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School CHOICE Process Class of 2017. 2012-2013. LBUSD Mission: To support the personal and intellectual success of every student, every day. The 9 CHOICE High Schools. Cabrillo CAMS Jordan Lakewood McBride Millikan Poly Renaissance Wilson.

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Lbusd mission to support the personal and intellectual success of every student every day

School CHOICE Process Class of 2017


LBUSD Mission: To support the personal and intellectual success of every student, every day.

The 9 choice high schools

The 9 CHOICE High Schools

  • Cabrillo

  • CAMS

  • Jordan

  • Lakewood

  • McBride

  • Millikan

  • Poly

  • Renaissance

  • Wilson

Every student must fill out an application

High school information day

High School Information Day


November 17, 2012

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

High school information nights

High School Information Nights

  • Poly – AuditoriumTues, Nov 27th6:00 p.m.

  • Cabrillo – AuditoriumWed, Nov 28th6:00 p.m.

  • Wilson – AuditoriumThurs, Nov 29th6:00 p.m.

  • CAMSSat, Dec 1st9:30 a.m.

  • Renaissance – Aud.Mon, Dec 3rd6:00 p.m.

  • Jordan Main CampusTue, Dec 4th6:00 p.m.

  • Lakewood – AuditoriumWed, Dec 5th6:00 p.m.

  • Millikan - AuditoriumThurs, Dec 6th6:00 p.m.

  • McBride see

What 8 th graders can expect

What 8th graders can expect

  • Early November- Mailer that includes: Sample application, important dates, Choice Faire flyer, one-page descriptions of high school programs

  • Spanish & Khmer translations available on district website, at school sites and PALMS Office

  • November 12-16th - Pre-printed Applications for High School may be picked up at Research by middle school counselors (alpha unless notified otherwise)

  • Middle School Visitations by Secondary Specialized Programs- calendar of visitations have been sent to middle/high school principals and posted on the School Choice website. All 8th graders and parents are welcome to attend.

Special education students

Special Education Students

  • Students who receive Resource Specialist Program (RSP) services will follow the application process.

  • SDC students will receive a letter in November from the Division of Special Education, with the child’s SDC school assignment for next year, along with a description of school choice procedures. Blue School of CHOICE forms for SDC students will be available from the Division of Special Education.

    Special Education SDC Tours:

    Morning & Afternoon

High school visits for sdc

High School Visits for SDC

  • CabrilloDec. 4th 9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

  • JordanNov. 20th9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

  • LakewoodDec. 6th8:00 a.m. & 1:00p.m.

  • MillikanNov. 27th8:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

  • PolyDec. 5th8:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

  • WilsonNov. 30th9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.



Monday, December 17th

Application for High School/Secondary Specialized Programs to the middle school counselor.

  • Please note: Middle school principals and counselors may require an earlier deadline date than December 17th.

  • Private school students mail applications to or drop off

    at Special Projects Services, High School Choice Office

    Robinson and Powell Applications

    Due December 10, 2012

What happens next

What happens next?

Specialized Programs select students who have indicated an interest in their programs, and input into LROIX


Monday, January 28th

Secondary Specialized Programs’ Letters of Acceptance/Denial mailed home from the High School Office.

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Then what

Then what?

Monday, February 4th

DEADLINE for students accepted toSecondary Specialized Programsto return oneIntent to Attend form to their Middle School Counselor who will input this into LROIX no later than February 8th.

Private school students deliverIntent to Attend formdirectly to the Secondary Specialized Programselected.

Students need to make a decision

Students need to make a decision

February 11th – 15th

Secondary Specialized Programs finalize their Specialized Program rosters based on the number of Intent to Attend forms that are returned and inputted.


No LROIX pending lists will be created for SSPs.

  • When students put in an “Intent to Attend” for an SSP; that completes the students’ high school application process.

  • Students should not accept the SSP Intent to Attend if they would rather enter an SLC at their resident school instead.

Final assignment for 8 th graders

Final assignment for 8th graders

February 25th – March 1st

High School Office assigns students to high schools based on high school CHOICE and priority enrollment to their resident high school

Early March

Assignment letters sent to parents from High School Office

Spring 2013

Private School students may enroll at their resident high school (call High School registrar to determine documentation and/or programming date)

Beginning in March

High School counselors will program incoming freshmen

Appeal process

Appeal Process

March 29th

Deadline for Appeals to be mailed/submitted to the School Choice Office

(Appeal letter forms will be emailed to counselors in late February)

Criterion for granted Appeals are generally

computer or input errors

Very few are granted!

Secondary specialized programs recommendations for admission

Secondary Specialized Programs(recommendations for admission)

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Secondary Specialized ProgramsRecommendations for Admission

Small learning communities

Small Learning Communities

Cabrillo high school smaller learning communities specialized programs

Cabrillo High School Smaller Learning Communities: Specialized Programs

University Scholars

  • 3.3 GPA; Rigorous course of studies- AP, honors classes


  • Cabrillo Engineering and Design

  • Industry Recognized and Opportunity for College Credit

  • Nationally Certified PLTW Engineering Program

  • 3.00 GPA; CST Proficient in Math or Science

  • “C” or higher in Algebra recommended


    Specialized Academy of Computer, Media, Arts and Animation


  • Cabrillo Academy of Law and Justice

  • Associated with Long Beach and California Bar Associations

Cabrillo high school small learning communities

Cabrillo High SchoolSmall Learning Communities

  • Access

    9th Grade Academy

Cams california academy of math and science

CAMSCalifornia Academy of Math and Science

  • CAMS Supplemental Application

  • 3.00 GPA- (B’s or above in math or science)

  • Math, Science, Engineering Focus

  • Proficient or Advanced Proficient on CST

  • Completion Algebra 1-2

  • Demonstrate high interest in Math and Science

Jordan high school smaller learning communities specialized programs

Jordan High School Smaller Learning Communities:Specialized Programs

IB (Federally funded Magnet)

  • International Baccalaureate Classes (natural extension for students currently taking IB coursework or in middle school GATE programs)

  • 2.3 GPA Recommended


  • Aspiration in Medical Services

  • 2.00 GPA Highly Recommended


  • Architecture, Construction and Engineering Academy

  • 2.00 GPA Recommended

  • Math and Science background and interest recommended

Jordan high school small learning communities

Jordan High SchoolSmall Learning Communities


    Business and Entertainment School of Travel, Trade and Tourism

  • ETA

    Excellence Through the Arts

  • JMAC

    Jordan’s Media and Communication Learning Community


    Jordan’s Technical Studies

  • Panther Academy

    Explore career options in law and education

Lakewood high school smaller learning communities specialized programs

Lakewood High SchoolSmaller Learning Communities: Specialized Programs

Merit Scholars

  • Students selected from HSAI (High School Academic Index: average 7th and 8th GPA plus CST English and Math Scores).

  • Proficient/Advanced Proficient scores in ELA and Math CST scores.

  • Total of 175 selected.


  • Students selected from HSAI.

  • Basic and Above Proficient in ELA and Proficient/Advanced Proficient in Math

  • STEM—Special pathway within ATM

  • Total of 280 selected.


  • Limited number of well-qualified students from within each SLC

Lakewood high school small learning communities

Lakewood High SchoolSmall Learning Communities

  • The Arts Academy

    Pursue interests in drama, fine arts, music, film, dance, journalism, writing, and foreign language


    Lakewood Academy of Sports Medicine, Exercise Science, and Recreation

  • Odyssey Academy

    Cross-curricular, academically challenging program with a focus on marine studies


    Trade, Commerce & Business

Millikan high school smaller learning communities specialized programs

Millikan High SchoolSmaller Learning Communities: Specialized Programs


Questioning, Understanding, Engaging Success through Technology

  • GPA 3.50 or higher

  • Accelerated curriculum designed for GATE students


    Personal success through Empowerment, Academic achievement, Conflict resolution, and Ethics in action

  • GPA 2.75 – 3.3 or higher


    Community of Musicians, Performers, Artists, and Social Scientists

  • GPA 2.5 or higher

Millikan high school small learning communities

Millikan High SchoolSmall Learning Communities

  • M.I.T.

    Millikan Integrated Technology Academy


    Generating Respect for the Earth, the Environment, and Nature

  • MBA

    Millikan Business Academy

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McBride High School

  • McBride Engineering

  • McBride Health Medical

  • McBride Public Services - Forensics

Polytechnic high smaller learning communities specialized programs

Polytechnic High Smaller Learning Communities: Specialized Programs

PACE - Program of Additional Curricular Experiences (185 students selected)

  • Designed for advanced students seeking an excellent college preparatory curriculum by designated teachers

  • 25 to 30 Advanced Placement courses offered, including 2 levels of Calculus and of Physics

    CIC - Center for International Curriculum

  • GPA, CST scores, essay and application process - 175 students selected

  • Provides Accelerated, Honors and AP courses in a thematically integrated global curriculum

  • Unique course offerings, including Chinese and Japanese World Languages, up through the Advanced Placement level

    Pacific Rim Magnet Academy

  • California Partnership Academy with smaller class sizes

  • International Business and Trade focus

  • 60 students accepted

Polytechnic high small learning communities

Polytechnic HighSmall Learning Communities

  • Beach Academy of Math and Science

  • Humanities Academy

  • Medical and Paramedical Services Academy (MAPS)

  • Media, Entertainment, Technology & Systems (METS)

    Poly area students are accepted and have the opportunity to select an Academy (SLC) to match their interests. All provide a college preparatory curriculum. AVID is available to students.

Renaissance high school for the arts

RenaissanceHigh School for the Arts

Visual and Performing Arts

Success is an Art

Academic Art Emphases


Visual Art



Technical Theatre/Video


Wilson classical high school

Wilson Classical High School

CLASSICAL SCHOOL (all students)

  • 240 credits (7 classes in 9th grade, 6 classes 10-12)

  • Uniform

  • 2.0GPA

  • Course requirements exceed A-G

    Specialized Programs

    Distinguished Scholars

  • Academic GPA 3.3

  • Proficient or Advanced proficient CST scores

  • 7 classes every year (280 credits), most rigorous curriculum


    _ An Enhancement to Distinguished Scholars – minimum of 5 AP classes over 4 years


    _ Dual Immersion for students who have completed K-8 DI

Filling out the application

Filling out the Application

  • Step 1 Circle your home school and select the top three Small Learning Communities of your home school by placing an “A,” “B,” and “C,” by your choices.

  • Step 2 Indicate the three high schools that you are interested in by placing a “1,” “2,” and “3” under the name of your high school choices.

  • Step 3 Select three Small Learning Communities by placing a “A,” “B,” and “C” for your first, second and third choice for these two high school choices.

Small learning communities steps 1 3

Small learning Communities- Steps 1-3



Specialized program selection

Specialized Program Selection

Step 4 If you are interested (optional); choose three Specialized Programs by placing on the line a “1,” “2,” and “3” of your first, second, and third choice.

These programs have a competitive admissions process.

ACE (Jordan) Distinguished Scholars* (Wilson) PEACE* (Millikan)

AIMS (Jordan) Dual Immersion* (Wilson) QUEST* (Millikan)

ATM (Lakewood) 1 IB*** (Jordan) SACMAA (Cabrillo)

CAL J (Cabrillo) Knights (Lakewood) STEM (Lakewood)

CED (Cabrillo) 2 Merit Scholars (Lakewood) 3 University Scholars (Cabrillo)

CIC** (POLY) PAC RIM*** (Poly) WAVE (Wilson)

COMPASS* (Millikan) PACE (Poly)

School is a Specialized Program

CAMS** (Application must be in by December 10th to CAMS)



  • * Uniform and/or Code of Conduct contract(s) also required.

  • ** Additional “supplemental application” needed for CAMS & CIC & McBride.

  • Pick up supplemental application(s) from your counselor.

  • ***Federally Funded Magnet (International Baccalaureate & PAC RIM)

  • If you are currently enrolled in a Magnet/Gifted/GATE program, please state which program here:_____________.

Back side of the application

Back side of the Application


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is offered at all High Schools.

This elective class provides students with important study skills necessary for success in their academic classes.

ROTC or NJROTC is available at several high schools.

If you are interested in AVID or ROTC / NJROTC or both at the high school you are assigned to, please mark the elective or electives


School Bus Transportation Unavailable: The district does not provide bus transportation to the School of Choice or any magnet or Specialized Program.

Students who have been accepted to a Specialized Program(s) must turn in the “INTENT TO ATTEND” form to their middle school counselor no later than FEBRUARY 4, 2013

Those who turn in their “Intend to Attend” formcomplete their high school application process.


Lbusd mission to support the personal and intellectual success of every student every day

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are a high school’s home resident students guaranteed placement at their home school?

  • No, but students in the residence area are given preference for admission to that high school.

  • Students who are assigned to a school other than their home resident school are guaranteed a place in one of its small learning communities or academies.

  • If a student is attending a private school, is it possible to attend a LBUSD high school other than her or his home resident high school?

  • If an 8th grade student is not enrolled in a LBUSD school but resides within the district, that student can apply like any other LBUSD 8th grader to a school of choice specialized program with no guarantee of acceptance.

  • Private School students not accepted into their school of choice specialized program can enroll in their resident school if there is space. To be considered for their home school, Private School students must apply to their home school. Mail completed applications to Special Projects Services / High School Choice Office

Lbusd mission to support the personal and intellectual success of every student every day

  • Is there still a chance my child can get in to his/her first choice for a specialized program if he/she was not initially accepted?

  • If a student is rejected by their first choice specialized program and does not want to attend any other specialized program, parents can contact the SSP coordinator after February 4th and before February 11th to determine if there are any openings after the Intent to Attend deadline. Since the enrollment capacity for each of our SSP programs at each of the high schools is limited, the probability is small there would be room. Parents should strongly consider returning the Intent to Attend for a program that has accepted the student unless their student would be satisfied being enrolled in the general small learning communities at his/her resident high school.

  • No specialized program changes will be made after February 15, 2013.

No buses

No Buses

  • Is transportation provided for students who are accepted into a Specialized Program or at a non-resident school?

  • The district is unable to provide bus transportation to any school of choice or any magnet or special program.

Lbusd mission to support the personal and intellectual success of every student every day

  • Will a child be accepted automatically if the child attends a feeder middle school and turns in a Special Transfer or Appeal form?

  • No, a student who is attending a feeder middle school will not be automatically placed at a requested school because of a Special Transfer or Appeal Form. Unless the student is accepted into a specialized program, the priority enrollment goes to assigning the student to their home resident school.

  • Can students from outside of the district apply to a LBUSD high school?

  • Students who currently attend a middle school and reside outside of the district, but would like to attend a LBUSD school must apply for an Inter-District Permit (IDP) through the High School Office (1515 Hughes Way).

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