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Middle Years Newsletter

Middle Years newsletter

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.

Magnet Schools

Palms Middle School has two Magnet Schools:

Modern Media logoModern Media and Communications Magnet

Starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

A program that builds a real and relevant foundation for success in the communications-based careers of the 21st century, from film production and broadcasting to journalism, law, and business.

This magnet has 347 openings for the 2020-2021 school year.

Learn more about this magnet school.

lightbulbGifted/High Ability Magnet

A program for students who exhibit exceptional ability and are identified as gifted or ability by the school district.

Learn more about this magnet school.

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 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. 

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

Magnet Fair

You can learn about the many Magnet School choices at the annual Magnet Fair.

Our area is served by the Educational Service Center West, which schedules a combined Magnet Fair for Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, and High Schools:

Magnet Fairs for Local District West:

Saturday October 19, 2019, 9:00am-12:00pm
Baldwin Hills Elementary School
5421 Obama Blvd., Los Angeles 90016

Saturday October 26, 2019, 9:00am-12:00pm
Marina del Rey Middle School
12500 Braddock Drive, Los Angeles 90066

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The CHOICES application is used to apply to the Magnet Program.

See Magnet Applications for dates and other details.

Magnet School Statistics

As of Fall 2019 there were

  • 282 LAUSD Magnet Schools
  • 47 for Gifted/High Ability across all grades
  • 17 for Gifted/High Ability for grades 6-8
  • 1 for Gifted/High Ability in West L.A. (Palms!)
  • 17 for Communications Arts across all grades
  • 3 for Communications Arts for grades 6-8
  • 1 for Communications Arts in West L.A. (Palms!)

For comparison, in 2014 there were

  • 198 magnet schools
  • 36 for Gifted/High Ability students across all grades
  • 1 for Gifted/High Ability in West L.A. (Palms!)