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Map: LA Unified Magnet Schools In Demand, but Slow to Expand

Los Angeles Unified’s magnet programs — with their free busing across the city, attractive curriculum themes and often-strong test scores — have long been among the district’s most highly-coveted schooling options. Though they began in 1977 as the heart of the district’s court-ordered desegregation program, they’ve taken on even broader appeal; Superintendent Michelle King has called them “flagship programs” for LAUSD and says the schools will play a key role in her plan to combat shrinking enrollment.

But magnet applicants face long odds and long waitlists.