Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are "Magnet" schools? 
A: Magnet Schools are special programs that offer theme-based curriculum to attract students with special interests. Magnet elementary, middle, and high schools exist in many districts throughout the United States.\

Q: What has the MSAP program done for the 21 Magnet Schools in ABC Unified School District? 
A: The Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grants awarded to ABC USD in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2011 provided over 30 million dollars for 16 Magnet schools. District funding and support has added 5 additional thematic-based school programs.

Some benefits of magnet programs include:

  • Full-time curriculum specialists and teacher specialist and instructors;
  • State-of-the-art labs devoted to the Magnet theme; 
  • Thematic curriculum that enriches students educational experience.
Q: How do I choose the Magnet Program that's right for my child? 
A: Deciding on a school for your child is a very important and personal decision. The best way to begin is to learn more about our magnet programs, attend one or more of our informational events, and call the school or schools in which you are interested. Each school can answer your questions and provide you with more information regarding curriculum and school tours. Finally, this website provides you with a wealth of information about our programs.
Q: Who can apply for our Magnet Schools? 
A: All students who will be entering Kindergarten through 12th grade in the next school year can apply to ABCUSD Schools. Residents must apply during the month of January and non-residents may apply beginning on April 1st (permit required).

Q: Will my child need to take an admissions test? 
A: No special testing or audition is required for admission to any ABC Magnet School. Admission is by application and lottery (when necessary). Magnet Schools are open to all families residing in and outside the district boundaries.

Q: Do I have to pay tuition at a Magnet School?
A: There is no cost to attend ABC Magnet Schools. They are educational options in the ABC Unified School District.

Q: How will I know if my child(ren) is/are accepted? 
A: The  deadline to apply to our magnet schools for district residents is January 31st at 2:00pm. By  March 1st, you will be notified of your child's application status.

Q: What is the lottery for and how is it conducted? 
A:  In the event that we cannot accommodate all of the applicants to a given school, we will conduct a lottery to determine who can be accepted. The lottery will be conducted in February, and you will be notified of the results on March 1st.

Q: If my child is accepted to a Magnet School, does she/he have to re-apply every year? 
A: No. As long as your child makes satisfactory progress and meets all of the permit requirements for attendance and behavior, she/he can continue on in that school until she/he matriculates to the next grade span (elementary, middle, high school).

Q: Do siblings have preferential treatment? 
A: No. Siblings do not have a priority in the lottery.

Q: How do I get more information? 
A: Call our Magnet Office at (562) 926-5566 ext. 21075, and we will be happy to help you! You may also contact any of the magnet schools directly.   Our Magnet Schools