number listed or visit their website listed under the school’s name.
  • Each program’s openings are determined by verification of eligibility and by available space.
  • If there are more qualified applicants than spaces available at the school, a random, unbiased selection process will be conducted. Siblings of current students have priority for attendance. All students from other districts must meet entrance criteria and obtain an inter-district permit to attend an ACS school. There is no priority point accrual process for Admission Criteria Schools. Priority points are used by the Magnet Program only.
  • If the applicant does not get selected into the Admission Criteria School, and the applicant is verified as eligible, the applicant will be placed on the waiting list.
  • Students placed on a waiting list may be contacted regarding an opening up through the first month of school.
  • Siblings of students who have left the school, have culminated, or will culminate this school year, do not have sibling priority.
  • If a twin is selected, the other twin is accepted automatically if the applicant also meets eligibility requirements.
  • Before making your school selection, please call the school to obtain information regarding the school’s orientation meeting, tours, uniform requirements and other pertinent information.
  • The applicant agrees to abide by the uniform policy or dress code set by the program selected and hereby waives any right to opt out.
  • Applicants who wish to apply to an Admission Criteria School after the November 16, 2018 deadline may submit a late application online through the website. The late application will only allow for a single school choice and will open February 1, 2019. Available seats for late applicants will be open after all of the students on the waiting list have been offered placement at the selected school site. Submitting a late application does not guarantee student placement.
  • DO NOT SUBMIT A NEW APPLICATION if your child is currently enrolled in an Admission Criteria School and wishes to continue at the same school.
  • If selected, parent/guardian may accept or decline by calling the school by the deadline on the selection letter. If a response is not received by the deadline, it is considered a decline.


Before making your selection, please note that transportation is not provided for Admission Criteria Schools. Students with disabilities will have access to transportation if the student’s IEP requires it. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), foster youth in out-of-home care, as defined, and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to receive transportation to and from their school of origin. Please contact Student Support Programs at (213) 241-3840 for more information and/or assistance.