Eligibility & Admissions

How to Apply

Eligible categories: “Highly Gifted” (HG) or “Highly Gifted Applicable” (HGA)

Students are eligible for HG Magnet schools if they (a) took an "intellectual assessment" (popularly called IQ test) conducted by an LAUSD psychologist (not teacher), and (b) scored in the 99.5th percentile or above. This test is different from the OLSAT High Ability test given to every 2nd grader by their teacher.

Priority admission to HGM is given to students whose intellectual scores are in the 99.9th percentile, “Highly Gifted.” If there are openings in their grade level, some “Gifted” students with 99.5%-99.8% (“Highly Gifted Applicable”) can be admitted, with priority based on Magnet points.

My child is eligible. How do I enroll in HGM?

In order to attend any Magnet school, students apply through the eChoices Application.  Applicants will be notified in April as to the initial status of their application. Many HGA applicants are waitlisted, but almost every year, everyone is eventually offered a spot.

Should you miss the eChoices application deadline, walk-in applications may be accepted in the HG Magnet office. Eligible students are then admitted based on available openings and a first come, first served basis.  

Tours & Prospective Open House

During Magnet applications season in fall, North Hollywood HGM offers daytime classroom tours and an evening Open House for prospective parents and students to visit our school. See tour dates and how to reserve.  Once the school year has started, IF there are still seats available in your grade and you are eligible, you may contact the HGM office to request a tour.

How do I know whether my student is eligible?

If your student was identified HG or HGA, your school would give the results letter to your student to give to you. However, some people never receive the letter. Ask the Counselor or Gifted Coordinator at your student’s current school to look at your student’s MISIS record to see whether they are “Highly Gifted” (HG) or “Highly Gifted Applicable” (HGA).

Who gets the Intellectual Test?

Even though every LAUSD student takes the OLSAT test (qualifies for Gifted programs), few students get the Intellectual test. These are given to students who 1) are recommended by their school for further testing, or 2) scored very highly on the OLSAT (currently top 1%).

LAUSD students or parents may request an intellectual assessment through the GATE Coordinator at your school. It would help to have supporting evidence that your student shows signs of high giftedness. If you’re in an LAUSD-affiliated charter school, see last section below.

LAUSD does not accept tests conducted by private psychologists for HGM eligibility.

Non-LAUSD Students & LAUSD Charter students

If you are not currently enrolled in an LAUSD school or if you are in an LAUSD-affiliated charter school, you are still eligible for HGM if:

1) at some point, you were given an intellectual assessment by an LAUSD psychologist and met the score requirements (see first section of this page),

2) AND you currently reside in LAUSD boundaries.

At this time, LAUSD does not have enough resources to administer tests to non-LAUSD students and cannot accept the results of private testing.

LAUSD-affiliated charter school students can get an LAUSD intellectual assessment test if the charter school recommends testing (student must show signs of potential high giftedness) and the school pays LAUSD for the cost of the test (about $70 in 2018). This is because funds that would have gone to LAUSD GATE for testing were given to the charter school instead. Talk to your school’s Gifted Coordinator about how to get your student tested. Some HGM parents had to advocate persistently for their LAUSD charter school to recommend and pay for testing, including contacting their School Board member. If you have questions about your rights, contact LAUSD GATE at 213-241-6500.

If you would like to advocate for these policies to change (back), contact the LAUSD Board of Education member for your area.”