NCLB/Public School Choice

The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001(NCLB) requires state implementation of an accountability system that annually reviews academic progress in all Title I schools and requires schools that do not make adequate yearly progress (yearly growth target), to be identified as Program Improvement (PI) if it fails to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two consecutive years in the same component (i.e. English Language Arts, Mathematics, etc.).

Visit eChoices at for additional information where you will be able to access information about the Choices process and new features that will be available to you through this website. Complete and submit the application ONLY if you are interested in your child participating in the Magnet, Permits With Transportation (PWT), or Public School Choice (PSC) program, or if you wish for your child to change from one Magnet to another. Applicants MUST be residents of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) at the time of application and while participating in an LAUSD Magnet, PWT or Public School Choice program.


In addition, California Department of Education designates Title I schools at risk for being identified Program Improvement.  The School At-Risk for PI did not meet AYP target for one year. If the school does not meet its AYP target based on academic testing this year, the school will be identified for PI in August the following school year.  Students who attend a School At-Risk for PI are provided the option to transfer to a Non-PI school.  District-paid transportation is provided.

Should the School At-Risk for PI not be identified PI, he/she will not be eligible by law for a PSC transfer to a Non-PI school and you will be notified accordingly.

Students who use the Public School Choice option to transfer shall be enrolled in classes and other activities in the Non-Program improvement public school to which the students transfer in the same manner as all other children at the Non-Program Improvement public school. Parents are cordially invited and strongly encouraged to be involved in the activities and meetings at the Non-Program Improvement school.


The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 mandates providing the Public School Choice option to students attending a Program Improvement (PI) school [Section 1116(b)(1)(E). Identified students who attend a Program Improvement (PI) school are provided the option to transfer to a Non-Program Improvement school within the LAUSD. Transportation is provided and follows LAUSD policies and guidelines. Priority must be given to the lowest achieving children from low-income families.

The process for Public School Choice in the Los Angeles Unified School District is accessed through the CHOICES brochure.   The CHOICES brochure is mailed directly to the home address of each student attending an LAUSD school. Additionally, brochures with blank applications are available in every LAUSD school and in selected Los Angeles public libraries and Los Angeles county libraries. The CHOICES brochures are available upon request in the major languages spoken by LAUSD parents: Spanish, Cantonese, Farsi, Tagalog, Russian, Armenian, Korean, and Vietnamese. Finally, KLCS, the LAUSD television channel, broadcasts the CHOICES program to explain the completion of the application, the application deadline and the late application deadline. Seven broadcasts are in English and seven broadcasts are in Spanish.

The Title I law states that transportation is provided until the student's resident school exits Program Improvement. The student has the right to remain in the Non-Program Improvement school of choice until the highest grade of the school, but the obligation of the LAUSD to provide transportation ends when the resident school exits Program Improvement.

Click below to download the Public School Choice Brochures:

Click below to download the Public School Choice Questions and Answers (FAQ):

Click below to download Potential List of Schools for NCLB-PSC

Click below to view Enrollment Data for Choices Programs

For additional information, contact Dr. Debbie Dillard at (213) 241-6572
or send e-mail to: