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High School Choice

Have You Moved?

Did your family move recently? Do you have a new phone? Parents, please notify us of changes.  You can update the information yourself through ParentVUE (click the "Student Info" tab on the left side, then click "Edit Information").  Or, stop by our Counseling Office and complete a new Emergency Card to make the change.

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Site Nights Begin Final Countdown to High-School Choice

For eighth graders across Long Beach Unified School District, the race is on to apply to and be accepted by a high school program that fits their personal and career interests.

Of course, every student is entitled to priority admission to their neighborhood “school of residence,” the high school that most closely serves the area where they live. 

Neighborhood Boundaries Not Sole Determinant

However, students may also apply to schools of choice outside their neighborhood.  In fact, several LBUSD schools—McBride, CAMS, and Renaissance—have no neighborhood boundaries at all. 

Furthermore, a number of specialized Pathway programs (small learning communities), available at various schools in the District, have minimum academic entrance requirements, and competitive admission.

Time For Decision Drawing Near

The bottom line?  High School Choice 2015-16 is in its final stretch, leading to December 14, when the Application Window opens, and ending on January 13, the last day for filing applications.

Meanwhile,  for prospective students and their families, LBUSD high schools have issued one final open invitation to visit campus, to meet school personnel, and to collect data, at special “Site Nights” scheduled over the next three weeks,

The Site Nights are mostly in the evening, but note Cabrillo has a “Site Morning” planned for Saturday, Dec. 5 (see table below). 

Note:  click to view the Downloadable District Map (right-click same link to save).  For comparison data and links to school websites, click the "High School Choice" banner at right.

Benefits:  A More Comfortable Transition

If you have already decided which High School you would like to attend, the Site Night gives you an opportunity to visit, to meet staff members, and to begin to imagine yourself as a high school student there and (eventually!) a graduate.

If you haven’t yet decided on a High School, your Site Night experience can provide you and your family very valuable input to help you make your decision.  How easy or difficult is getting to this school, for you?  What does the school look like?  Who are some of the people working there?

And think of this--when the first day of school arrives, if you've been to the Site Night, not everything will be new and strange.  You'll already be an old hand getting to your new school.  You've been there before!

Site Night Schedule 2015-16


Date Time


Mon. Nov. 16 6:00-8:00 pm

Sato Academy
1100 Iroquois Avenue / Long Beach CA 90815

Tue. Nov. 17 6:00-8:00 pm

L. B. Poly
1600 Atlantic Avenue / Long Beach CA 90813

Wed. Nov. 18 5:30-8:00 pm

4400 E. 10th Street / Long Beach CA 90813

Thurs. Nov. 19 6:00-8:00 pm

Renaissance HS for the Arts
235 E. 8th Street / Long Beach CA 90813

Tue. Dec. 1 6:00-8:00 pm

4400 Briercrest Avenue / Lakewood CA 90713

Wed. Dec. 2 6:00-8:00 pm

2800 Snowden Avenue / Long Beach CA 90815

Thurs. Dec. 3 6:00-8:00 pm

2001 Santa Fe Ave. / Long Beach CA 90810

Sat. Dec. 5 9:00 am–noon

6500 Atlantic Ave. / Long Beach CA 90805

Tue. Dec. 8 5:30-7:00 pm

(Note: Click the addresses above to see a Google map.)

Can You Say 'Baroque'?

Meeting Orchestral Musicians In Person

Chorus students from Hamilton Middle School, along with many students and parents from Jordan High School, recently attended a special performance of the Musica Angelica ‘Baroque’ orchestra at The Center Theatre in Long Beach.


The professional musicians in Musica Angelica play traditional instruments from the Baroque period.  Baroque, pronounced "ba-roke", is the style of art, building, and music that was popular in Europe from the 1580s until around 1750.  The instruments played during this period include the Baroque guitar "theorbo", harpsichord, and string instruments using gut strings and Baroque style bows.  A few unusual wind instruments, such as crumhorns, recorders, and the oboe d'amore, were played during this period as well.

Musica Angelica is newly based in Long Beach, yet have toured the US, Mexico, Europe, and South America, and have also recorded several albums (read more about them in Wikipedia).  On Saturday, September 26th, Hamilton students were the first in Long Beach Unified School District to be invited to attend a Musica Angelica concert for free. Musica Angelica plans to invite other middle schools and high schools to attend soon.

Hamilton kids met and talked personally with artists such as first chair violinist Ilia Korol, a musician from Vienna, Italy.  Hamilton concertgoer Alexis Salazar, 6th grade, said, "My favorite part was when they were talking about the  instruments." Sixth grader Lydia Graciano added, "I especially liked when they were dancing with the music, as if they were telling stories!" 

Gissele Campos, 6th grade, said "This was a really great way to show kids how music was in the past!"  And 8th-grader Noemi Jimenez said, “It truly was an exciting performance. I hope more Hamilton students choose to attend a concert like this in the future.”

For her part, Hamilton chorus teacher Mrs. Ibarra said, “I think the Musica Angelica concert was great and fantastic. It was an amazing experience.”  Musica Angelica has a number of videos on YouTube, she said.  "Just search for Musica Angelica and enjoy!"

Welcome Students and Parents, 2015-2016

Yes, there IS a difference between SchoolLoop and ParentVue.  And you want both! 

To get started on the right foot for 2015-2016, all Hamilton parents and students should register with both SchoolLoop and ParentVue.

Here's why, and how.  These academic websites provide the following kinds of support:

  • SchoolLoop helps you keep on top of your students' grades and stay in touch with your child's teachers.  It provides a special private way to contact your students' teachers by email.  It also lets you see what assignments your student is working on, what work is missing, and your child's quiz and test grades.
  • ParentVue lets parents review their child's year to year and school to school progress, track steps towards high school graduation, and update contact information (address and phone numbers).  Plus--this is really important--students use ParentVue to make their high school choice selection when they finish Eighth Grade!

If you have previously registered on both systems, great! Parents, please take a moment to confirm that you can log in to both sites:  SchoolLoop and ParentVue.  [Note:  Student information is not visible on SchoolLoop until after classes begin.]

If you've forgotten your password for either site, it's easy to recover.  Go to the parent login screen of either SchoolLoop or ParentVue.  Click the "Forgotten password" link.  Provide your email address and the information you need will automatically be emailed to you.

A.  Sign up for SchoolLoop

To gain access to SchoolLoop student assignment tracking, you need:

  1. Your student's ID number, and 
  2. A valid email address.

With that information available, click for next steps:  

B.  Register with ParentVue

To gain access to ParentVue's graduation-planning features, you need:

  1. A working email account of your own.  Do not use your students' email account.  [Note:  For advice on setting up a free email account, see the link below.]
  2. Your student's school ID number.
  3. Your student's date of birth.  

With that information available, click for next steps:

We will gladly help you individually with SchoolLoop and ParentVue registration issues.  Please drop by to see us during school hours.


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