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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.

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 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.

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:  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, Crenshaw High School

Past Ratings

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.

e-choices magnet program banner

The CHOICES application is used to apply to the Magnet Program. Applications are available at LAUSD schools and Los Angeles Public Libraries, or you can apply online at

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.

Parents are advised not to put any school on their Magnet application that they don't want their child to attend, because LAUSD may accept your child into any choice you list. If your only choice is Palms, list only Palms on your Magnet application.

Dates for 2016-2017 Magnet Applications

Thursday October 1, 2015, 8:00am

CHOICES applications available

CHOICES applications first accepted

Friday November 13, 2015

CHOICES application deadline

March 2016 (day to be announced)

Magnet placements announced

April 2016 (day to be announced)

Deadline to accept or decline Magnet placements

CHOICES Application Downloads


coming soon




Magnet Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

If you are interested in meeting with your child's teachers, call the Magnet Office or Counseling Office to set up a conference. Specific dates for conferences may be announced.

Conferences usually begin at one of these times: 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50

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