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KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED TO OPEN ENROLLMENT UNTIL THE 2027-2028 SCHOOL YEAR.
 
If Kennedy HS is your assigned resident school, you do NOT need to submit an application.
 
Applications ARE required for the following programs:
 
  • KENNEDY ARCHITECTURE/DIGITAL DESIGN/FILMMAKING MAGNET
  • KENNEDY GIFTED/HIGHLY GIFTED MEDICAL MAGNET
  • KENNEDY GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION MAGNET
  • KENNEDY SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED STUDIES (SAS )PROGRAM
  • KENNEDY TEACHING & LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
 

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Kennedy Teaching & Leadership Academy

2024-25 SCHOOL YEAR
On Time Applications: OCTOBER 2 to NOVEMBER 18, 2023
Late Applications: OPEN FEBRUARY 1, 2024
 
  
  
2024-25 SCHOOL YEAR
Deadline: ONGOING
 
 
 
 

Criteria for Gifted/Highly Gifted Magnet Programs and Schools for Advanced Studies

Applicants to the Kennedy Gifted Medical Magnet or School for Advanced Studies program must meet at a minimum one of three eligibility criteria:
  • Student has been identified as gifted by a LAUSD designated GATE psychologist in an academic category.
  • Student scored in the Standard Exceeded range on the 2023 SBAC in English Language Arts AND Math.
  • Student’s current school verifies eligibility that the student demonstrates four critical thinking and problem-solving skills and the ability or strong potential to work two years above grade level.

Verification of Eligibility Process for Late Applications (Feb-Aug)

L.A. UNIFIED APPLICANTS

The student's CURRENT SCHOOL of attendance completes the verification of eligibility process.
 
Verification forms are NOT required for students currently enrolled in LAUSD (except LAUSD independent charter schools). For District applicants, this will involve communication between the two District schools (Gifted Magnet or SAS site AND student’s current school of attendance). 
 
To expedite the process, please notify your school's GATE coordinator that you have a late application pending and request that they begin their internal approval process.
 

PRIVATE SCHOOL, INDEPENDENT CHARTER, AND NON-L.A. UNIFIED APPLICANTS

If/when a Gifted Magnet/SAS site contacts the late applicant about an available seat, verification must be provided at that time.
 
For non-district applicants, the parent/guardian must request that the non-district school complete the applicable Verification of Eligibility form and submit it directly via email to Kennedy's magnet coordinator Mandy Arentoft [email protected]

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Verification of Eligibility Process for On Time Applications (Oct/Nov)

L.A. UNIFIED APPLICANTS

Verification forms are NOT required for students currently enrolled in LAUSD (except LAUSD independent charter schools). 
 
For District applicants, the student’s current school of attendance will complete the verification= of eligibility process in January and an eligibility letter will be sent out to parents on/around February 1, 2024.

PRIVATE SCHOOL, INDEPENDENT CHARTER, AND NON-L.A. UNIFIED APPLICANTS

For non-district applicants and students enrolled in LAUSD independent charter schools, the parent/guardian must request that the non-district school complete the applicable Verification of Eligibility form.
 
The verification of eligibility form MUST BE RECEIVED on or before November 18, 2023.