Magnet Program


Since 1977, the Los Angeles Unified School District (L.A. Unified) has been at the forefront of providing high-quality instruction and a rigorous curriculum designed to facilitate student learning and promote academic achievement for all District students participating in its Court-Ordered voluntary integration programs. The Magnet and PWT programs are in alignment with L.A. Unified goals: 100 percent graduation, proficiency for all, 100 percent attendance, parent, community and student engagement, school safety, and building a solid foundation for early learners. These voluntary integration programs, Magnet and Permits With Transportation (PWT), were established to address the Five Harms of Racial Isolation:
  • Low Academic Achievement
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Lack of access to Post-secondary Opportunities
  • Interracial Hostility and Intolerance
  • Overcrowded Conditions


The L.A. Unified Magnet program is one of the most successful in the nation. Magnets offer theme-based instructional opportunities to students in grades K-12, living within the boundaries of L.A. Unified. Currently, there are 292 Magnet programs located throughout the District. All District students, including English learners, standard English learners, students with disabilities, and gifted/talented are encouraged to apply.

SCHOOLS: Some Magnet programs occupy entire school sites (Full School Magnets), while others are Magnet centers located on residential school campuses with access to activities and experiences shared with the host school. Please see pages 25-42 to review the Magnet school/ center information in this brochure and to determine the program(s) that fit your child’s needs. For more information regarding an individual Magnet program call the Magnet Coordinator using the telephone number listed under that school’s name.

ELIGIBILITY: All students living within L.A. Unified boundaries are eligible to apply. Gifted and Highly Gifted Magnets (pages 40-42) require specific eligibility criteria (pages 10-12) for selection. All applicants for Gifted and Highly Gifted Magnets must be verified or identified and submit a magnet application.

OPENINGS: The approximate number of seats available in 2019-2020 and the number of applications submitted in 2018-2019 to each Magnet school/center can be found under each school’s name.