The Palms Middle School Magnet is an LAUSD Gifted/High Ability Magnet, serving students who demonstrate the ability to work two years above grade level in academic subjects. Palms is one of only 12 Gifted/High Ability Magnet middle schools in LAUSD for grades 6-8. See more about the LAUSD Magnet Program below.
Each year since 2011-2012, LAUSD has recognized the Palms Middle School Magnet as an Excelling Magnet or an Achieving Magnet (the top 2 categories) based on the School Performance Framework (SPF). This rating combines measures of English Language Arts test scores, math test scores, rates of student attendance and suspension, and academic growth over time (AGT).
The LAUSD Magnet Program
The LAUSD Magnet program is a voluntary integration program. From kindergarten through 12th grade, Magnet students pursue academic interests in special environments for learning. Each Magnet school offers a subject specialty or special teaching approaches. Magnet students are selected randomly by computer based on LAUSD and court-approved guidelines, ethnic balance, and available space in each program.
As of Fall 2014 there were 198 Magnet schools in LAUSD, 36 of them for Gifted/High Ability/Highly Gifted students across all grade levels.
The LAUSD Permits With Transportation (PWT) program provides Magnet students with the necessary transportation.
Consider attending the annual Choices Fair, where LAUSD invites parents to learn about magnet schools and the magnet program.
You can learn about the many Magnet Schools choices at the annual Magnet Fair.
Our area is served by the Educational Service Center West, which scheduled two Magnet Fairs:
- Middle School Magnet Fair: Thursday October 15, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00pm, Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES)
- High School Magnet Fair: Thursday October 8, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00pm, Hamilton High School
The Palms Magnet was repeatedly designated as a Model of Excellence by LAUSD. This was the top category.
|Students rated "proficient" or "advanced"||2009 English||2009 Math||2010 English||2010 Math|
|Palms Middle School Magnet||92%||80%||94%||86%|
|LAUSD Designation||Model of Excellence||Model of Excellence||Model of Excellence||Model of Excellence|
For a magnet school to be a Model of Excellence at least 75% of its students had to score at the proficient or advanced level in both English and Math on California Standards Tests. For a school to be a Center of Merit at least 50% of its students had to score at the proficient or advanced level. Palms not only met the Model of Excellence goal but exceeded it significantly in 2009, then scored even higher in 2010.