What is CORE, and how does LAUSD relate to CORE?
CORE stands for “California Office to Reform Education”. It is a consortium of 10 districts who have been working together to support school reform. Eight of the CORE Districts collaborated to create an NCLB CORE Waiver Application to the US Department of Education. The eight districts include: Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and Santa Ana.
Where can I find out more about CORE?
What is the CORE Waiver Priority School Matriculate Choice Program (PSMCP)?
The CORE Waiver PSMCP is a District initiated public school choice program for eligible Kindergarten, 6th, 7th and 9th grade students who will be matriculating to a CORE Waiver Priority School. CORE Waiver PSMCP gives parents the option to enroll their child in an alternate school of choice. School assignments for this program will be made by the District.
What does it mean that my child’s school is a CORE Waiver Priority School?
This means that your child’s school either received a School Improvement Grant (SIG) or performed in the lowest 10% of CORE district schools. Due to this challenge, the federal waiver gives the teachers and staff at your child’s school the opportunity to partner with staff from a school that has performed at higher levels. This partnership will help your child’s school identify solutions and strategies to ensure that all students will achieve at high-levels. Your child’s school will directly benefit from additional supports such as professional development, tutoring and summer school for eligible students.
How do I know if my child is eligible to participate in the CORE Waiver PSMCP?
Eligible students are Kindergarten, 6th
grade students who will be matriculating to a CORE Waiver Priority School. Please click
to see a list Priority Schools to determine if your child may be eligible.
Who will provide transportation to the Non-Priority school?
The District will provide paid transportation for Elementary (K-5) applicants if they reside outside a two-mile radius and for Secondary (6-12) applicants if they reside outside a five-mile radius of the CORE Waiver PSMCP receiver school.
When will I be notified about transportation?
You will be notified about transportation one week before transportation begins.
My child has an IEP, is he/she still eligible to apply to the CORE Waiver PSMCP?
All District students, including English Learners, Special Education and Gifted/Talented are eligible and encouraged to apply.
How do I apply for the CORE Waiver PSMCP?
Parents of eligible Kindergarten, 6th, 7th, and 9th grade students who will be matriculating to a CORE Waiver Priority School may apply through the Choices application from Oct 1st – November 14th, 2014. The Choices Brochure is available at all LAUSD schools, ESC’s, Los Angeles City Libraries and online at eChoices.lausd.net. The Choices Brochure is no longer mailed to individual homes.
Do I have to reapply every year if my child is in CORE Waiver PSMCP?
No, your child can continue to attend the Non-Priority school until he or she completes the highest grade at that school.
What if I choose not to apply for the CORE Waiver PSMCP?
You do not have to transfer your child. You may decide that keeping him/her at their home school or selecting another school option is the best choice.
What kind of instructional program will my child be enrolled in at the Non-Priority school?
Your child may participate in all instructional programs and activities that are available at the Non-Priority school.
May I participate in the school/community activities at the Non-Priority school?
Yes. Parents are encouraged to participate in advisory councils, school site councils, PTA and other functions at the Non-Priority school.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
For questions regarding the CORE Waiver Priority School Matriculate Choice Program, please contact Student Integration Services at (213)241-4177 or visit eChoices.lausd.net