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LAUSD expands magnet offerings as application period opens

LA School Report | October 11, 2016

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Cadets at Reseda High’s Police Academy Magnet. (Credit: LAUSD)

Cadets at Reseda High’s Police Academy Magnet. (Credit: LAUSD)

The application period began Tuesday for LA Unified’s popular magnet schools and centers, which next fall will add nearly a dozen new options for families seeking a specialized education.

Applications will be accepted online and by mail until 5 p.m. Nov. 10 for one of the 225 themed magnets, which will have an estimated 87,000 available seats for the 2017-18 school year.

Programs known as STEM or STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and math – are also becoming increasingly popular. Eight of the 11 new programs for next fall are designated as STEAM programs, while Angeles Mesa Elementary School created a variation of the STEAM theme dubbed DREAMS – design, research, engineering, arts, math and science.

Also opening next fall is the district’s third Center for Enriched Studies, a rigorous instructional program that emphasizes critical and creative thinking. Currently under construction in Maywood, the 1,400-student span school will open with grades 6-11 and will add a 12th grade the following year. The $78-million school will feature a state-of-the-art library, music and dance studios, an outdoor amphitheater and a wellness center.

• Read the full article and access the application at

• Magnet schools make up more than a third of the LA Unified schools eligible for new grants from Great Public Schools Now, a new KPCC analysis shows.

• Read more about magnet schools from LA School Report

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