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  1. What is the difference between the magnet and SAS programs at Marshall?

 

Marshall Gifted Magnet Marshall School for Advanced Studies
  • Magnet schools are voluntary, court ordered integration programs that are open to all
  • Schools for Advanced Studies(SAS), coordinated by Gifted/Talented programs, are model GATE demonstration sites at resident schools 
  • L.A. Unified studentJohn Marshall Magnet is a Gifted/Highly Gifted/High Ability Magnet comprised of 420 students
  • S.A.S is the Gate instructional program at John Marshall High School. School choice is not primary purpose of SAS, rather, the goal is to recognize and nurture model demonstration sites at resident schools to share effective GATE practices districtwide.

 

  • Transportation may be provided for students who live outside a 5 mile radius of Marshal
 

 

 

Marshall Gifted Magnet

Marshall School for Advanced Studies 

  • Magnet schools are voluntary, court ordered integration programs that are open to all L.A. Unified students
  • John Marshall Magnet is a Gifted/Highly Gifted/High Ability Magnet comprised of 420 students
  • Transportation may be provided for students who live outside a 5 mile radius of Marshall
  1. Schools for Advanced Studies(SAS), coordinated by Gifted/Talented programs, are model GATE demonstration sites at resident schools 
  2. S.A.S. is the GATE instructional program at John Marshall High School.School choice is not the primary purpose of SAS, rather, the goal of SAS is to recognize and nurture model demonstration sites at resident schools to share effective GATE practices districtwide.

 

  1. How are students selected for the magnet program?

    • You are not guaranteed a space at marshall magnet even if Marshall is your assigned high school

    • Magnet students are selected through the office of student integration.  Applications are not handled by the school site.

    • Selection is based on the “magnet priority point” system

    • Students are randomly selected to magnet schools based on the number of points they have

    • Any student who sent in an on-time application, but was not selected, is places on a waiting list at the school

    • Any student that resides in LAUSD boundaries is eligible to  apply to magnet schools

 

  1. How are students selected for the SAS program?

    • If Marshall is your resident school and you meet the eligibility criteria for SAS you will automatically be offered a S.A.S space at the time of enrollment

    • If space is available – after accommodating ALL students residing within the schools boundaries – a selection process will be conducted in this order

      1. Siblings (must meet eligibility criteria)

      2. Students residing within LAUSD

    • There is NO POINT system for S.A.S

  2. How do I apply?

    • Parents can apply to Magnet and SAS programs using the LAUSD Unified Enrollment application

      1. If Marshall is your resident school, unified enrollment will not accept your application for SAS.  Only students who are not assigned to Marshall need to apply for Marshall SAS through Unified Enrollment

      2. Any student who wishes to be in magnet needs to submit an application through unified enrollment

    • The application can be found at Apply LAUSD

    • The on-time application window opens on October 1st and closes on November 13.  

    • The last day to submit an on-time choices application is November 13, 2020

  3. How do I know if my student is identified as gifted?

    • If your child is currently enrolled in an LAUSD school, you can contact your child’s counselor at their current school to find out if he/she is identified as gifted. 

    • If your child is not currently enrolled in an LAUSD school and you wish to attend Marshall SAS, you will need to provide additional verification.  Please contact Ms. Novik at jnovik@lausd.net for assistance

  4. My child has never attended an LAUSD school.  How will they be identified as gifted?

    • For the magnet program, an administrator from the child’s current school will need to provide documentation that indicates that the student meets the criteria of a gifted learner.  The necessary forms for this are found in the magnet application.  

    • If your child is not currently enrolled in an LAUSD school and you wish to attend Marshall SAS, please contact Ms. Novik at jnovik@lausd.net for assistance

  5. Do I need to apply to both programs?

    • If Marshall is your resident school, then you do not apply to SAS

    • If Marshall is your resident school and you meet the eligibility criteria for SAS (see attached form) then you will be offered a space in the SAS program when you enroll your child 

    • If Marshall is not your resident school, and you wish to participate in the SAS program, you will need to submit a unified enrollment application. 

    • Anyone that wishes to participate in Marshall magnet needs to submit a unified enrollment application

    • The magnet does not give priority to families that live close to Marshall high school. 

  6. How do I find out if Marshall is my resident school?

    • The LAUSD resident school finder Resident School Identifier will tell you which high school your are assigned simply by entering your home address

    • Note: proof of residence (utility bill, driver’s license, rental agreement)  will be required at the time of enrollment.

  7. When will I find out if my child is accepted?

    • Students who submit an on-time application through unified enrollment will be notified that they have been “selected” or “wait-listed” in late March 2021

    • Students who are “wait listed” are not guaranteed a space in the program. If accepted students decline their space, then a waitlist space is opened up. 

  8. Is one program more difficult than the other?

    • No.  Both programs recommend the same curriculum

    • The difficulty of schedule is determined by the student and their parent

  9. Are Magnet and SAS students allowed to participate in sports and other extracurriculars at Marshall?

    • Yes.  Student’s in both programs are encouraged to take advantage of all of the extracurricular opportunities that Marshall has to offer.

  10. I don’t live in the Marshall area and my student is not identified as gifted.  Can I still apply to the Magnet or SAS?

    • You can still submit an application to both programs, but your child will have to be verified as meeting the eligibility criteria by their current school. By the end of February 2021 you will be notified by unified enrollment if your child is eligible.

    • If your child does not meet the gifted eligibility there application will be rejected.

  11. If my child is accepted to the magnet, will a bus route be provided?  Does the SAS program offer transportation?

    • Transportation is offered to magnet students who live more than five miles from Marshall high school.  Bus routes are assigned by LAUSD transportation division in late July. 

    • Marshall SAS does not offer transportation

  12. Will my child be taking AP classes in 9th grade?

    • At Marshall high school, we do not recommend 9th graders to take Advanced Placement classes.

    • This recommendation is based on the fact that 9th grade is a transition year and the emphasis should be placed on adjusting to high school and developing the organization and study skills to be successful in high school.

    • Most magnet and SAS students at Marshall take multiple AP beginning in tenth grade. 

  13. Which program is better? 

    • Both programs are very competitive and challenge gifted learners 

    • Both programs have outstanding college acceptance and score above district average on standardized tests.