FAQ | Elementary Magnet Schools
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1. What are GUSD elementary magnet schools?
Magnet schools offer students unique, theme-based educational experiences in academically rich and culturally diverse environments. All magnet programs fulfill Glendale Unified School District's requirements for promotion and graduation. In addition, all three GUSD elementary magnet schools offer Foreign Language Academies of Glendale (FLAG) dual immersion language programs. Applicants may apply to those programs as well.
2. Who may apply to the GUSD elementary magnet schools?
Students eligible for enrollment in a GUSD elementary school may apply to a GUSD elementary magnet school. Students eligible for enrollment in a school outside of the GUSD boundaries may apply to a GUSD elementary magnet school, but will be required to obtain additional release and acceptance paperwork if selected for a magnet school.
3. Are there restrictions for applying?
Some grade level restrictions apply for specific programs. Residency proof requirements do not apply to homeless students who are eligible for enrollment as determined by the Homeless Education Liaison at (818) 241-3111 x1500. All eligible applicants receive equal consideration and are selected through a random student selection process according to elementary magnet selection priorities.
4. Do currently enrolled elementary magnet school students need to complete an application to continue in the magnet school?
Students currently attending a magnet school do not need to reapply for their space in the school.
5. Do siblings of currently enrolled students in an elementary magnet school get priority in the application process?
Applicants seeking placement at a school in which a currently enrolled sibling is attending and will continue to attend in the upcoming school year, will have priority over applicants without currently enrolled siblings. In-district resident siblings will have priority over out of district siblings. The sibling must live in the same household and have at least one parent/guardian in common.
6. Do applicants who reside within the boundaries of GUSD have priority over applicants who reside outside the GUSD boundaries?
Applicants residing within the GUSD boundaries have priority over applicants residing outside of GUSD's boundaries; however, GUSD residency does not guarantee new applicants admission to an elementary magnet school/program.
7. If I am currently on a waiting list for an elementary magnet school, do I need to re-apply for the upcoming school year?
All students seeking admission to an elementary magnet school for the upcoming school year must apply. The current wait lists expire after the new application window opens.
8. Is there a limit to the number of elementary magnet schools for which I can apply?
Applicants may indicate up to three (3) program choices. Applicants are not required to make more than one choice. To complete the on-line application, click on the apply tab.
9. Is an assessment required for admission to an elementary magnet school?
No assessment is required for application to an elementary magnet school. If you are applying to a Foreign Language Academy of Glendale (FLAG) dual immersion program at a magnet school, refer to the Elementary FLAG Programs Application Procedures tab - http://gusdmagnetandflag.com/applicationsprocedures_flag
10. How do I submit my application?
The magnet application will be available for online submission during the application window. Only eligible applications submitted by the deadline will be included in the random student selection. If you do not have internet access, you may complete the online application at any of the schools sites where you are applying or at the magnet office in the GUSD Student Support Services at 223 N. Jackson St., Room 203, Glendale, CA 91206. Staff members and translators will be available for assistance. Applications received by fax will not be accepted.
11. Are applications approved on a first come, first served basis?
All applications which are submitted and completed by the application deadline will be eligible for placement in the random student selection and are not prioritized by submission date. Applicant selection is determined through this random selection process according to elementary magnet selection priorities.
12. How will I know that my application was received?
You will receive a confirmation email verifying that your application has been submitted and you will be able to track the progress of your application status online. If you do not receive a receipt verification email five days before the random student selection, immediately call the Office of Student Support Services at (818) 241-3111 x1283.
13. What happens if my application is received after the deadline or is not received?
Applications will not be processed for the random student selection without proof of timely submission on or before the application deadline.
14. May I change my program selection(s) once I have submitted my application?
Only demographic information may be changed on your original application. Any changes in program selection(s) MUST be made by contacting the Office of Student Support Services at (818) 241-3111 ext. 1283. If more than one application is submitted, only the most recent application will be considered for the random selection process; all prior applications will be made ineligible.
15. How and when will I be notified of the Random Student Selection results?
Results will be emailed to all applicants following the random student selection or mailed if no email address is provided.
16. If I do not get accepted to an elementary magnet school, how do I determine my child's "home" elementary school?
GUSD maintains a "Street Finder" shortcut on the district website home page at www.gusd.net that can provide you with this information, or you may go directly to the Street Finder page by clicking here.
17. What happens to a student's enrollment status in a magnet school if the family moves outside of the GUSD boundaries?
If a student enrolled in a magnet school who is not enrolled in a Foreign Language Academies of Glendale (FLAG) Dual Immersion Program, moves outside of the GUSD boundaries, the student must reapply to the magnet school and readmission will be determined based upon space available.
18. How do I get additional information about applying to GUSD elementary magnet schools?
Additional information is available from the Office of Student Support Services at (818) 241-3111 x1283.