Sylmar STM Magnet - Application Information

Sylmar Charter High School
Science Tech Math Magnet
Application Information
The application period for the 2021-2022 school closed on November 20, 2020. We can not accept any more students for this school year (2021-2022.)
The on-time application period for the 2022-2023 school was open from October 1, 2021 to November 12, 2021. You may submit a late application through There is currently a wait list at all grade levels however prospective students are always encouraged to apply for spaces that may open in the future. Late applications will remain open through September, 2022. When looking for our school, make sure you select "Sylmar Charter HS Science Tech Math Magnet 1887802." Sylmar Biotech Academy is a different school.
If you would like more information about the Magnet program for Los Angeles Unified, please refer to the LAUSD Magnets home page. 
1.     Who can apply to the Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet?
Any student who lives within the LAUSD boundaries is eligible to apply.
2.     How does the application process work?
All Magnet schools use the same application, which can be found in the Choices Website. This site is published in the beginning of October and can be accessed online at Parents will first complete a LAUSD Parent Account. They will then enter the information about their children. After that, they can apply for magnet schools and other programs. Choices Brochures can also be obtained at LAUSD Schools, LAUSD Local District Offices, LAUSD Central Office, the Parent Community Services Branch, and all Los Angeles City Libraries. If you need help with the application, please visit this site: Step-by-step Guide to the Magnet Application. 
The application window for the 2022-2023 school year will be from October 1, 2021 to November 12, 2021. Parents who complete the application online will receive an immediate e-mail confirmation. Parents who mail a paper application (or hand-deliver it to the Student Integration Office,) will receive a confirmation letter in mid-December. The office is at 333 S. Beaudry Ave, 25th Floor, Los Angeles, 90017. Since the district receives an average of 60,000 applications each year, it is best to complete the application online. If you do mail your application, it is advisable to do so via registered mail to verify the mailing date. The district cannot be held responsible for lost applications. Late applications are processed and placed on a separate Late Waiting List. All applications need to be sent to the Student Integration Office, not the Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet.
Applying to a second and/or third choice magnet school:  You have the option to apply to a second and third choice school on the magnet application.  You should only do this if you would be happy to accept a position at the second or third choice school.  If you apply to a magnet that has more applicants than spaces, you may be accepted to your second or third choice.  When that happens, you WILL NOT be on the waiting list for your first choice school. Please do not list a second or third choice school that you do not want your child to attend. If you only indicate one choice, you will be on the waiting list for that school if you are not selected.  
In March, you will be notified whether your child was accepted or placed on a ranked waiting list. If space becomes available, students are taken off the waiting list in order. Students on the Late Waiting List will be accepted ONLY if the On-time Waiting List is exhausted. 
The application window for the 2021-2022 school year was from October 1, 2020 to November 20, 2021. Late applications will be available through September, 2021. You may submit a LATE APPLICATION for the 2020-2021 school year at However, we do have a waiting list at this time. (No students will be accepted after the second week of the semester.) You can find help with creating the Parent Account in the document below titled Parent User Guide or by clicking on the echoices website.
3.      How can I get my child into the Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet?
The only way to get a child into the Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet is through the Magnet Application Process. The only selection criteria is the number of priority Magnet points earned (described below.) NONE of the following are factors in selection: being identified gifted, earning good grades, working in the area, living in the area, knowing someone at the school, being able to volunteer, or being able to donate funds. The Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet can only take students off the lists generated by LAUSD in the order outlined above. We do not have the authority to make acceptance decisions at the school site.
Magnet Priority Points
4.      How are priority points assigned?
Students are assigned priority points in several areas:
  • Ninth grade applicants who have completed middle school in a magnet program, and apply to a magnet high school, receive 12 points. These points are assigned only for the ninth grade and only at the time of matriculation from middle school.
  • Applicants placed on a valid on-time Magnet waiting list will receive 4 points per year for up to three years. This is a maximum of 12 points. Students currently enrolled in a Magnet cannot earn waiting list points. Only the last three years are counted in the waiting list tally.
  • Applicants with a resident LAUSD school that is designated as overcrowded will receive 4 points. (These are schools that bus students out to relieve over crowding OR schools that are on a year round calendar to relieve over crowding.) These points are not cumulative. They are assigned annually.
  • Applicants with a resident LAUSD school that is designated as Predominantly Hispanic, Black, Asian, and Other Non-Anglo (PHBAO) receive 4 points. These points are not cumulative. They are assigned annually.
  • Applicants that apply to the same Magnet School in which a sibling will be continuing that year will receive 3 points. Siblings must reside at the same address at the time of application.
The graphic, 5 Ways to Earn Priority Points also explains the process. 5 formas de ganar puntos en español.
The overall maximum number of points possible is 23 points.
5.      How can an applicant find out how many magnet points they have?
Applicants are sent a letter in December or January confirming receipt of their application and the number of magnet points assigned. Parents who completed the application online will receive their confirmation letter via email. Questions regarding priority points should be directed to Student Integration Services, at (213) 241-4177.
6.      How many points does an applicant need to be accepted to the Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet?
Every year this varies. We cannot anticipate how many points applicants will have nor how many applications the district will receive each year. 
7.      How many students are accepted into the Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet?
The Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet accepts about 109 ninth grade students every year. We accept only a few students in grades 10-12 to fill the spaces of students who have move away from our school. We do not know how many openings we will have in grades 10-12 until those students notify us that they will not be returning. Sometimes, we do not have any openings in the upper grade levels.
8.      When is the acceptance list published?
The list is usually published in late March.
9.      What happens once an applicant is accepted into the Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet?
Once an applicant receives a letter of acceptance, parents should visit the Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet to obtain an enrollment packet. Please return this packet promptly so that we can program you child into the courses they desire. Ninth grade students will take a placement exam that will help us program the student into the proper courses and provide teacher support. This placement test is NOT used to deny acceptance to our Magnet.
Once applicants enroll in the Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet, they do not need to reapply unless they want to change schools. Current Magnet students who apply, and are accepted into another Magnet program, will be automatically dropped from our Magnet school. If applicants are accepted into a Magnet school, and decline placement, they lose all previous accrued waiting list points.
Waiting List
10.      How is a child ranked on the Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet waiting list?
Each on-time applicant is assigned a computer generated sub-priority random number. Once the applicant’s information is verified magnet priority points are assigned as outlined above and in the Choices brochure. Students not selected into a school are placed on a waiting list. The student’s rank on the waiting list is based on the number of priority points generated and the sub-priority points assigned by the Office of Student Integration Services.
11.      How does a parent find out where their child is on the waiting list?
The only information the school is authorized to provide is the page number of the waiting list where the applicant appears.
Some students may be eligible for transportation by LAUSD. Students must live OUTSIDE the  five mile radius from our school Please click on this 5 Mile Radius Map to see if you are eligible for transportation. Please check with the Magnet Coordinator to see if transportation is available in your area. Our school has stops at Verdugo Hills High School, Arleta High School, Polytechnic High School, Panorama High School and North Hollywood High School.  

This guide was compiled by Student Integration Services. Although we made every effort to verify the information, the pertinent details can change. This is meant as a guide, but not a legally binding document For more information go to, call Student Integration Services at (213) 241-4177, or contact the Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet at (818) 833-3776.