High School and College Planning


If you are interested in applying for a Magnet, PWT, NCLB-Public School Choice Program for the next school year, the application usually opens in early October for a limited time. For more information, visit:    eChoices.lausd.net

CHOICES BROCHURES will be available in all LAUSD schools, Educational Service Centers, LAUSD Headquarters, Parent Community Services Branch (PCSB) and Los Angeles City Libraries. When the application time begins, it is important to note this year’s Application Deadline.

Reed Families are encouraged to fill out the application online, but we will have a limited amount of hard copies available in the Main Office. The Parent Center in Room 106 or Title I Office in Room 103 are available to assist families complete the application. Information will be come out about workshops to assist families fill out the application.  You may contact the Parent Center for more information.



Private School Applications:

If you are planning to apply to a private school for the 2017-2018 school year, please bring the following to Rm 108 or Main Office no later than Friday Dec. 09, 2016:

A completed transcript release form signed by parent

A stamped,  private school’s pre-addressed envelope OR a stamped, #10 white, legal size envelope addressed to the school to whom you are applying.

(NO brown or oversized envelopes will be accepted)

Please see Mrs. Lewis in Rm 108 if you have questions.

Principal’s Letter of Recommendation:

Please fill out the “Request to Speak with an Administrator” form in the Main Office and provide your email address.  Ms. Gamba will schedule a 15 minute interview via an online calendar invite.

Plan early!  Interviews take place before and after school only and time slots fill up fast.  No appointments will be scheduled after Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.

Please note that not all private High Schools require a principal recommendation.  For example, Notre Dame requests a recommendation from the English and Math teacher.



The Walter Reed PTSA Presents

“Meet the High Schools Night”

Wednesday, October 5th

5:00 pm-8:00pm

Featuring dozens of Magnet, Gifted, Charter, Public, Private, and Boarding Schools

Representatives from programs that have scholarships available for private school options

All parents and students welcome.

Please determine ahead of time which schools you prefer to visit during the 4 sessions.

Any questions, please contact Reed PTSA representative

Maribel Garcia at        balloonsontherun@aol.com

Choices Brochure

LAUSD/Student Integration Services 2017 – 2018 Magnet and Permits with Transportation (PWT) Applcation Period begins October 4, ends November 10, 2016. Apply online at eChoices.lausd.net.

Questions, please call 877-462-4798 or 213-241-4177.

Scholarship and High School Options

Archived: The following has been reposted from Reed Review Student News. We have kept articles pertaining to high school options that current parents may find informative.Reed student and parent contributions are welcome! Please email Debbie Vodhanel, SLC Office, Room 103 djv4258@lausd.net.

September 2016

Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship 2016

The Caroline D. Bradley (CDB) Scholarship is a national, merit-based award that pays for four years of private or alternative high school for sixteen rising 8th grade students selected from an applicant pool of several hundred gifted students throughout the country.  The Institute for Educational Advancement (www.educationaladvancement.org) works with the CDB Scholars and their families to discover the optimal high school match and placement of each individual, with ongoing support and guidance throughout the high school years and beyond.

One Reed student has been selected to be a Caroline D. Bradley Scholar more years than not, since the award’s conception. Jarett Malouf was Reed’s 2013 Caroline D. Bradley Scholar; Kathy Lee was Reed’s 2014 Caroline D. Bradley Scholar; last year Sarah Jung was our 2015 Caroline D. Bradley Scholar, and this year, So-Jung An is our 2016 Caroline D. Bradley scholar! Congratulations So-Jung! Maybe next year it will be you?

So-Jung has this to say about her achievement:

“I am incredibly honored to have been selected as a 2016 Caroline D. Bradley scholar, and so grateful to all of the lovely people at IEA. This scholarship is an opportunity that has not only opened many more doors for me, but also offers support that makes me that much more confident as a high school applicant. The people at IEA are all wonderful individuals who truly want to help you, and I am elated to become a member of such a supportive community! If you are asked for an interview, you should be very excited to meet some of the amazing people behind the organization. The interview was a great positive learning experience. For me, applying for the Caroline D. Bradley scholarship was a process that provided a chance for me to learn how to accurately express myself and my abilities. I am incredibly excited to work with IEA in the years to come.”

January 30, 2016

Tech Trek Science & Math Camp for 7th Grade Girls

American Association of University Woman is offering a week-long residential hands on science, technology, engineering, and math camp at UC Santa Barbara for current 7th grade girls. All girls attend camp during the summer, on sponsorship provided by the local American Association of University Woman. Students will be nominated by their Math and Science teacher and will be requested to complete an application and write an essay. American Association of University Woman members will select several candidates for interviews and campers will be chosen from that group. For more information contact ginnyaauw@gmail.com or 7th Grade Counselor Ms. Demus.

Meet the High Schools Night 2015

October 7, 2015
Walter Reed PTSA sponsored the annual Meet the High School Night Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from  5:00 – 8:00 pm. The evening featured over 40 public, magnet, gifted, charter, and private high schools. Reed families attended individual high school presentations during the program. Brochure can be downloaded below:
(new 2016 MTHSN Brochure coming soon!)

Going to Meet The High Schools Night was an amazing experience. The event started in the auditorium with an introduction. We were given a list of the schools, showing the location for each school’s presentation. It was my choice where to go, but I could only choose four schools. There were also food trucks and booths for people to buy snacks. My friend and I bought some fries, they were so yummy and tasty. When we went back to the auditorium, the first session had just started, and my choice to attend was North Hollywood High School SAS. I really liked the academic classes they provide, and I liked the fact that I still could be in an SAS program, just like I am at Walter Reed. I also liked Taft High School, because it also provides many clubs and sports which I love. There were many other good schools that came to Meet The High Schools Night, I just wish I could have see them all.

Many people helped set up this event. Maribel Garcia was the chairperson. PTSA volunteers were PTSA President Kim Shlesinger, Maura Ross, Sun Coe, Veronica Gonzalez, Carol Kiernan Convey, Kris Khoo, Sheila Edmiston, Jiean Park, Krystel Carrillo, Nancy Vasquez, Carmen, Patty Reyes, Alysa Prewitt, Cathlin Polvani, and Dan Riemer. Some school staff that provided security were Omar Ochoa, Mrs. Blanca, Mr. Torres, Ms.Maddie, Mr.Demski, and of course Ms. Gamba, our principal. The last set of volunteers that helped were all the California Cadets and Cadet Commander Mr. Gallagher.

One last thing: thank you to the volunteers, thank you for helping with this event. This event helped with some choices I have to make for myself, decisions that might impact my future. I want to be a social worker, so I want go to a good school, and be able to pursue my dreams.  –  Emily Guevara’18

Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship 2015

September 2015

The Caroline D. Bradley (CDB) Scholarship is a national, merit-based award that pays for four years of private or alternative high school for sixteen rising 8th grade students selected from an applicant pool of several hundred gifted students throughout the country.  The Institute for Educational Advancement (www.educationaladvancement.org) works with the CDB Scholars and their families to discover the optimal high school match and placement of each individual, with ongoing support and guidance throughout the high school years and beyond.

One Reed student has been selected to be a Caroline D. Bradley Scholar more years than not, since the award’s conception. Jarett Malouf was Reed’s 2013 Caroline D. Bradley Scholar; last year Kathy Lee was Reed’s 2014 Caroline D. Bradley Scholar; this year Sarah Jung is our 2015 Caroline D. Bradley Scholar. Congratulations Sarah! Maybe next year it will be you?

Sarah has this to say about her achievement:

“I feel like applying for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’m glad I carried through with the application, because it allowed me to convey my thoughts and passions, my dreams and aspirations, and most importantly, my authentic self, on paper. I am honored to have been chosen as a scholar, and very grateful to the people behind the organization. The scholarship opens up so many avenues for me as a high school applicant, and I feel so privileged to be able to depend on IEA’s support throughout my application process to high schools. If you are selected as a finalist and asked for an interview, you have nothing to be nervous about. Instead, you should be thrilled, because you’ll be meeting with unbelievably kind and lovely people who just want to get to know you on a more personal level. The interview actually turned out to be my favorite part of the application. To anyone who may want to apply this year, the important thing to keep in mind is to try to convey as much of YOU as you can in your application. Best of luck!”

A Better Chance (ABC) Scholarship Program

 Founded in 1963, A Better Chance (ABC) is a national organization that has aided more than 12,000 students of color with summer opportunities, high school placement, new scholar orientation, leadership development, college awareness, career readiness, and Parents-as-Partners. 98% of the alumni report that A Better Chance (ABC) has had a positive impact on their lives. Two-thirds of their alumni keep in contact with each other and with the organization. 53% of their alumni have earned a professional or graduate post-college degree.

Hayeon Kayla Lee is a current 8th grader at Reed who is also a current ABC Scholar. Congrats Hayeon! Hayeon has this to say about her experience applying for ABC: “It may seem scary at first, due to competing with all the kids from California who are just as motivated as you! The first advice I would give, would be to try ABC out. A Better Chance helped me prep for how to act, and gave me advice about what to do for high school. By becoming a Better Chance Scholar, I learned what to expect for my future and how to overcome hurdles of life when I come across them.”

For more information please visit abetterchance.org.


Jack Kent Cooke Award 2014

Two Reed students won this prestigious award in 2014: Hangyu Lyna Kim and Hayeon Kayla Lee. Congratulations to you both!

Hangyu writes: “Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program selects around 65 scholars each year. The award is meant to value the kind of person you are, not necessarily just your inborn talents. The support is intended to develop your character. I am honored to have been chosen. Academic support for us starts in the summer of 8th grade, and continues until the conclusion of high school. The support includes financial aid as well as an “Educational Advisor” to give personal support and advice. The admissions officers at Jack Kent Cooke are looking for many things: passion, curiosity, integrity, and the ability to adapt. What they are NOT looking for is an impressive record of winning awards. All you need to show them is that you make the best of what you are given, and remain optimistic throughout. For me, Jack Kent Cooke means that I can pursue my interests, wherever they may lead. If you are thinking of applying for this award next year, I feel that as long as you show them what you believe is important to you – your values – and honestly represent the experiences that have changed you, the officers at Jack Kent Cooke will connect with you.”

Hayeon adds: “Although thousands of applicants try out for this scholarship, you shouldn’t be scared: be a risk taker. Luckily, for the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship, you learn even if you don’t “win”. The Jack Kent Cooke application develops your writing skill and organization so that you are fully prepared when high school applications come around, and even college applications! For me, the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program is a place to try out new things and always try my best!”


Reed Student Awarded Disney Grant for Global Youth Service Day 2015

April 8, 2015
Laurent Chang’15 has been awarded a Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant through Youth Services America (YSA). The grant will support Chang in leading a community service project for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD).  Chang is one of 125 children and teens across the country who were awarded grants to support projects that make a positive, lasting change in the world.  “Laurent is a true Friend for Change,” said Steven A. Culbertson, president and CEO of YSA: “He has found his voice, and is taking action to make an impact on the vital community issue of bilingual career mentorship. We are so proud of his creativity and leadership.” Congrats Laurent!
Disney Friends for Change and Youth Service America provide grants to support youth-service projects in communities around the world. More information can be found at www.YSA.org and www.GYSD.org.

NoHo Arts District Creative Writing Essay Winner 2015
Congrats also to Bradley Tavien’15, one of  6 winners of the  North Hollywood Arts District “Fingerprints” creative writing contest . Tavien’s winning essay can currently be found at www.forksntheroad.com.  “Fingerprints” is a community art project which will convert one of North Hollywood’s largest billboards into a brand new mural that celebrates the history and vitality of the NoHo Arts District. Imagery from Tavien’s essay will be used in this mural, which will be located at the crossroads of Vineland, Lankershim, and Camarillo/Riverside Drive.


Highland Hall Waldorf School ScholarshipHighland Hall Waldorf School in Northridge has opened its scholarship application process for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students of Excellence Merit Scholarship will be awarded to five students with financial need who demonstrate high achievement in academics, music, arts, leadership/community service or athletics. The scholarship covers full tuition for the academic year. To learn more, please contact Highland Hall Waldorf School.

High School Programs: Student Reviews

LAUSD Cleveland and North Hollywood Highly Gifted Magnets

The Cleveland Humanities Magnet and the North Hollywood Highly Gifted Magnet are both magnet programs in LAUSD and relatively close to Walter Reed that have a unique set of opportunities for those that seek an atmosphere similar to that of Walter Reed’s for their high school experience.
The Cleveland Humanities Magnet centers its approach on learning in the humanities, through emphasis in the subjects of English, Philosophy/Art, and History. It integrates its learning by organization of the curriculum through units whose topics are taught in all of the classes. For exams, students are required to write essays that synthesize information from all of the classes, even science, on the unit given. If you are interested in a program that requires you to think critically and requires contribution of your ideas to the classroom discussion, this program is for you.
The North Hollywood Highly Gifted Magnet is a traditional magnet program that places equal emphasis in both the humanities and STEM subjects. It is very academically rigorous, requiring you to take four AP classes from 9th grade, and also offers a wide variety of extracurriculars in athletics, music, speech, debate, and robotics. If you are willing to put in the effort required for this program, and are an academically well-rounded student, this program is for you.
When you apply for both of these schools on LAUSD’s eChoices website, you must designate whether the schools are your first or second priority. It is important to note that, if you are applying to both these schools, you will be given lesser priority as an applicant from the school that you designate as your second choice.
Tiffany Chang’15

Phillip Exeter Academy Presentation November 2014

(Note:Michael Gary, Director of Admissions at Phillips Exeter Academy, a coed boarding school in New Hampshire, was here at Reed to meet with any students who wanted to know more about boarding school and summer school; options at Exeter.)

On October 14, 2014, Reed students were invited to a presentation given by Michael Gary, Director of Admissions at the Phillips Exeter Academy, which is a nationally ranked boarding school for grades 9-12 in New Hampshire. Mr. Gary informed students about what distinguishes Phillips Exeter from other schools, and answered students’ questions about life at boarding school. On behalf of the Reed Review, I was fortunate enough to ask some questions about the admissions process, and what Phillips Exeter looks for in its students.

How to Apply:

Every year, Exeter receives about 2,300 applications from all over the world. There are 30 people in the admissions committee, and 3 people are assigned to read each application, grading it on a scale of 1 to 5. At the end of this grading of applications that takes 2 stages, 400 students with the highest ranked applications are invited to attend. The materials looked at in the application are teacher recommendations, recommendations from an extracurricular activities coach/coordinator, student essays (written about prompts posted on the website in the admissions section), report cards, an interview, and a school report to be completed by your counselor or principal. The applications are to be completed online, and can be accessed at the school website: www.exeter.edu/admissions.

Financial Aid:

Although the tuition for Exeter is 46,905 per year, Mr. Gary made it clear that financial reasons should not deter a student from applying. About 45% of Exeter’s students are on financial aid, and if you are accepted and your family makes less than 75,000 per year, all of the tuition is paid for by the school. And even if students are not eligible for a complete scholarship, the school has 19 million dollars to give out in financial aid this year, so students can still receive partial scholarships. Mr. Gary assured that because so many students receive financial aid, coming to the school on scholarship will not cause you to be looked upon by the other students. The School and Student Services organization based in Princeton, New Jersey evaluates your family’s financial need for you, and gives this information to Exeter to allow it to determine the right amount of financial support for you and your family.

Exeter’s Criteria:

Exeter looks for 3 things in students who have applied to Exeter in determining if they will thrive in the community: academic motivation, maturity and independence of character (or time management skills), and passions outside of school. The most important factor, however, is academic motivation, which is shown through your report card and your teacher recommendations. If you are the type of student that comes to school eager to participate in class discussions, work collaboratively with peers, and show respect towards your teachers, and are willing to do the work it takes at home to keep your grades up, then this should not be a problem. As Exeter mostly considers report cards with As or Bs, it is important to study hard throughout the school year. The second most important factor in your application is determining if you are the type of student that has enough maturity to effectively manage your own time and live independently. If you fit this criterion, it should be evident in both the teacher recommendations and in the interview, which can be arranged via the website. The interview is an important part of the admissions process because it lets the admissions office at Exeter know what you are like. So don’t be nervous, and try to talk to your interviewer the way you would talk to a parent about what happened at school, a teacher when you are called on to participate in class, or a friend in a conversation about mutual interests you share. Highlight what you can bring to the table, and what you do best in order to make your interview truly stand out. Lastly, Exeter does consider extracurricular activities you are interested in to see what talents you can share with the school: however, this is an ancillary concern and comes after the consideration of grades and personal maturity. These activities might be athletics such as baseball, tennis, or swimming, or academic, like debate, or MathCounts.

Summer Program:

If you are interested in going to Exeter, or just want to see what life in boarding school is like, Exeter offers a summer school program for 8th graders going into 9th grade and 7th graders going into 8th grade. You also have to apply for this program, and financial aid is available. For more information, go to www.exeter.edu and click on Summer Programs.

Tiffany Chang’15


University Talent Searches 

The primary goal of Talent Searches is to discover students who are exceptionally able academically in order to provide opportunities that encourage them to excel. Please call for starting dates, costs, and deadlines

  • PACE and ACE
    California State University, Los Angeles offers gifted and talented students grades 9-12 the opportunity to take college courses for credit (323) 343-3131.
  • UCI Academic Talent Search and Summer Enrichment Program
    Gifted and Talented students grades 6-10 may take pre-college class and/or boost test taking skills (949) 824-5069. The ATS program identifies extraordinary mathematical and/or verbal reasoning abilities, assists participants in their placement in pre-college programs, and offers information and materials which will aid parents and educators of high-ability students. The program also offers an opportunity to sharpen students’ test-taking skills in preparation for the SAT and PSAT. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with these reasoning-ability tests and learn strategies for taking them well in advance. ATS applications are accepted at UCI. Call the UCI ATS Office at (949) 824-5069 for information on eligibility and cost or visit the website at www.cfep.uci.edu
  • The Johns Hopkins University Elementary Students Talent Search
    Gifted and Talented students grades 2, 3, & 4 are identified with exceptional mathematical and/or verbal reasoning abilities. The Talent Search identifies students of exceptional mathematical and/or verbal reasoning ability. Talent Search is a two-step process. The first step identifies students who have scored at or above the 97th percentile on a national standardized, achievement or aptitude test, such as the Stanford Achievement Test. The second step asks identified students to take an above grade level test. The Scholastic Assessment Test (S.A.T.) is given to seventh and eighth grade students. The Plus Academic Abilities Assessment Test is given to fifth and sixth grade students. Summer programs are
    offered based on qualifying scores to either the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) or the Center for Academic Advancement.  Limited scholarships may be available. For more information, contact the Johns Hopkins University, (310) 754-4100 or visit the website at www.jhu.edu/gifted
    E-mail: iaay.programsinfo@jhu.edu