FAQ for Prospective Families

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the educational philosophy for Braddock Gifted Magnet?

A: We believe that all students should have the opportunity to receive an education commensurate with their abilities. We strive to provide an environment where students can develop their intellectual, creative, and artistic abilities to their fullest potential, while becoming technologically literate, socially-conscious individuals, and lifelong learners. Grouping together students of similar intellect and disposition encourages self-confidence and self-acceptance, and it creates an atmosphere in which students can excel in academic areas while allowing more time for enrichment activities. Providing students of different ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds opportunities to interact in a positive environment fosters knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of diversity.

Q: How long has Braddock Gifted Magnet program existed?

A: Braddock Gifted Magnet program started in 1999.

Q: What are the goals of the Gifted Magnet Program at Braddock?

A: We focus on higher-level cognitive concepts and thinking processes, provide enrichment activities, and encourage originality. Differentiated instruction is reflected throughout the curriculum through acceleration/pacing, depth, complexity, and novelty in each area of study.

Q: What are the requirements to enter Braddock Gifted Magnet?

A: WHEN APPLYING TO A GIFTED MAGNET CENTER, APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be identified as gifted in the Intellectual, High Achievement or Specific Academic Ability Category OR be verified as eligible to apply by the child’s current school of attendance. (Refer to Gifted Magnet Criteria below.)
  • If not identified as gifted, be re-verified if student is a matriculating 5th, 6th or 8th grade applicant who has completed elementary or middle school. The current school of attendance is required to re-verify the student to determine eligibility to continue in a Gifted Magnet program.
  • Adhere to the recommendation submitted and signed by the principal of the current school of attendance.
  • Reside within the LAUSD boundaries at the time of application and while participating in the Magnet program.

Gifted Magnet Centers offer enriched interdisciplinary academic environments that are exciting, challenging and encourage students to use creative/critical thinking skills. Gifted Magnets serve students who demonstrate ability or strong potential to work two years above grade level in academic subjects, and meet ONE of the criteria listed below.

  1. Identified as gifted by an LAUSD designated GATE psychologist in the Intellectual, High Achievement or Specific Academic Ability Category.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to meet ALL FOUR of these critical thinking and problem solving skills in their primary language:
    • Explain meanings or relationships among facts, information or concepts that demonstrate depth and complexity.
    • Formulate new ideas or solutions and elaborate on the information.
    • Use alternative methods in approaching new or unfamiliar mathematical problems.
    • Use extensive vocabulary easily and accurately to express creative ideas.

    Your child’s teacher and the principal of the school your child is currently attending will determine if your child meets all four critical thinking and problem solving skills and demonstrates ability or strong potential to work two years above grade level in academic subjects.

  3. Scored in the Standard Exceeded range on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) or have a national percentile score of 85 or above on a District-approved standardized norm referenced test in both total reading and total math for the most recent year.

Q: Are parents allowed to volunteer or be involved? Is there a parent group?

A: Parents are an integral part of Braddock Drive Gifted Magnet. They are welcomed and encouraged to actively participate in their child’s education. Parents and community members volunteer in the classrooms, assist with supervision, chaperone field trips, serve as tutors, and assist teachers with projects. Many of our talented parents share their particular skills and knowledge with our students. Magnet parents are also active members of our all-school committees, including the Enrichment, Beautification, and One School Committees.

Parent-Teacher conferences are on ongoing component of communication between school and home, and surveys, progress reports/report cards, and school bulletins are sent home regularly. Parents attend Back-To-School Night, Open House, student award ceremonies, student performances, and other school-sponsored events. All parents are invited and urged to attend Gifted Parent Meetings, as well as all other parent meetings.

“Friends of Braddock Gifted Magnet School” (FOB) is an active parent group that provides the Magnet classrooms with supplemental funding. FOB raises funds through our Annual Donation campaign, Spring online auction, fundraising parties, Read-a-thon, and Disney Raffle. These funds satisfy vital classroom needs, such as computers, Magnet teaching assistants, field trips, and other enrichment activities. FOB also plans potluck socials for families, so everyone can spend time together outside of school..

Q: How many classes are in the Braddock Gifted Magnet program? And how many students per class?

A: We have one class per grade. For 2nd and 3rd grade, the maximum is 24 students per class. For 4th and 5th grade, the maximum is 34 per class.

Q: Is Braddock part of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) or Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD)?

A: LAUSD

Q: When are school tours given?

A: For Fall 2017, the upcoming Magnet tours are Tuesday October 24 and Monday November 6. Both tours are 8:30-10am and start in the School Auditorium.

Q: How do I apply for the Braddock Gifted Magnet Program?

A: Please visit http://echoices.lausd.net for more information on how to apply to Braddock Gifted Magnet. Students are randomly accepted in Magnet programs based on the number of points they have. The number of students selected is based on the number of available spaces at a particular school. Any student who sends in an on-time application, but was not selected, is placed on a waiting list at their first choice school. The deadline for this year is November 9, 2017.

Q: What are the attendance boundaries for Braddock Gifted Magnet?

A: You must live within LAUSD boundaries to apply.

Q: How does Braddock Gifted Magnet testing compare with other schools?

A: A 2016 LA Times article shows that 87% of Braddock Gifted Magnet students met or exceeded standards for Math, and 92% met or exceeded standards for English, putting our scores far above other schools. http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-edu-magnet-test-scores-2016/

Q: What multicultural and enrichment programs are offered by Braddock Gifted Magnet?

A: Braddock Gifted/Highly Gifted/High Ability Magnet infuses multicultural activities throughout the curriculum. Our cultural richness provides us the opportunity to interact with and learn from students from diverse backgrounds. We celebrate our diversity through activities such as Black History Month, assemblies that focus on elements of various cultures through Social Studies, classroom videos and computer activities. Multicultural literature is an integral component of every classroom. Additionally, we have informative guest speakers who visit our classrooms, and activities specific to different units of cultural study. We strongly encourage parents to participate and share information, stories, and items specific to their own cultural background.

Enrichment is an important component of Gifted Education. In addition to curriculum-related classroom enrichment experiences, we have an arts program, and we offer an instrumental music program for selected students in grades 4-5. We are an Arts Program School, and as such we provide 4-6 weeks of Dance, Drama, or Fine Arts – taught by professionals – to selected classrooms per year. We have classroom field trips, which are meant to enhance the educational experience in a real-world setting; we have visited the Getty Villa, Disney Concert Hall, and 826LA,as well as the Griffith Observatory, Broad Stage, and Santa Monica pier Aquarium.

Computer instruction and enrichment activities are provided in our Computer Lab, as well as integrated into classroom lessons and activities, and our students create science projects which are then presented at our annual Magnet Science Fair. Depending on community sponsors and parent volunteers, our students have participated in in gardening, special physical education classes, and on-campus presentations by the California Science Center, Music Center on Tour, and Wildlife Learning Center. We have even had UCLA graduate students facilitate theater and nutrition classes in selected classrooms.

Q: Are there specialists for P.E., music, and art?

A: Each teacher incorporates art into their curriculum as they see fit. Music is offered to fourth and fifth graders who are interested in playing a musical instrument, and physical education is provided by the classroom teacher. We currently have a professional development series where one of our teachers is being trained by a P.E. specialist on how to implement sports more effectively. Arts education is supplemented with a LAUSD-certified dance, music, visual arts, or theater teacher. In addition, we have had a program called Arts Matters, and parents can volunteer to educate students in PE, music, or other areas.

Q: Are there iPads or computers?

A: Braddock has a computer lab with 34 Mac desktops, as well as an iPad mobile computer cart with 34 iPads. In addition, all of the Magnet classrooms have several computers for the students to use.

Q: Is there breakfast in the classroom?

A: Currently, we offer free breakfast in the classroom for any student that would like to participate, as well as free lunch for every student in the afternoon. Additionally, we provide a free hot supper immediately after school for anyone who wishes to take advantage of this amenity.

Q: What is the homework policy?

A: Homework varies by grade and teacher, and is assigned to support the work done in the classroom.

Q: What is the school size?

A: Approximately 450 students are currently enrolled – Pre-K through 5th grade – in the Traditional, Mandarin Immersion (MI) and Gifted Magnet Programs combined.

Q: How are the Gifted Magnet, MI and the community school integrated?

A: Each program has its own teachers, and students stay with their own classes for the entire school day, including recess and lunch. Depending on the grade, Magnet students may be mixed for certain school-wide activities,such as the instrumental music program that we offer for 4th and 5th graders, student government, the Halloween parade, the winter and spring festivals, and Multicultural Day. Teachers also collaborate on programs within, and outside, their grade level.

Q: Will transportation be provided for Braddock Gifted Magnet program students?

A: Yes, transportation is provided by bus if you live outside of a 2 mile radius of Braddock.

For information about existing bus routes, contact Transportation Services Division at 1-800-LABUSES or (213) 580-2950. There will be no new bus routes added.

The existing bus routes are listed here in this flyer: BraddockGMBusRoutes20172018

Q: Is there a middle school that Braddock Gifted Magnet feeds into?

A: At this time, there is no feeder school. Historically, our students have matriculated into schools such as *Palms Gifted Magnet, *Paul Revere, LACES, Portola High Gifted Magnet, Walter Reed IHP, GALA, Charter School, New West Charter school, City Charter, as well as some private schools and various SAS programs. Both students and parents have felt strongly that Braddock Gifted Magnet program has prepared them well for middle school. (*most common)

Q: Is before and after school care available on campus?

A: Before school care is provided from 6:36 a.m. – 8:06 a.m. by Ready Set Go. After school care is provided from school dismissal until 6:00 p.m. by LA’s Best, Youth Services and STAR Galaxy. Click HERE for more information.

Q: What communication methods are used between parents and teachers?

A: Each teacher has their personal preference. The 2nd grade teacher, for instance, prefers to receive a note in the child’s folder and communicates her response in the same way. Other teachers use email to contact parents directly, and one teacher uses ClassDojo to communicate with parents.

Q: Do the students wear uniforms?

A: No, our school does not require uniforms.

Q: What if I have more questions?

A: Contact our Braddock Magnet coordinator Joyce at (310) 915-5977 or our Friends of Braddock President at president.friendsofbraddock@gmail.com .