Gifted/High Ability and Highly Gifted Magnet Criteria

ALL LAUSD APPLICANTS PLEASE SEE SECTIONS A AND B
ALL NON-LAUSD APPLICANTS PLEASE SEE SECTIONS A AND C

SECTION A: REQUIRED CRITERIA FOR THE GIFTED/HIGH ABILITY MAGNET PROGRAMS

WHEN APPLYING TO A GIFTED/HIGHLY GIFTED/HIGH ABILITY OR HIGHLY GIFTED MAGNET CENTER, APPLICANTS MUST:

  1. Be identified as Gifted in the Intellectual, High Achievement or Specific Academic Ability Categories or be verified as eligible to apply by the school of attendance.

  2. Reside within the LAUSD boundaries at the time of application and while participating in the Magnet program.

  3. Be re-verified if student is a matriculating 5th, 6th and 8th grade applicant who has completed elementary or middle school. The current school of attendance will be required to re-verify the student to determine eligibility to continue in a gifted/high ability magnet program.

  4. Adhere to the recommendation submitted and signed by the principal of the current school of attendance

Verification Process

ALL LAUSD AND NON-LAUSD APPLICANTS SELECTING THESE PROGRAMS MUST BE VERIFIED AS MEETING one of the following criteria prior to Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

 

These programs offer enriched interdisciplinary academic environments that are exciting, challenging and encourage students to use creative/critical thinking skills. Gifted/Highly Gifted/High Ability Magnets serve students who demonstrate ability to work two years above grade level in academic subjects, and meet one of the criteria listed below.

 

  1. Be identified as gifted by an LAUSD GATE psychologist in the Intellectual, High Achievement or Specific Academic Ability Category.
    • Upon receipt of the application, the District will automatically check the applicant’s eligibility through LAUSD records.
    • Please see eligibility requirements under Highly Gifted Magnet section on page 28 or below. OR

 

  1. Demonstrate the ability to meet ALL FOUR of these critical thinking and problem solving skills in their primary language:
    • Explain meanings or relationships among facts, information or concepts that demonstrate depth and complexity.
    • Formulate new ideas or solutions and elaborate on the information.
    • Use alternative methods in approaching new or unfamiliar mathematical problems.
    • Use extensive vocabulary easily and accurately to express creative ideas.

Your child’s teacher and the principal of the school your child is currently attending will determine if your child meets all four characteristics. OR

 

  1. Has scored in the Exceeds Standards range on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) or have a national percentile score of 85 or above on a District-approved standardized norm referenced test in both total reading and total math.

 

REQUIRED CRITERIA FOR A HIGHLY GIFTED MAGNET PROGRAM

 

To qualify for a Highly Gifted Magnet program, students who are residents of LAUSD must meet the criterion of 99.9% on an intellectual assessment administered by an LAUSD GATE psychologist. Students who receive a 99.5%–99.8% are considered highly gifted applicable and may apply to a Highly Gifted Magnet (see page 28). Students identified as Highly Gifted are eligible to apply to a Gifted/High Ability Magnet Program. Students eligible for a Highly Gifted Magnet must be assessed and identified before Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. Upon receipt of the application, Student Integration Services will automatically check LAUSD records for eligibility. PARENTS/GUARDIANS MAY CONTACT THE GIFTED/TALENTED PROGRAMS OFFICE, (213) 241-8361 TO VERIFY IF THE STUDENT QUALIFIES TO APPLY TO A HIGHLY GIFTED MAGNET PROGRAM.

 

SECTION B: LAUSD APPLICANTS (CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN AN LAUSD SCHOOL)

Verification forms are not required for the students currently enrolled in an LAUSD school. Upon receipt of the Magnet application, the District will automatically verify eligibility through District school records. Applicants must meet the required criteria listed above in Section A

 

To view a list of Gifted/High Ability Magnets, select the 2017-2018 Local District and click the button.

   Local Districts   

 

SECTION C: NON-LAUSD, INDEPENDENT CHARTER AND PRIVATE SCHOOL APPLICANTS

 

IS THE PARENT/GUARDIAN'S RESPONSIBILITY TO OBTAIN THE VERIFICATION OF HIGH ABILITY FOR GIFTED/HIGH ABILITY MAGNET CENTERS FORM.

 

All Non-LAUSD, private school and independent charter school students applying to a Gifted/Highly Gifted/High Ability Magnet program please follow the procedure below by Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

 

Parent/Guardians of students who are attending non-LAUSD, independent charter and private schools, and were previously identified as gifted by LAUSD, may contact the GATE office at (213) 241-8361 to check LAUSD records for eligibility.

 

  1. Submit a Choices Application
    1. Apply on-line at eChoices.lausd.net OR
    2. Complete and submit a paper Choices Application.  Choices brochures/applications will be available at all LAUSD schools, Local District Offices, LAUSD Headquarters, Parent, Community and Student Services Branch (PCSS) and Los Angeles City Libraries. AND

 

  1. Submit a signed Verification of High Ability to Gifted/High Ability Magnet Centers form from the current school of attendance.
    1. If applying on-line, download and print the self-populated, Verification of High Ability for Gifted/High Ability Magnet Centers form. Click here to download the form .  Sign, date and mail it to the current school of attendance (include page 2). OR

    2. Contact Student Integration Services at (213) 241-6572 to have the Verification of High Ability for Gifted/High Ability Magnet Centers form forwarded to the child’s current school. Have school name, address and phone number ready. 

The Completed Verification Form can be mailed or hand delivered to: Student Integration Services, 333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

 

  1. Parents/Guardians:
    1. Must give the child’s current school permission to release the required information.
    2. Must ascertain that the principal of the child’s current school of attendance completes all the necessary items on the Verification of High Ability for Gifted/High Ability Magnet Centers form, signs and returns it in a sealed official school envelope with the Principal's signature  across the sealed side.
    3. Must confirm the receipt of the Verification of High Ability for Gifted/High Ability Magnet Centers form with the Magnet Office prior to the deadline date of Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. Your choice of a Gifted/Highly Gifted/High Ability or Highly Gifted Magnet program will be removed from the selection process if the eligibility criterion is not met. Late Verification forms will not be accepted.
    4. Do not include the Verification of High Ability for Gifted/High Ability Magnet Centers form with the application. The Student Integration Services Office will not notify parent of receipt of the verification form.

 

NOTE: The Los Angeles Unified School District provides programs for gifted/talented students in local resident schools as well as in Magnets. In addition, some of the schools, including Gifted/High Ability Magnets, also provide special programs for highly gifted students. Please call the school or Magnet center in which you are interested for further information on its gifted programs.

 

 

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