How to Apply
Highly Gifted & Eligibility
Children are eligible for HG Magnet schools if they test in the 99.5th percentile or above on an "intellectual assessment" (IQ test) conducted by an LAUSD psychologist. (This is different from the OLSAT high ability test given to every 2nd grader). Priority is given to students with 99.9%, officially “Highly Gifted” by LAUSD definition. If there are openings remaining in the program, “Gifted” students with 99.5%-99.8% (“Highly Gifted Applicable”) can be admitted with priority based on Magnet points.
Intellectual Testing & Results
LAUSD students may request an intellectual assessment through the GATE Coordinator at your school, usually based on teacher recommendation. LAUSD does not accept tests conducted by private psychologists. Due to staffing shortage, it sometimes takes many months for tests to be scored and results to be sent. You may request results sooner by contacting the LAUSD’s Gifted/Talented Education office (GATE) directly at (213) 241-6500. If “HG” appears on a report card, that means the student tested in the 99.9th percentile. If you know your student has been tested but you do not know their score, here is how to request the score.
My child is eligible. How do I enroll in North Hollywood Highly Gifted Magnet?
In order to attend any magnet school, students must apply through the eChoices Application for Magnet programs. The application period in recent years has been early October to early November (see eChoices for specific dates). Applicants will be notified by email/mail (generally in April/May) as to the status of the application. Many applicants may be waitlisted at first, but almost every year, everyone is called eventually.
Should you miss the 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 runs 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.
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 (different from OLSAT test) 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 the resources to administer tests to non-LAUSD students or accept the results of private testing.
LAUSD-affiliated charter school students can get an LAUSD intellectual assessment test if the school recommends testing (student shows signs of possible intellectual 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. 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.