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Application Process

1. Who can apply to Mark Twain World Languages Magnet?

Any student who lives within the LAUSD boundaries is eligible to apply, including English Learners, Special Education, and Gifted and Talented students.

2. How does the application process work?

All Magnet schools use the same application, which can be found in the Choices Brochure. This Brochure is published in the beginning of October and can be accessed online at Choices Brochures can also be picked up at LAUSD Schools, LAUSD Local District Offices, LAUSD Central Office, Parent Community Services Branch, and all Los Angeles City Libraries. The application needs to be turned in before the deadline, which will be in November. Parents who complete the application online will receive an immediate email confirmation. Parents who mail in a completed paper application or hand-deliver it to the Student Integration Services at 333 S. Beaudry Ave, 25th Floor, Los Angeles, 90017, will receive a confirmation letter in mid-December. Since the district receives an average of 60,000 applications each year, it is advisable to mail the application as registered mail to verify the mailing date. Unfortunately, the district cannot be held responsible for lost applications. Late applications are processed and placed on a separate list. In March, you will be notified as to whether your child was accepted or placed on a ranked waiting list. If spaces become available, students are taken off the waiting list in order. magnet Schools that have exhausted their waiting list but still have openings, will take students off their late list. Once the late list is exhausted applicants are encouraged to pursue the walk-in process. Interested walk-in applicants should contact Mark Twain World Languages magnet at 310-305-3194.

3. How can I get my child into Mark Twain World Languages Magnet?

The only way to get a child into Mark Twain World Languages Magnet is through the Magnet Application Process. The only selection criteria is the number of priority Magnet points earned. 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, being able to donate funds. If applying to a Gifted/High Ability or Highly Gifted Magnet School, applicants must first meet the eligibility criteria that you can find here. Mark Twain World Languages Magnet can only take students off the lists generated by LAUSD. We do not have the authority to make acceptance decisions at the school site.

4. How are priority points assigned?

Students are assigned priority points based on several areas:

  • Applicants who have completed one level in a Magnet Program and apply to continue in the Magnet Program at the next level, receive 12 points. These points are assigned for one year only at the time of matriculation.
  • Applicants placed on a valid on-time Magnet waiting list will receive 4 points per year with a maximum of 12 points. A student currently enrolled in a Magnet cannot earn waiting list points. Only the last three years are counted in the waiting list tally.
  • Applicants whose resident LAUSD school is designated as overcrowded will receive 4 points. Overcrowded school must also currently be sending Capacity Adjustment Program students or is on a Concept 6 Calendar. These points are not cumulative; they are assigned yearly.
  • Applicants whose resident LAUSD school is designated as Predominantly Hispanic, Black, Asian, and Other Non-Anglo (PHBAO) receive 4 points. These points are not cumulative; they are assigned yearly.
  • Applicants that apply to the same Magnet School in which a sibling will be continuing will receive 3 points. Siblings must reside at the same address at the time of application.

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 Mark Twain World Languages Magnet?

Every year this varies. We cannot anticipate how many points applicants will have nor how many applications the district will receive.

7. How many students are accepted into Mark Twain World Languages Magnet?

Mark Twain World Languages Magnet can take in an average of 100 students per year.

8. When does the acceptance list come out?

The list is usually published in March.

9. What happens once an applicant is accepted to Mark Twain World Languages Magnet?

Once an applicant receives a letter of acceptance, call Mark Twain World Languages Magnet to accept or decline your child's acceptance into the Magnet school. Once applicants enroll in a Magnet school they do not have to reapply unless they want to change schools (this includes matriculation to the next school level such as elementary school to middle school). Current Magnet students who apply and are accepted into another Magnet program will be automatically dropped from the previous Magnet school. If applicants are accepted into a Magnet school and decline placement, they will lose all previous accrued waiting list points.

10. How is a child ranked on the Mark Twain World Languages Magnet waiting list?

Each on-time applicant is assigned a computer generated sub-priority random number. Once the applicants' information is verified magnet priority points are assigned, as outlined in the Choices Brochure. Students not selected to a school are placed on a wait list. The studet's rank on the wait list is based on the number of priority points generated and the sub-priority number assigned.

11. How does the 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 that the applicant appears on.


For more information go to or call Student Integration Services at 213-241-4177, or contact Mark Twain World Languages Magnet at 310-305-3194, or 310-305-3100.