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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are there tours of the campus?
 
Yes! We have a standing tour of our beautiful campus every Monday and Thursday at 2:00 pm. Reservations are not required, but are appreciated. However, if you need a different time or day for the tour, just call the office(818-686-4224) and we will schedule a tour for you. I love to show off our school!
 
2. How many Magnet students attend Pacoima Middle School? Where do they come from?
 
We have approximately 415 students attending our Magnet programs. The Performing Arts Magnet has about 250 students and our Computer/Media magnet has about 165 students. Our Magnet students come from all over the Los Angeles Unified School District, and form a very diverse group of young adults. Diversity proves every year to be one of our real strengths.
 
3. Is there a dress code or uniform at Pacoima Middle School?
 
Yes, we have both. Our students proudly wear black pants, shorts or skirts, and a solid black, red, or white collared shirt (our school colors). Our uniform creates an environment conducive to the high academic standards set forth by our dedicated teachers. In addition, our uniform unites our Pacoima campus into a family-like atmosphere.
 
4. How does a magnet student enroll in the Pacoima Performing Arts or Computer/Media Magnets?
 
There is a new on line application.  echoice@lausd.net  is where you will find all the information needed to apply. When completing the application, use the code 1832102 for the Performing Arts Magnet and 1832103 for the Computer/Media Magnet.  If you do not have access to a computer, or are experiencing difficulty, please stop by the main office and pick up a brochure.
 
5. Who decides if my child gets into one of the Magnet Programs?
 
Students are assigned to the magnet program through the Office of Integration by the use of an official point system as well as a lottery process. Please keep in mind that Magnet openings are determined by the need to maintain a racially balanced enrollment and by available space. If you require specific information about this process, please contact the Office of Integration by calling (213) 241-4177.

6. What is the curriculum for a typical student in your Magnet program?
 
Both of our Magnet programs follow the core academic curriculum set up by the State of California. In addition to that, our 6th grade performing Arts students take Dance as their Physical Education class and are involved in an elective “wheel” – a rotating 10 week schedule that includes classes in Drama, Stagecraft, Film and Musical Theater. Unlike some schools, our students take their elective every day. Our Computer/Media students join the “wheel’ in 6th grade, and then in the 7th and 8th grades take a yearlong intensive journey into the world of word processing, computer maintenance, net-working, digital photography / film, as well as web design. We offer High School level Algebra for all of our 8th graders as well as one class for our 7th graders who are ready for the Algebra challenge. High School Geometry is offered for those 8th graders ready for a more advanced math course.

7. Is there transportation provided with acceptance into the Magnet program?
 
Yes! Any student who lives 3 miles outside of Pacoima Middle School is eligible for school bus transportation.
 
8. What is the average class size?
 
Pacoima Middle School is part of the QEIA (Quality Education Investment Act), which stipulates that our academic classes max out at 25 students. The QEIA grant is set to expire in three years - at which point we will try to extend it for another few years.
 
9. Do the majority of your students go on to Magnet High Schools?
 
The answer to that question is yes and no. Many of our students go on to attend some of the best performing arts High Schools in LAUSD. For example, our students routinely attend Hollywood High School, LACHSA, Hamilton High School and Van Nuys performing art High School. While we are very proud of that, we are equally proud that many of our students go on to attend some of the best academic High Schools, such as Cleveland Humanities, North Hollywood Zoo Magnet, Polytechnic Math/Science and Granada Hills Charter.
 
10. What can you tell me about the teaching staff?
 
Pacoima Middle School’s teachers are second to none. We are proud to say that all of our teachers are NCLB compliant and state licensed. They are dedicated to the success of our students, evident by the 67 point increase of our students on the California state tests over the past two years!

11. Why should I send my child to your school?
 
We are the best kept secret in all of LAUSD! We have been doing this since 1979. If you want your child to be part of a thematically taught curriculum, where the academics are as high in quality as the productions, then Pacoima is the only choice. I urge you to take a tour of our beautiful campus. You will be impressed by our school grounds, our energetic students and our caring faculty.