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karlakahler May 23, 2012

I *think* I understand the points system for magnet schools, but I'm wondering how many points people typcially need to get into kindergarden at Community Magnet School.

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MagnetMom May 23, 2012

Hi karlakahler,

You can contact the magnet coordinator and ask. Make sure you use words like "typically" and "I know this isn't locked in stone"

Some coordinators are up front, and others will require the use of multiple qualifiers before they'll say.

Keep in mind, Kinder doesn't have wait points, so assuming a sibling (3 points) and a PHBAO school (4 points) 7 would be the high number. Since there are VERY few overcrowded (by LAUSD's definition) schools left.

Good luck, and let us know what you find out.


karlakahler May 24, 2012

Sounds good. Thanks again for all your help!


mdorn05 May 26, 2012

I emailed Community Magnet Charter School a couple of years before and the magnet coordinator said it usually 4-8 points minimum based on sliding scales and grade level. I think it will be hard for kid to get in at kinder unless they have sibling etc. My daughter is also on waitlist at this school.


karlakahler May 27, 2012

How far down on the wait list was she and how many points did she have? I'll have 4 points for kinder but only want to apply if he has some chance of getting in.


MagnetMom May 27, 2012

It will also depend on your son's ethnicity. There are usually different numbers needed for white and minority.


karlakahler May 29, 2012

That's right. We're white. I'm thyinking this lowers are chances...


MagnetMom May 29, 2012

It depends on the school population. In many cases, being white helps. The district is something like 87% Hispanic. And the magnet ratios are either 40-60 white to minority or 30-70 white to minority. In some cases the admission point count is lower for white applicants.


mdorn05 May 29, 2012

My child got 4 wait list points right now and she is currently in grade 1. She is a biracial (Asian-White), but we applied as a minority. (not white)

We didn't apply at magnet for kinder though. She could not get in for 2011-12 (grade 1) and 2012-13 (grade 2), but her current elementary school is good too, so it is okay to be on wait list.


karlakahler September 25, 2012

I spoek to someone who said it took kids 8-10 points (she must have meant 11) to get in. I think now there are only 0-7 points available so maybe you can get in with just 4???


MagnetMom September 26, 2012

If Community Magnet has kindergarten, it will be a smaller amount to get in for kinder and first grade, because kindergarteners can only accrue so many points.

There are still apparently a few schools considered overcrowded because they're still on a specific year round calendar. That's 4.

They could be slated to come from a predominantly Hispanic, Black, Asian or Other school (PHBAO) and that would be 4 points.

And some children will have an older sibling already attending. That will be another 3.

So 11 is the most a kinder could have. Reality is that so few schools have the overcrowded problem, that virtually no one gets those points, so 7 would be the highest. And if there are no siblings, the next highest point count would be 4. And the reality is that many schools in the area of Community Magnet aren't PHBAO. So it's conceivable that they get down to zero from the wait list.

Definitely go ahead and apply if your son is going into kinder--and have a back up plan.

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