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LAUSD Magnet Program


Magnet is a voluntary integration program that provides rigorous, high-quality, theme-based instruction to facilitate student learning and promote academic achievement.


What are Magnet Programs?


The L.A. Unified magnet schools/centers are a voluntary integration program that provide rigorous, high-quality, theme-based instruction designed to facilitate student learning and promote academic achievement. Established in 1977, the magnet programs within our District have been one of the most successful in the nation. Currently, there are 312 magnet programs located throughout the District. The approximate number of seats available in 2020-2021 and the number of applications submitted in 2019-2020 to each magnet school/center can be found under each school’s name.


Some magnet programs occupy entire school sites (Full School Magnets), while others are magnet centers located on residential school campuses with access to activities and experiences shared with the host school. Please see the Magnet school list to determine the program(s) that fit your child’s needs. Each of the magnet programs falls within one of eight instructional themes: Business, Communication Arts, Centers for Enriched Studies, Gifted and Highly Gifted, Liberal Arts, Public Service, Science/Technology/Engineering/Math or Visual and Performing Arts.


All District students, including English learners, standard English learners, students with disabilities, and gifted/talented are encouraged to apply.


What are the goals of the instructional program?


Magnet programs embrace the interests of all students by focusing on thematic instruction and personalized learning. Magnet programs provide pathways that prepare students to pursue innovative careers in our evolving global economy.


Magnet programs were established through an integration court-order to address the Five Harms of Racial Isolation: Low Academic Achievement, Low Self-Esteem, Lack of Access to Post-Secondary Opportunities, Interracial Hostility and Intolerance and Overcrowded Conditions. They are in alignment with L.A. Unified’s goals: 100 percent graduation, proficiency for all, 100 percent attendance, parent, community and student engagement, school safety, and building a solid foundation for early learners.


Who is eligible?


Students who are in grades K-12 and live within the L.A. Unified boundary are eligible to apply for magnet programs. The Magnet school list includes available grade levels for each program.


Only Gifted and Highly Gifted Magnets require specific eligibility criteria for selection. All applicants for Gifted and Highly Gifted Magnets must be identified or verified, and submit a magnet application.