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Apply for a GUSD Magnet School

GUSD magnet schools require an application. Students are selected each year by a random lottery.

  • The K-8 magnet school application window for 2024-25 will be from November 1, 2023, through January 31, 2024.
  • The Clark Magnet High School Application window for 2024-25 will be from January 8 - January 31, 2024. 

Dr. Nancy Hong, Director, Dual Language Immersion and Magnet Programs | (818) 241-3111 x1243

Application Information & Procedures

    1. Elementary magnet school tours are strongly recommended. If your child is selected for a school you have not toured, you may be asked to complete a tour prior to enrolling.
    2. To apply to a magnet program, fill out the online application during the application window.
    3. Print the verification receipt for your records and check to make sure the demographic information, grade level, and program choices are correct.
    4. Demographic changes may be made online, however, any changes in program selection must be made by contacting the magnet office at (818) 241-3111 ext. 1237.
    5. Once your application is submitted and processed, you will receive an email stating the applicant's eligibility for the random student selection.
    6. Applications received after the deadline will be placed at the waiting list.
    7. Results will be emailed to all applicants following the lottery.
    8. Following notification of admission to a magnet school, a district-required enrollment packet must be completed and returned to the magnet school within three weeks of receipt. Admission to an elementary magnet school is not confirmed until the enrollment packet is complete and approved by the school, this includes all permit requirements as applicable.
    9. In addition to the enrollment packet, students selected by the random selection process from outside GUSD must receive a release from their district of residence in order to complete the enrollment procedures which includes obtaining a release from my home district. Inter-district permits are subject to space/capacity at schools, grade levels, and specialized programs.
    10. If selected applicants do not complete the enrollment packet within the three week period, their application will become ineligible. Forfeited spaces will be given to the next applicant on the waiting list.
  • 1. The magnet application will be available for online submission during the application window. Applications received after the deadline will be placed on the appropriate waiting list(s).

    2. Applicants must complete one application per child (including separate applications for twins or multiples).

    3. Applicants may select up to three different programs on the application. Applicants are not required to make more than one choice.

    4. Applicants should select only those programs for which they are willing to accept an offer of placement. Through the random student selection, an applicant who selects more than one program on the application may be offered more than one program placement.

    5. Once a spot is accepted in one program all other offers are automatically declined.

    6. Transportation will not be provided to any GUSD school.

    7. Applicants seeking placement in a school in which a currently enrolled sibling is attending and will continue to attend in the upcoming school year, will have priority over applicants without siblings. The sibling must live in the same household and have at least one parent/guardian in common. In-district resident siblings have priority over out-of-district siblings.

    8. Applicants certified as living within a half-mile radius of the elementary magnet school will have priority in the random selection process. GUSD residents have priority over out-of-district residents.

    9. Complete, on-time applications will be eligible for the random student selection according to the district priority guidelines. Selections will be made for only those spaces available.

    10. If no space is available, applicants will be placed on a waiting list for each of the programs to which they applied.

    11. Applications received after the deadline will not be eligible for the random student selection, but will be placed at the end of the appropriate waiting list(s) according to their priority group status.

    12. Applicants will be called from the waiting list to fill any vacancies that occur.

    13. Waiting lists will be maintained until the new application window opens. After that time, the waiting lists will be discontinued and applicants may apply for upcoming school year.

    14. In the event that an applicant is accepted to an elementary magnet school but is retained in the current grade level after the random student selection, the applicant may not reserve the magnet seat, but will be given priority on the wait list in the retained grade level.

    15. If selected for a magnet school a student's continuation in a magnet school is contingent on the student maintaining attendance and behavior expectations.


    1. When can I submit an application?
    The application window is open from January 8 through January 31, 2024. 

    2. Would an application be accepted after the deadline?
    Applications submitted after January 31, 2024 will not be considered for the lottery but will be placed on a waiting list, if eligibility is met.

    3. What happens if the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of openings available?
    A fair and equitable electronic lottery will be conducted by the GUSD to determine the placement of qualified applicants. If necessary, after the lottery, a waiting list will be established for placement.

    4. Can parents be present at the time of the lottery?
    Due to the pandemic, the lottery will be virtual.

    5. How do I apply if I do not have internet access?
    You may complete the application, in person, at the Department of Student Support Services at 223 N. Jackson, Room 203, in Glendale, by 4:30 p.m. no later than January 31, 2024. Please call (818) 241-3111 ext. 1236 to make an appointment.

    6. When will I be informed if my application is eligible for the lottery?
    Before the lottery, you will receive an email stating whether or not your child's application meets the eligibility requirements to be included in the lottery. If you do not receive an email indicating the applicant's eligibility one week prior to the lottery, please contact the office of Student Support Service at (818) 241-3111 ext. 1236.

    7. When is the electronic lottery?
    The lottery will be held on March 1, 2024.

    8. How will I be notified about the results of the lottery?
    You will receive an email notification. 

    9. If one of my twins is accepted will the other one be automatically accepted?
    Yes, if one twin is accepted if eligible the other twin will be as well. 

    10. If I have a child currently attending Clark will the younger sibling have priority for admission?
    There will be no sibling preference or priority for admission. 

  • All Clark applicants are required to reside within the boundaries of the Glendale Unified School District.

    Students are selected each year by a random lottery:

    • The application window for the 2024-25 Elementary Magnet and Dual Language Immersion Programs and Roosevelt STEAM Academy is November 1, 2023 - January 31, 2024. The lottery drawing will be held on February 14, 2024.
    • Clark Magnet High School Application window for 2024-25 will be January 8, 2024 - January 31, 2024. The application will open at 7:00 a.m. on January 8. The lottery drawing will be conducted on March 1, 2024. For students offered a spot on the day of the lottery, parents must submit their acceptance online no later than March 8, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.
    • Only eligible applications submitted during the application window will be included in the 2024-25 lottery. All late applicants will be placed on a waiting list.