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The Palms Magnet program offers you Middle Years, a popular newsletter with tips for parents about all aspects of the Middle School child. Read the latest issue or download our large collection of back issues.

Did you See the Palms Magnet on TV?

Choices and Opciones, a TV program about the LAUSD Magnet Program, featured Palms Middle School in October and November 2012.

The show, in English and in Spanish, was repeated on 6 dates and shown on the KLCS TV station.

Cable customers can find the channel number for KLCS in this table.

Magnet School

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 14 Gifted/High Ability Magnet middle schools in LAUSD.

The Palms Magnet has been repeatedly designated as a Model of Excellence by LAUSD. This is the top category.

Students rated "proficient" or "advanced" 2009 English 2009 Math 2010 English 2010 Math
Palms Middle School Magnet




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 must 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 must 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.

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. The LAUSD Permits With Transportation (PWT) program provides Magnet students with the necessary transportation.

Magnet enrollment is controlled by the LAUSD Office of Student Integration Services. Further information can be found at the LAUSD Magnet Program website.

Consider attending the annual Choices Fair, where LAUSD invites parents to learn about magnet schools and the magnet program.

Magnet Fairs

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:  Wednesday October 8, 2014, 6:00 to 8:00pm, Hamilton High School
  • High School Magnet Fair: Wednesday October 15, 2014, 6:00 to 8:00pm, Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES)
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The CHOICES application is used to apply to the Magnet Program. Applications are available at LAUSD schools and Los Angeles Public Libraries.

Dates for the 2015-2016 Choices application:

  • Applications available: September 2014
  • Applications first accepted: October 1, 2014
  • Application deadline: November 15, 2013

Applications must be submitted to the Office of Student Integration Services by the deadline.

Late applicants will be placed on a waiting list, which applies to that particular school year. You must reapply for the following year.

You are welcome to download and review past CHOICES applications:

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