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San Jose Highly Gifted Magnet

Los Angeles Unified School District

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    Welcome to San Jose Highly Gifted Magnet!

    San Jose Highly Gifted Magnet, located on the campus of San Jose Street Elementary in Mission Hills, gives children of extraordinary intelligence an opportunity to learn, grow and develop to their maximum potential. The Highly Gifted Magnet schools in Los Angeles are one of the few programs in the US designed for children with IQ of 145+.  These students have unique intellectual, social and emotional needs not addressed in regular “gifted” classrooms. San Jose HG Magnet brings together specialized teachers, challenging curriculum and compatible peers to ensure a meaningful education in a supportive environment.

    -Catherine Estrada, Principal

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    For current San Jose Street and Highly Gifted Magnet announcements, please visit

    update:  ONLINE ECHOICES APPLICATION window FOR HGM PROGRAMS  is april 5-16, 2021
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    Important Message about applying to san jose highly gifted magnet for the 2021-22 school year

    Due to school closures, the timeline for on-time Choices applications to a Highly Gifted Magnet Program has been pushed to April, 2021.  This extension has been provided to ensure equity for our District students since testing for the intellectual assessment was put on hold due to the pandemic.

    Please note that San Jose HGM, Eagle Rock HGM, Portola HGM and North Hollywood are not listed in the current eChoices brochure or listed on the echoices application website.  Parents will be able to apply to our school on the eChoices website starting in April, 2021.  

    San Jose HGM is committed to accepting highly gifted students up to our maximum capacity.

    Contact Olivia Diaz, the magnet coordinator, at for more information.

    Please complete this form if you are interested in applying to our program.  This form is not an official enrollment process.

    We are proud to announce that San Jose Street Elementary and Highly Gifted Magnet have been recognized as a 2020 California Distinguished School! 

    Intellectual assessment (NOTE: GATE testing as been temporarily suspended due to school closures)

    Current LAUSD students who exhibit gifted characteristics may be recommended by a parent, teacher, or other staff member for assessment.  Speak to the child's teacher or GATE Coordinator at your child's school regarding the referral process.

    To be eligible for the SJHGM program, which starts in second grade, a student be identified as highly gifted with a score of 99.9 on the intellectual test, or score 99.5-99.8 to be considered Highly Gifted applicable.

    Enrollment Capacity 

    80 Students





    Magnet Calendar

    Click here to visit the resident school website for school-wide calendar of events and general school information.


    Parents, this is an opportunity to give us input about how we are doing.  Complete your school experience survey today.  Once you complete the school experience survey, complete the additional link to enter your child in our Monday Assembly drawings.