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Magnet application window for 2024-25 school year now open

Submit an application by Jan. 5, 2024, to be considered for one of the five elementary magnet schools, by Dec. 15, 2023 for Valley Middle School of STEM, and by Dec. 22, 2023 for the School of Environmental Studies (SES High School)

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Upcoming Dates at Echo Park

No School - Staff Development Day Dec. 1st 

No School - Winter Break:  December 25 – January 2

No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day:  January 15

No School - Data Analysis Day:  January 19


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Formerly known as the Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program, approved applications are more than just for meals but also provide your school with critical funding. 

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Welcome to Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering, and Technology!

We are a District 196 STEM magnet school where students are empowered to wonder, explore, create, and lead.

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A School of Leadership, Engineering & Technology

Through the use of our Design Process students learn to wonder, explore, create, and lead every day!


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District 196 is accepting applications from families interested in having their students attend a magnet school in the 2024-25 school year. The deadlines to submit applications are Jan. 5 for the five elementary magnet schools, Dec. 15 for Valley Middle School of STEM and Dec. 22 for the School of Environmental Studies optional high school for juniors and seniors.

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Two District 196 elementary magnet schools have been selected for recognition in Magnet Schools of America’s 2023 Merit Awards program. Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology is being recognized as a School of Distinction and Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science is one of only 24 schools in the nation to be selected a Top School of Excellence.