Eligibility:  Highly Gifted & HG-Applicable
Children are eligible for HG Magnet schools if they test in the 99.5th percentile or above on an intelligence (IQ) test conducted by an LAUSD psychologist. Priority is given to children with 99.9%, officially “Highly Gifted” by LAUSD definition. If there are openings remaining in the program, “Gifted” students with 99.5%-99.8% (“Highly Gifted Applicable”) can be admitted, with priority based on Magnet points.

IQ Test v. OLSAT Test
Starting in 2011, all LAUSD second-graders were given the OLSAT test. This is not an IQ test, but an “ability” test, which can qualify them for regular Gifted schools, but NOT for Highly Gifted programs like the Portola HGM. You still need to request an IQ test to be eligible for the Highly Gifted program.

IQ Test for Eligibility
LAUSD students may request a psychologist-administered IQ test through the GATE Coordinator at your school. If “HG” appears on your child's elementary school report card, that means she/he tested in the 99.9th percentile. If "Intellectual" appears, you should call LAUSD’s Gifted/Talented Education office (GATE) at (213) 241-6500 to find out whether they are HG-applicable (99.5%+).

LAUSD-affiliated Charter students may request a LAUSD-administered IQ test, but know that you may meet greater resistance because the school needs to pay $50 per child to be tested by LAUSD (because the charter school already received all the money that would have paid for testing).

Private School Students - see below

Everyone: Due to staffing cuts, it can take many months to get tested and to receive results. Stay persistent if you believe your child may be highly gifted. Your child has a legal right to an appropriate education that meets their needs. You may request results sooner by contacting the LAUSD GATE Office directly at (213) 241-6500.

My child is HG/applicable. How do I enroll in Portola Magnet?
You must apply through the eChoices Application for any Magnet school.  This application will be available online at http://echoices.lausd.net from October 4 - November 10, 2016 for the 2017-18 school year.  The District is no longer sending printed applications home, though some are available in school offices during application season.  Late applications are no longer accepted. Applicants will be notified by mail (generally in April/May) as to the status of the application.

If you miss the application deadline, walk-in applications will be accepted in the Magnet Office, but are taken based on available openings and a first come, first served basis. While walk-in applications are accepted, the probability of getting into the program via this method is extremely low.

If your child is eligible for HG programs, we highly encourage you to see our unique program in person.  During the fall Magnet application season, we run tours for interested parents and students to visit our school, walk through the classrooms to observe the rigorous instruction, meet our amazing students and highly qualified teachers. Tours for Fall 2016 are scheduled as the following:

Thursday, October 6th:             8:30 - 11:00am

Thursday, October 13th:           8:30 - 11:00am

Thursday, October 27th:           8:30 - 11:00am

Thursday, November 3rd:         8:30 - 11:00am

Thursday, November 10th:       8:30 - 11:00am

What if my child is currently in private school?
Private school students who reside within LAUSD boundaries can now request LAUSD gifted identification. These requests must be made of the student's public school of residence. Verification of the residential address will be required for students not attending an LAUSD school. The school of residence and the parent will work with the student's school of attendance (private school) to collect documentation and proper signatures. The application will then be submitted by the school of residence.

For families interested in Portola Highly Gifted Magnet, the request for an intellectual assessment should be made no later than the middle of 4th grade to allow for the scheduling and administration of the test. Ideally a student should be identified as highly gifted (HG) or highly gifted applicable (HGA) upon entering 5th grade. This timeframe will allow parents to apply through the eChoices website prior to the close of the application window in mid-November.

For further questions, please call Magnet Coordinator Karen Perry at 818-654-3355 or contact the Magnet Parents Association by email.