King/Drew Magnet High School Of Medicine And Science

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The CHOICES application and brochure are available at beginning October 4th. The paper application is available at any LAUSD school or local library thereafter, and both are due Thursday, November 10, 2016, 5:00 P.M. to Student Integration Services: 333 S. Beaudry Ave., 16th Floor. Online applicants can print and receive their confirmation immediately. Students are selected with a priority point system for magnet schools based on the Court Order to address the five harms of racial isolation: low academic achievement, overcrowded conditions, interracial hostility and intolerance, lack of access to post-secondary opportunities, and low self-esteem. 



Applications for the Magnet program not postmarked or received by the Los Angeles Unified School District by Thursday, November 10, 2016 5:00 P.M. are considered late. Applications received after the deadline do not receive priority points, will be used once the wait list is exhausted, and are only considered if space is available. You may complete an application at



Ten percent of our total enrollment is accepted from the Compton Unified School District based on an agreement between the late Kenneth Hahn and the Los Angeles Unified School District in exchange for the land on which our school is built.  This year, Compton residents complete a separate application which is available online beginning February 1, 2017 and is due to LAUSD’s Student Integration Services on Friday, February 10, 2017 5:00 P.M. You can access the application by going to  Compton Unified requires that applicants submit their fall final report card with their application, and they will contact you for this information.



Transportation is provided for LAUSD students when they apply for the Magnet Program which is part of the CHOICES application and brochure.  Transportation is provided for LAUSD applicants if they reside outside a five-mile radius or outside the magnet school attendance boundary, whichever is farther. Compton residents are not eligible for transportation.



  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016 -- 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon beginning in the KDMHS Lecture Hall.
  • Monday, November 7, 2016 -- 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. beginning in the KDMHS Lecture Hall.
  • Contact us at (323) 566-0420 to schedule a private tour.


Contact: Ms. Tabitha Thigpen, Magnet Coordinator, email:



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Improving Education: A View from King/Drew Magnet High School 


The Magnet Program began in 1981 and King/Drew was the first medical magnet, founded in 1982. We are located at 1601 East 120th Street at the corner of Compton Avenue, adjacent to Charles R. Drew University and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital and Outpatient Center.
We are a full magnet program with approximately 1,600 students, and we follow the UC/CSU A-G requirements; our students’ electives reflect the theme of our magnet, medicine and science. Students take four years of math, English, and science. We require three years of the same foreign language and recommend that students take four.
90% of our graduates go on to post-high school education with 70% attending four-year universities that include Princeton and Dartmouth, Spelman and Morehouse, UCLA and CSU Dominguez Hills, and other private and public colleges. Our students received 6.2 million dollars in merit based scholarships last year and achieved a 100% graduation rate.