magnet icon Magnet Programs


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.


The student selection process for magnet programs is based on the Magnet Priority Point System.* Students are assigned points based on 5 criteria (see Magnet Priority Point System). The sum of these points is utilized in the selection process.

Once the application is submitted, the information is verified by the District’s Information Technology Division (ITD). Students are assigned points and selected through a fair and secure computer process, based on this verified information.

It is the Parents’/Guardians’ responsibility to verify the student’s address, grade and ethnicity with the current LAUSD school of attendance prior to the application deadline.

Magnet priority points are only applicable to the Magnet program. There are no points given for submitting an application to a program for which the applicant is ineligible or for which the application is late. Students who apply for the same grade twice will not earn waiting list points for the previous year.

  • You may apply to three different magnet programs. However, you may only apply to a single program, the second and third choices are optional.
  • The Magnet Priority Points are used for the applicant's first and optional second or third choice.
  • If student is not selected to their first choice, applicants will be considered for their second and/or third choice.
  • If the applicant is selected to any one of their choices, the student will not be on the waiting list for the other choice(s).
  • If the applicant is not selected into a magnet program, the applicant will be placed on the waiting list for their first choice only.
  • Applicants currently attending a magnet program and selected into another magnet program will automatically be dropped from their current magnet program.

*The Magnet Priority Point System is based on the Court-Ordered reduction of the Harms of Racial Isolation.



Applicants who have completed the highest grade level in a Magnet program and apply to continue in another Magnet program at the next level, receive 12 matriculation points. THESE POINTS DO NOT CARRY OVER AND ARE ASSIGNED FOR ONE YEAR ONLY, AT THE TIME OF MATRICULATION. Students currently enrolled in multi-level Magnet schools (Eagle Rock HS Gifted, Franklin DLA, LAUSD/USC Media Arts/Engineering, Los Angeles CES, Maywood CES, Science Academy, Sherman Oaks CES, Sun Valley Biomedical Sciences/Engineering/Leadership, and Lake Balboa) do not receive matriculation points. Arroyo Seco Museum Science and Westside Global Awareness Ecosystems/Environmental Science Magnets are K-8 and receive matriculation points only at the eighth grade. Applicants will NOT be assigned both Matriculation and Waiting List Points at the same time.


Applicants who remained on a valid on-time Magnet waiting list receive 4 points for the following year. Applicants may accumulate waiting list points for the prior three consecutive years for a maximum of 12 points. If an applicant on a waiting list declines Magnet placement, ALL waiting list points are removed. New waiting lists are established each year. Applicants will NOT be assigned both Matriculation and Waiting List Points at the same time.


Applicants, whose 2019-2020 resident L.A. Unified school is designated as PHBAO by the District, receive 4 points. Points are not cumulative; they are assigned yearly.


Applicants, whose 2019-2020 resident L.A. Unified school is designated as overcrowded by District criteria and are currently sending Capacity Adjustment Program (CAP) students, receive 4 points. Points are not cumulative; they are assigned yearly.


If an applicant is applying to the same Magnet school/program in which a brother or sister will be continuing, he/she receives 3 points. Points are assigned if the sibling is attending the applicant's 1st choice school. Siblings must reside at the same address at the time of application, which must be reflected in the District’s computer system. Each and every student must have an application on file, including twins, triplets, etc. It is the parent’s responsibility to verify that the siblings have the same address on file in the District's computer system at the current L.A. Unified school of attendance by the application deadline.


  • Each Magnet Program's openings are determined by the need to maintain a racially balanced enrollment and by available space.
  • Students on a waiting list may be contacted regarding an open seat up through the first month of school. If an applicant declines Magnet placement, ALL waiting list points are removed.
  • Should an applicant leave the Magnet program before completing the culminating grade, no matriculation points will be assigned.
  • Before making your school selection, please call the school’s Magnet Coordinator to obtain information regarding the school’s orientation meeting, tours, uniform requirements, bus route information and other pertinent information.
  • By completing the Choices application, the parent or guardian agrees to abide by the uniform policy or dress code set by the Magnet program selected.
  • Pages 14-42 contain basic information about Magnet programs to assist you in making a selection for your child. Although you have the option to select up to three different Magnet programs, it is not mandatory for you to do so. Please see Program Options section on Page 7 for information on how the selection process handles the second or third choice(s) before you list an optional school on your application.
  • Applicants who still wish to apply to a Magnet school or center after the November 16, 2018, deadline may submit a late application. The late application will only allow for a single 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. Each Magnet’s openings are determined by the need to maintain a racially balanced enrollment and by available space. Filling out a late application does not guarantee student placement and Magnet priority points are not assigned.
  • Submit a new application if the child’s name remained on a waiting list last year if you wish to change from one Magnet to another, or if your child will be culminating, (e.g., from elementary or middle school).
  • Do not submit a new application, if your child is currently enrolled in a Magnet program and wishes to continue at the same school. Applicants currently enrolled in a Magnet program who apply and are selected for another Magnet program will automatically be dropped from their current Magnet, whether they accept or decline.
  • If selected, parent/guardian may accept or decline online or by calling the school by the deadline on the selection letter. If the parent/ guardian does not respond by the deadline, it will be considered a decline.
  • If you submit an application and would like to remove your application from the selection process, you must send a written request by December 14, 2018 to: Student Integration Services, 333 S. Beaudry Ave., 25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
  • Applicants MUST be residents of the L.A. Unified at the time of application and while participating in the Magnet programs. Post office boxes are not accepted.
  • Multiple-birth applicants (e.g. twins, triplets) will be placed consecutively in the Magnet selection process.
  • Continuous enrollment Magnet schools accept applications throughout the school year. A continuous enrollment Magnet school gives priority to students residing within its attendance boundary. All other eligible L.A. Unified applicants will be selected provided space is available. The participating schools are: Bradley ES, Brentwood ES, Burbank MS (Arts/Technology/Community), Carthay ES, Chatsworth Park ES, Clifford ES, Crenshaw HS, Crescent Heights ES, Elysian Heights ES, Griffith MS, Haskell ES, Irving MS, King MS (Film/Media), Lee ES, Los Feliz ES, Loyola Village ES, Mayall ES, Rockdale ES, Rosewood ES, San Pascual ES, Sun Valley MS (Engineering/Arts/Technology), Sun Valley MS (Environmental Studies), Westchester HS, Westminster ES, Wilmington MS and Wright MS (Engineering/Design).
  • Full School Elementary Magnets with Residential Kindergarten give priority to students residing in the attendance boundary. Students currently enrolled in Kindergarten have priority admission to 1st grade. The residential school must be the applicants first choice. The participating schools are: Brentwood ES, Garvanza ES, Lomita ES, Paseo del Rey ES, South Shores ES, Stonehurst ES, Vintage ES, Western Ave., and Windsor Hills ES.


Pursuant to California Education Code Sections 46300, 48000, 48010 and Senate Bill 1381, students entering Kindergarten should be age 5 by September 1st, and students entering first grade should be age 6 by September 1st. Students that do not meet the age requirements are not eligible to apply for or enroll in a Magnet program.

Students must meet the age eligibility requirement regardless of current school year grade placement. All grade placement decisions are made by the school principal at the school of enrollment.

Prior to admission of a child into kindergarten or first grade, the parent/guardian shall present proof that the child is of the minimum age for enrollment as required by law for enrollment. Falsification of information will result in the applicant’s removal from the program. It is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to complete the application correctly. Magnet applications cannot be edited after November 9, 2018.

If your child meets the age requirements for Kindergarten, the following schools offer a Kindergarten Magnet program:

  • 32nd St ES
  • Academy for Enriched Sciences ES
  • Amestoy ES
  • Arroyo Seco
  • Buchanan St ES
  • Chatsworth Park ES
  • Community Charter ES
  • Glassell Park ES
  • Knox ES
  • Lake Balboa
  • Lee ES
  • Mayall ES
  • Melrose Av ES
  • Melvin Av ES
  • Montara ES
  • Mosk ES
  • Open Charter ES
  • Plasencia ES
  • Point Fermin ES
  • Rosewood ES
  • Saturn St ES
  • Taper Av ES
  • Westside Global Awareness


BEFORE MAKING YOUR SELECTION, contact the school to determine if the Magnet program offers transportation and if the closest pickup/ drop-off point is a reasonable distance from your home. District-paid transportation MAY be provided for ELEMENTARY (K-5/6) applicants if they reside outside a two-mile radius of the Magnet Program. District-paid transportation MAY be provided for SECONDARY (6-12) applicants if they reside outside a five-mile radius of the Magnet Program. This rule does not apply to students attending the following span schools: Arroyo Seco Museum Science, Sherman Oaks CES, Lake Balboa and Westside Global Awareness Ecosystems/Environmental Science.

Students with disabilities enrolling in a Magnet Program may also have access to transportation. Magnet programs may offer school to school transportation for eligible students. For information about existing bus routes, contact the school’s Magnet Coordinator or Transportation Services Division at 1-800-LABUSES or (213) 580-2900.

NOTE: The maximum one-way riding time guideline for all students (grades Kindergarten through 12) is 90 minutes. This applies to all bus routes.


L.A. Unified, in cooperation with the Compton Unified School District (CUSD), offers a limited number of 9th grade openings at the King- Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science. These openings are ONLY available to residents of CUSD.

If you are interested in having your child participate in the program, please complete the Choices application with King-Drew Magnet as the only choice. Students applying to the program must submit a report card from their current CUSD School or private school from the first semester of 8th grade. Report cards may be submitted via mail to Los Angeles Unified School District, Student Integration Services, 333 S. Beaudry Ave., 25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017 or email to to the attention of Compton/King-Drew Application. It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to ensure that Student Integration Services receives both the application and report card. The information submitted will be verified with CUSD.

CUSD resident students who are selected for the King-Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science are not eligible for transportation.


The Late Application process for 2019-2020 begins February 1, 2019. It allows applicants to apply for Magnet programs that may have openings. Applicants will be called by the school site when an opening becomes available. This may occur through January 2020.

Late applicants are not assigned priority points and do not accrue any priority points. Late Application seats will open after all of the students on the Waiting List have been offered placement at the selected school site.

Each Magnet’s openings are determined by the need to maintain a racially balanced enrollment as mandated by the Court Order and by available space. Please be aware that filling out a Late Application does not guarantee student placement.

To apply online, click the 2019-2020 Late Application link below. When you apply online, you will receive a confirmation number and a receipt of application. Applicants will also be able to view their applications.

You may also print the Choices application from the  website or use the paper application found in the Choices brochure. You may mail the application to: LAUSD Administrative Building Student Integration Services, 25th Floor, 333 S. Beaudry Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017.


The mission of Student Integration Services is to provide through collaborative efforts educational and tactical services related to compliance and policy issues, to provide support to students, teachers, parents, administrators, superintendents and support personnel representing the Local Districts, and to ensure maximum success for the varied socio-economic and culturally diverse student population of the Los Angeles Unified School District.


Continuous enrollment magnet schools accept applications throughout the school year. A continuous enrollment magnet school gives priority to students residing within its attendance boundary. All other eligible LAUSD students will be selected provided space is available.

Please be aware that transportation routes and pick-up/drop-off locations have been established for the 2018-2019 school year. No new stops will be added. Before choosing a school, you may call the Transportation Services Division parent line at (213) 580-2950.

You may apply to the following Continuous Enrollment Magnet schools:

Continuous Enrollment Process 2018-2019


Student Integration Services is proud to announce 37 new Magnet schools/centers that will open for the 2019-2020 school year. Please be aware that transportation routes and pick-up/drop-off locations have been established and no new stops will be added. Before choosing a school, you may call the Transportation Services Division parent line at (213) 580-2950.

New Schools and Centers


Magnet Touring Information

School Tour Information


Follow these steps to acquire Transportation Information:
Use Near School to find nearby schools within a reasonable distance that you would like your child to get on the bus or Magnet School to find a list of schools with nearby bus stop going to the selected Magnet school.

Transportation Information


There are several themes at the various Magnets. Click on the theme name to see the list of participating schools.
Business Magnets offer a rigorous educational opportunity using differentiated instructional strategies, engaging project-based learning opportunities, and work-based learning experiences. Students will engage in business fundamentals and entrepreneurship, goal-setting, resource allocation, organization structure and management techniques, economics, and information technology.
Communication Arts (journalism, radio-television broadcasting, theatre, video/film production, computers, digital arts and advertising) prepares students to acquire and accurately use information and communication technologies equipping them to effectively communicate orally, in writing, and through multimedia formats. Magnets infuse technology throughout the curriculum to create exciting and rigorous programs.
Center for Enriched Studies Magnets engage in a rigorous instructional program that encourages cooperative learning, integrates project-based assignments, and emphasizes creative and critical thinking in all disciplines. Students will be provided with a strong foundation in academics which is necessary to succeed in postsecondary education and high-demand 21st century careers. Centers for Enriched Studies are multi-level secondary schools and offer numerous advanced placement and honors courses. The expectation is that schools will score above the state average on state assessments.
Gifted Magnets serve students who demonstrate ability or strong potential to work two years above grade level in academic subjects. These centers offer enriched interdisciplinary academic environments that are exciting, challenging, and encourage students to use creative/critical-thinking skills. High Ability and Highly Gifted applicants may apply to a Gifted Magnet.
Highly Gifted Magnet centers group students to allow for a demanding broad-based academic program. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and the development of higher level thinking skills, as well as positive social emotional growth. Priority will be given to highly gifted students (scoring 99.9%); however, students scoring at 99.5% and above on an LAUSD intellectual assessment may be accepted based on seat availability. (OLSAT-8 is not an intellectual ability assessment.)
The Liberal Arts Magnet theme provides programs that prepare students to be knowledgeable citizens of the 21st century and empower them to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. The programs are dedicated to the formation of knowledge in Humanities, Social Policy or World Languages areas or to utilize alternative pedagogies. Academic excellence and commitment to the values of diversity, community and collaboration provide the foundation in Liberal Arts Magnet schools.
Public Service Magnets are designed and tailored to prepare and young people who wish to pursue careers in criminology, fire, forensics, medicine, law and political science. There is strong focus on critical thinking, problem solving and communication, enabling students to see the connections between their classroom curriculum and the challenges of today’s world. These Magnets are ideal settings for future doctors, fire fighters, lawyers, police officers and other professions related to the Public Service field.
Science, Technology and Math Magnets are interdisciplinary, standards based, inquiry-based, and real world problem-based programs that teach students about STEM-related subjects. These programs are geared to the student’s interest in science, computer technology, and mathematics.
Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Magnets. Learning the skills and knowledge for creating, refining, and sharing works in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment industry promotes teamwork, communication, creative thinking, and decision-making abilities. These are all traits needed to function successfully in the competitive and media-rich 21st century. Whether the student has already achieved a level of accomplishment or demonstrated an interest or potential to grow in an art form, Visual and Performing Arts Magnets provide highly rewarding learning experiences.