King/Drew Magnet High School Of Medicine And Science

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The CHOICES application and brochure are available at beginning October 1st. The paper application is available at any LAUSD school or local library thereafter, and both are due Friday, November 15, 2019, 5:00 P.M. to Los Angeles Unified School District, Student Integration Services, 333 S. Beaudry Ave., 25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Online applicants can print, receive their confirmation immediately, and make changes to their application up to the deadline. 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 postsecondary opportunities, and low self-esteem. 



Applications for the Magnet Program not postmarked or received by the Los Angeles Unified School District by Friday, November 15, 2019 5:00 P.M. are considered late. Applications received after the deadline do not receive priority points, will be used once the waitlist is exhausted, and are only considered if space is available.



The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), in cooperation with the Compton Unified School (CUSD), offers a limited number of 9th grade openings at King/Drew Magnet HS of Medicine and Science.  These openings are ONLY available to residents of CUSD.

If you are interested in having your child participate in the program, please complete the Choices application.  Complete the application with King/Drew Magnet HS as the only choice. Students applying to the program must submit a transcript which includes the report card from their current CUSD School or private school for the first semester of 8th grade.  Report cards may be submitted via mail to Los Angeles Unified School District, Student Integration Services, 333 S. Beaudry Ave., 25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017, or via email to to the attention of Compton/King Drew Application. It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to ensure that the application/report card is received by February 1, 2020.  The information submitted will be verified with CUSD.  CUSD resident students who are selected for the King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science are not eligible for transportation.  If you have questions regarding the program, please call Student Integration Services at (213) 241-4177.



ON-TIME is from October 1 – November 15, 2019

Transcripts are due no later than February 1, 2020 for CUSD applicants.

The Portal will open for LATE Applications will begin on February 1, 2020.



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 6, 2019-- 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon beginning in the KDMHS Lecture Hall.
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 -- 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. beginning in the KDMHS Lecture Hall.
  • Friday, March 20, 2020-- 7th Grade School Tours - MS Sign-ups  
  • Contact us at (323) 566-0420 to schedule a private tour.


U.S. Department of Education spotlight, use link to watch

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



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


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.
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 $8 million in merit-based scholarships and University grants last year and achieved a 99% graduation rate.
The Medicine and Science Careers Program has been the centerpiece of our school’s curriculum since its establishment. Our program provides a unique opportunity for students to access experience-based learning in environments including hospitals, clinics, research laboratories, and university facilities.  Additionally, students actively develop connections with experts and professionals throughout the community, both locally and globally.
We currently have partnerships with the UCLA Medical Center, Charles R. Drew University, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Ambulatory Care Center, the Watts Healthcare Corporation, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Clinic.