FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
How do I apply to the Academy?
Students are admitted through the LAUSD Choices process and auditions.
When is the deadline for the next school year?
LAUSD Choices applications are due in December for the upcoming year. Specific dates and more information coming soon.
If I missed the deadline, can I still apply?
Late applications are considered on a first come basis.
I don't have any magnet points. What can I do?
Eighty percent of students are admitted through the LAUSD Choices process. Twenty percent are admitted through audition and placement.
Can I audition for a spot?
Auditions are held every spring for admission and fall for placement. Learn more.
How are the academics in the Academy?
AMPA is proud to offer a full traditional academic curriculum with outstanding honors and AP classes. AMPA students can choose from all the AP’s offered, join any club, and can also take classes after school through the on-campus West LA College program or through any other accredited community college. A recent Hami valedictorian was in the Academy (AMPA) and she was accepted into Stanford University.
How separate is the Academy from the rest of Hamilton High School?
AMPA is an integral part of the larger campus and one of six small learning communities. Our principal, Ms. Brenda Pensamiento, is passionate about creating a unified “Hami” school culture.
Where are all the kids coming from?
Students come from a variety of LA’s public, private and independent middle schools and many zip codes. Students come as far away as the valley and South LA to come to AMPA at Hamilton.
I don't play an instrument or sing or dance or do theater. Could I still apply?
Yes. There are many opportunities to get involved with the performing arts at AMPA! Read through the different departments to learn more.
Is the campus safe?
Yes! More information coming soon.
Are there buses?
Yes, AMPA is an LAUSD magnet with transportation. If you live within 5 miles, the student probably won’t qualify for a school bus, but many of our students take public transportation. Students can apply for a student TAP card, which provides highly discounted rates on all LA Metro county bus and metro systems.
Where do your alumni go to college or what do they do after graduation?
Most of our students go to college and some choose to work in their chosen profession. Learn more about our recent grads!
What special opportunities are there for Academy students?
Our students are invited to participate in many competitions, performances, workshops, and events with organizations such as Cinemagic, the Academy Awards, the Wallis Theater, and more. Stay tuned and watch our News page for more information.
When are we notified about admission?
Students usually receive notification by email and mail in April. Students who audition in January usually are notified sooner.
When are placement auditions?
Auditions are usually held in January. Learn more here.