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STEAM Magnet

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Science/Technology/Engineering/Arts/Math (STEAM)

Science, Technology, Arts and Math Magnets are interdisciplinary, standards based, inquiry-based, and real world problem-based programs that teach students about STEAM-related subjects. These programs are geared to the student’s interest in science, computer technology, arts and mathematics.

 

Apply to the Gulf Avenue Elementary School S.T.E.A.M. Magnet Center

 

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Magnet Selection Priority Point System

The Magnet priority point system is based upon the Court-Ordered reduction of the Harms of Racial Isolation (see General Program Information). Once information on the application is verified, the District’s Information Technology Division (ITD), through a fair and secure computer process, automatically assigns priority points to each applicant. Points will be assigned based on the information in the District’s computer system on the date of application processing. It is the Parents'/Guardians' responsibility to verify the student’s address at the current LAUSD school of attendance prior to deadline. 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.

Students are randomly accepted into Magnet programs based on the number of points they have. The number of students selected is based on the number of available spaces at a particular school. Any student who sent in an on-time application, but was not selected, is placed on a waiting list at the school.

Points Rationale
12 MATRICULATION
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 (LAUSD/USC Media Arts/Engineering, Eagle Rock HS G/HG/HA, Los Angeles CES, Sherman Oaks CES, South Region #8, Sun Valley Biomedical Sciences/Engineering/Leadership, and Valley Alternative) 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.
4-12 WAITING LIST
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.

 
4 PREDOMINANTLY HISPANIC, BLACK, ASIAN AND OTHER NON-ANGLO (PHBAO) SCHOOLS
Applicants, whose 2017-2018 resident LAUSD school is designated as PHBAO by the District, receive 4 points. Points are not cumulative; they are assigned yearly.

 
4 OVERCROWDED
Applicants whose 2017-2018 resident LAUSD 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.  
3 SIBLING
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. 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 LAUSD school of attendance by the application deadline.

 

 Frequently Asked Questions | Magnet Questions
What is the Magnet program?
Magnet Programs are Court-Ordered voluntary integration opportunities available to students in grades K-12 living within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Currently there are 225 Magnet programs located throughout LAUSD.

Who can apply to Magnet programs?
All students living within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Unified School District are eligible to apply, including English Learners, Special Education, and Gifted/Talented students.

What is the difference between Magnet and Gifted?
The Magnet Program is a Court-Ordered voluntary integration program open to all LAUSD students. Forty-seven (47) of the 225 Magnet programs available are Gifted/High-Ability or Highly Gifted programs. In order to apply to one of these 47 programs, students must first meet the eligibility criteria.

How do I apply for a Magnet school?
You may complete the application on-line at eChoices.lausd.net or the Choices Brochure contains the application for the Magnet schools and is available the beginning of October.

Can I apply to more than one Magnet?
Students may apply for up to three Magnet programs. If the applicant is selected to their first choice, choice two and three are not considered. If the applicant is selected into any program of their choice, the student will not be placed on any waiting list. If there is no space available in any of their choices, the student will be placed on the waiting list for their first choice only.

May I Fax my application?
No. All applications are to be sent via U. S. mail or submitted online. Applications may also be hand-delivered to Student Integration Services at 333 South Beaudry Avenue, 25th Floor, Los Angeles, 90017. Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for lost applications.

What happens if I miss the application deadline?
Parents may submit Late Applications beginning February 1, 2017. If space becomes available the school’s Magnet coordinator will contact you. The Late Application does not guarantee placement at the school site.

How are students accepted into Magnet programs?
Students are selected based on the magnet program goal and are randomly accepted into Magnet programs based on the number of priority points they accrue. The number of students selected is based on the number of available spaces at a particular school. Any student who sent in an on-time application, but was not selected, is placed on a waiting list at the school.

Are students selected on a first-come first-served basis?
No. The selection process is random and occurs after the on-time application deadline.

Is there guaranteed selection if I apply?
No. Applicants are not guaranteed selection.

How do I know if my child was selected or not?
In early December, you will receive a letter confirming receipt of your child’s application. In March, you will be notified by mail as to whether your child was selected or placed on the waiting list.

What is my child's status on the waiting list?
Your child’s status will depend on the number of openings at the school of application as well as the number of applicants. You may call the school to inquire about potential selection.

When will my child get called from the waiting list?
Calls to students on the waiting list may begin as early as April and continue through the fourth week of the fall semester. Students may also be called during the first two weeks of the spring semester.

Do I have to reapply every year?
Students who are currently enrolled in a Magnet school do not have to reapply unless they want to change schools (this includes promotion to the next school level, such as elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school). If a student remains on a waiting list then the student should reapply.
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