Application Window for the 2023-24 School Year Opens on Friday, September 30, 2022
Student applications for the 2023-24 school year are accepted beginning Friday, September 30, 2022. Applications will need to be submitted online through SchoolMint using the links below. If more applications are received during the application lottery window (September 30, 2022--February 10, 2023, at 11:00 pm) than available seats for the 2023-24 school year, an open enrollment lottery will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 9:00 am.
Beginning September 30, 2022, please apply online:
*Select Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School to apply to Stern MASS.
Information Sessions will be held on the following dates:
Friday, October 14, 2022 at 5:00 pm - Registration link
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 5:00 pm - Registration link
Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 5:00 pm - Registration link
A student enrollment lottery will be held on the following date if more applications are received than available seats:
Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 9:00 am - Zoom Registration Link Coming Soon
* Applicants do not need to be present at the lottery. All applicants will be informed whether students have been accepted or placed on the waiting list after the enrollment lottery has been conducted.
If you have any questions about the application process for Stern MASS, please contact the Main Office at the phone number at the bottom of this page.
Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School (Stern MASS) is a free, public charter school that was authorized by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Stern MASS admits students who wish to attend as outlined in Education Code section 47605(b)(5)(H). Admission to Stern MASS is not determined according to the place of residence of the student, or of the student’s parent, within California.
Student enrollment by law is open to all students in the state of California. The intent of Stern MASS is to serve students living in and attending schools within the community. Marketing is targeted to students residing in the community or attending schools in the community served, which includes primarily LAUSD residents. Enrollment is monitored to insure that, to the fullest extent possible, students enrolled reflect the diversity of the community through advertising the school throughout this targeted community.
Stern MASS shall not require a parent/legal guardian/student to provide information regarding a student's disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, legal or economic status, primary language or English Learner status, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal Code or any other information that would violate federal or state law, prior to admission, participation in any admissions or attendance lottery, or pre-enrollment event or process, or as a condition of admissions or enrollment.
Students with Disabilities
Stern MASS welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The Stern MASS special education program is designed to support students with disabilities. Students who may benefit from our program include, advanced learners, children with specific learning disabilities, or any other variation that calls for assessment, intervention or other individualized program development. The Stern MASS special education program focuses on inclusive and collaborative models of service delivery. The law requires that, to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities be educated with abled peers in "the least restrictive environment," and Stern MASS works collaboratively with parents, students, staff, and LAUSD to meet these requirements.
Families interested in Stern MASS typically apply during the applicant's 8th grade year. The student application deadline varies annually. The deadline for applications to be included in the enrollment lottery for the 2022-2023 school year is February 11, 2022, at 11:00 pm. If by the posted lottery deadline, the number of students applying for admission exceeds the capacity of the school enrollment, except for existing students of the school, siblings of those students, and employee's children, enrollment is determined by a public random drawing of all applications submitted for seats available and to establish the order of students on a waiting list. Should the applications received at the time of the deadline not exceed space available, all applicants are accepted for enrollment.
Once the enrollment capacity is reached, as vacancies occur spaces are filled from the waiting list by grade level, on a first come, first served basis by the date the application was received, unless there is a lottery. If there is a lottery, spaces that come available are filled first by applicants with a currently enrolled sibling, then by children by current employees, then by the order the application is drawn for applicants residing within Los Angeles Unified School District boundaries, and then by the order the application is drawn for applicants residing outside of LAUSD boundaries. In this instance, parents are contacted by email and/or text messaging by designated office staff. Parents have 5 days to respond in person or by phone to the designated contact person. Frequently Asked Questions about the Lottery and Waitlist may be found here.
Transportation is the parental responsibility for families who choose to attend Stern MASS. Stern MASS does not provide transportation for students from home to school or school to home, except in instances of compliance with the American with Disabilities Act and the McKinney-Vento Act with regard to providing transportation to eligible students. Stern MASS also has a potential responsibility to provide transportation to eligible students pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). For extracurricular activities, such as field trips, the school contracts for transportation with a licensed contractor.
Transfer Students and Course Credits
Stern MASS is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS-WASC). For students transferring into Stern MASS, course credits will be accepted from accredited high schools. Courses with "D" letter grades will need to be retaken to meet Stern MASS's "a-g" graduation requirement. For students transferring from Stern MASS, Stern MASS course credits will be accepted in California public high schools.