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L.A. Unified opens applications for magnet schools, other programs for 2012-13

November 1, 2011 |  5:55 pm

Photo: Students at LAUSD's Bravo Medical Magnet High School stand in line for their lunches. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Unified School District began accepting applications for magnet schools and other programs for the 2012-13 school year Tuesday -- but forms will not be mailed home this year.

Instead, parents are being encouraged to apply online. The district created a new, web-based system at https://parentaccess.lausd.net/Dashboard.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fDefault.aspx that will provide access to a variety of online tools, such as enrollment and transfer forms, meal and medical programs, emergency card updates, magnet program applications and other services.

A limited number of English- and Spanish-language printed forms will be available the week of Nov. 1 at city libraries, schools and local district offices. Translations in other languages can be obtained from local schools or downloaded from the website.

Elimination of home mailings is expected to save the district about $250,000 this year.
Besides magnet schools, parents can apply to enroll children in the Public School Choice program, which allows children in low-performing schools to attend higher-achieving campuses and pays for their transportation, as well as Permits With Transportation, a voluntary integration program for ethnic minority and white students.

Parents of pre-kindergarten, charter and private school students residing within the district can also apply online for magnet schools and other programs.

Applications must be received by Dec. 16. The district is airing a 30-minute informational program on its television station, KLCS-TV, through Dec. 15.

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Photo: Students at LAUSD's Bravo Medical Magnet High School stand in line for their lunches. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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