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CHOICES Notification Letters


DECEMBER

ALL Applicants

Confirmation/Correction Notification

What should I look for?
  • Errors (i.e. grade level, address, birthdate, name spelling, etc.)
  • Magnet Priority Points, if applicable (For information, please see page 19)
  • Verify sibling information is accurate
What do I need to do?
  • Make corrections online or mail corrections by the deadline indicated on the letter

FEBRUARY

Select Programs Only
Gifted MagnetGIFTED/HIGHLY
GIFTED MAGNET
SASSAS
ACSACS

Program Eligibility Notification

What should I look for?
  • Eligible - Application proceeds to the selection process
  • Ineligible - Program application is dropped for each ineligible choice
What do I need to do?
  • No action required
  • Eligible does not mean selected

MARCH

ALL Applicants

Selection/Waiting List Notification

What should I look for?
  • Status - Selected or Waiting List
What do I need to do?
  • Selected - Accept/decline online or contact the school by the deadline. No response is considered a decline. All declines are final
  • Waiting List - No action required. The school will notify you if a space becomes available. We encourage you to submit late applications to other programs. (For information, see page 6).

Paper applicants
will receive letters
via U.S. mail.
Online applicants will
receive letters via their
online parent account.
HOW DOES THE CHOICES PROCESS WORK?
  • You may apply to one or more of the Choices programs on a single application.
  • Before applying, please contact the school to obtain information regarding the school’s orientation meeting, tours, uniform requirements, bus route information (if applicable) 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 program.
  • Submit a new application if the child’s name remained on a waiting list last year, if you wish to change from one program 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 Choices program and wishes to continue in the same program.
  • Multiple-birth applicants (e.g. twins, triplets) must reside at the same address and apply to the same program (first choice only) in the same year in order to be placed consecutively in the Choices selection process. *Not applicable to Affiliated Charter School applicants.
  • Siblings of students who have left the school, have culminated, or will culminate this school year, do not have sibling priority. Siblings must reside at the same address at the time of application. It is the parent/guardian’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.
  • To receive sibling priority, parent/guardian must indicate each sibling on the Choices application and list all siblings in their Apply account. Sibling priority will be given to applicants whose siblings are currently enrolled at the same school/program to which they are applying.
  • Parents will receive a notification of selection in mid-March. If selected, parent/guardian must accept or decline by the deadline on the Selection/Waiting List Letter. If the parent/guardian’s response is not received by the deadline, it is considered a decline. All declines are final.
  • Parent/guardian can accept or decline online by logging into their apply.lausd.net account or by contacting the school before the deadline in their selection letter.
  • You may only accept one Choices placement. Applicants currently enrolled in a Choices program who apply, are selected, and accept another Choices program will automatically be dropped from their current program.
  • If the student does not get selected, he or she will be placed on a waiting list for his or her first choice ONLY within each applicable program. Your child’s name will remain on a waiting list regardless of whether you accept or decline another program. Affiliated Charter School applicants who are not selected will be placed on the waiting list for each Affiliated Charter School to which they applied.
  • Students on a waiting list will be contacted directly by a representative from the school(s) if a seat becomes available.
  • If a student declines a Magnet placement, they will forfeit their Magnet priority points.
  • If you submit an application and would like to remove your application from the selection process, you must send an email to ApplyforSchools@lausd.net or mail your request by December 18, 2020, to: Unified Enrollment, 333 S. Beaudry Ave., 25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
  • Online Choices applications can be updated until November 20, 2020.
  • If multiple on-time Choices applications are submitted for the same student, the first application will be considered valid and all others will be disregarded.

Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and First Grade Applicants

Pursuant to California Education Code Sections 46300, 48000, 48010 and Senate Bill 1381, a child is eligible for transitional kindergarten (TK) if a child will turn age 5 between September 2nd through December 2nd. Students entering kindergarten are required to be age 5 by September 1st, and students entering first grade are required to be age 6 by September 1st.

Students can only apply for a Choices program for which they meet the age requirements. Students must meet the age eligibility requirement regardless of current school year grade placement. All subsequent grade placement decisions are made by the school principal at the school of enrollment. Not all Choices programs or schools offer TK. Choices programs offering TK classes are listed in the Choices brochure.

Prior to admission of a child into transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, or first grade, the parent/guardian shall present proof that the child is of the minimum age for enrollment as required by law. 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.