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12-27-2010, 08:57 AM
This from the L.A. Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-1226-arts-high-20101226,0,2814594,full.story) by Howard Blume:
You can't miss the distinctive 140-foot stainless steel tower of the city's year-old downtown arts high school from the adjacent 101 Freeway or from anywhere else nearby.

But figuring out how to enroll in the still-unnamed Grand Avenue campus can be elusive, and Los Angeles Unified School District officials are ignoring a school board policy regarding who should attend the $232-million, state-of-the-art school.

The drill for getting into Los Angeles Central High School No. 9, the campus' temporary name, adds one more wrinkle to the ever more complex process of picking a school in L.A. Unified.

Students, for example, can apply to a magnet school and will get in based on their ethnicity and a detailed point system. They can also apply to charter schools, where they must win a lottery to enroll at the popular ones. Families also can consider nine new schools, although details about their academic programs won't be available until at least February.

Some schools will make room for gifted students or athletes who don't live in the area. Then there are local neighborhood schools where leftover classroom seats are available for the asking.

These offerings, and more, have different rules and different deadlines. Many are listed in the district's "Choices" brochure. Charters, public schools that are independently run, are listed separately on the district website.

Even though students from across L.A. Unified can apply to the arts school, which opened in September 2009, the campus isn't mentioned in that brochure. Nor is the process explained on the school's multimedia website though it did list three dates in December for tours aimed at prospective families.

Mostly it was word of mouth and independent sleuthing that brought Ted Bernstein and his son, Adam, 13, an avid ballet student, to a tour.

"The only reason I knew about it was that we were researching high schools and looking for a specific thing for our son," said Bernstein, who lives in the mid-Wilshire area. "I read about it in the newspaper when it was getting ready to open up."

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02-08-2011, 10:52 AM
This from L.A. Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-arts-high-20110208,0,3798638.story) by Howard Blume:
Administrators of the flagship downtown Los Angeles arts high school neglected to mention one crucial fact in their application materials: that enrollment is first-come, first-served for students outside the neighborhood. It was the latest snafu in the short, troubled history of the $232-million campus.

That admissions information isn't explained on the school's website or on its application form. Instead, instructions note that families from other areas can apply between Feb. 7 and March 4.

Principal Luis Lopez characterized the incomplete information as an oversight.

By Monday afternoon, the school had accepted about 300 applications, more than double the number of spots available. Administrators plan to enroll about 35 students from outside the area in each of the school's four academies: dance, music, theater and visual arts. The rest of the students will come from the downtown neighborhood.

Kirsten Johnson, an L.A. Unified teacher whose son attends a charter school in South Park, was confused about the enrollment procedure but decided to arrive early.

"I don't know how they're going to select students," said Johnson, who heard about the school from a friend. "Is it like a lottery?"

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