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What does the application say? I know my son's magnet was less than 15 minutes by car, and they wanted him out there at 6 am for an 8 am start. And there are fewer busses and longer drives now. Returning home is was over an hour after school got out. If you're looking at a school close to you, it will be similar, and no bus ride is longer than 90 minutes--but they can pick your child up earlier and drop them off earlier.
You could contact the school, tell them where you live, and ask to leave your info and see if they will have a parent from that area contact you.
Is there a way to find out about bus pick up/drop off hour at the assigned bus stop?
I called LAUSD transportation branch and told them the school name that we are interested to apply and the address of our closest bus stop, but they told me that they need the route number which we don't have. 81326
Is there a nearby gifted magnet for middle school? Perhaps they allot some space for the kids coming from this magnet since they would have many of them coming in sixth (that doesn't mean SAVE...I wonder if they add an additional class).
For instance, SOCES is a 4-12 magnet. The first opportunity is obviously fourth grade, but they add an additional class at the sixth grade level since most magnet matriculators would be interested in coming in then.
If this elementary magnet is far from where you'd want her to go to middle, then that's going to be a bit iffier. You would have 12 points, plus possible PHBAO, but if no one moves or changes schools there won't be much room. That being said, it is common for some people to try a magnet out and leave the next year since it wasn't their cup of tea.
It's really based on how much you're willing to gamble. I personally wouldn't do it. I wouldn't be able to enjoy sixth grade, and I'd worry about the middle school transition a year later than the other kids.
Typically span schools require you attend until the end of the last year. Talk to the school because the sixth grade *might* be optional. But listen to what the coordinator says. I'm not aware of many 2-6 and worse, there are no 7-12, so getting in even with the full amount of points would be challenging.81143
Points are the hardest thing to understand about the whole magnet system.
You'd conceivably be able to accumulate:
Four for over crowding.
Four for your neighborhood school being PHBAO.
Three for a sibling already there.
And twelve matriculation points and/or wait list points.
Reality says however, that there are only perhaps three schools in the district that are overcrowded out of the hundreds of schools in the district. The building program has essentially lowered the points required to get in.
The four PHBAO points would be based on the school where you live--not where you might have gone.
If you had a child already there, you'd know how this works.
If you're coming from another magnet or you've been wait listed three years you'd have up to 12 points.
Depending on the magnet you're interested in, you could apply and get in or be wait listed. Some magnets get through 8 points, others require more. If you contact the magnet coordinator at that school, they can often tell you what typically gets in.
PI is program improvement. It means one or more of the subgroups failed to make adequate progress. Sometimes it's a subgroup--perhaps ELL or Special Education, it's not always whole school. It's a negative for the school itself. But it means families have the option of being sent to another school in the area. The list of PI receiving schools is here: http://echoices.lausd.net/PSC/PSCReceivingSchools.pdf
Option A gives you the opportunity of applying to 1-3 magnet choices. Option B means you will apply to magnet and to a non-PI school, and you will get one choice or the other. It's not clear yet which one takes preference.
Check with the gifted coordinator at the school or at the district office. I honestly don't know.81019
What is the benefit of being PI school? What is the difference of Option A Magnet only and Option B Magnet program + NCLB-PCBS.
If the child apply at gifted magnet by meeting critical thinking criteria (teacher's recommendation), is it mean they have to get another teacher to agree in next school year to be able to stay in GATE program?80998
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