About the Sylmar High Magnet

Sylmar High School
Math, Science, & Technology Magnet
(818) 833-3776
13050 Borden Avenue
Sylmar, CA 91342
 
Welcome to the the Sylmar High Math Science Technology Magnet and thank you for visiting our page! The Sylmar High Math Science Technology Magnet opened September 13, 1994. We have 458 students who travel to Sylmar from various parts of the city.  A nurturing atmosphere, dedicated staff, small classes, and a friendly student body contribute to our students' success. 85% of our graduates attend four year universities immediately after high school. 15% attend two year colleges. Please visit the University Acceptance link to the right to see a list of universities that have accepted our students.
 
We were honored to be selected as one of the Nation's top High Schools by US News and World Report. We were selected because of our high graduation rate, excellent test score, wide variety of Advanced Placement Classes and high number of students prepared to attend universities.  
 
 
If you are interested in learning more about the Magnet School, please see below and visit the various pages on our website. We encourage you to drop by the Magnet Office for more information and a tour. Our, you can call the Manet School Coordinator, Debbie Steinert at (818) 833-3776. We are located in room 46.  You can also download our brochure and course information
 
You must apply to the magnet school through the online application at echoices.lausd.net.  The deadline for returning the application is November 9 for the 2018-2019 school year.  Parents will be notified about magnet selection in April.  The website for Los Angeles Unified School District's Magnet Application can  be found by clicking on "Links" to the right.  More information can be found on the Magnet Application Page to your right. 
 
 
Vision Statement

The Sylmar High School Magnet is committed to providing a rigorous academic program that successfully prepares our students for selective universities. This is done in a close-knit, family environment that provides support for academic success and social responsibility. Math and Science will be integrated across the content areas.

 

Mission Statement

The Sylmar High School Math Science Technology Magnet will:

  • develop students who are critical thinkers and who possess the necessary skills to be effective communicators.
  • provide a variety of differentiated learning experiences to meet each student's needs.
  • provide the academic, emotional, social, and multi-cultural environment needed to give students a positive image of themselves.
  • encourage students to lead productive adult lives.
  • encourage students to apply their talents in service to others.
  • involve all stakeholders in the decision-making process.

 

Belief Statement

The Sylmar High School Math Science Technology Magnet staff, students and parents believe that:

  • all students have a right to receive a quality education.
  • a quality education can only occur when there is support, commitment, and cooperative interaction among stakeholders.
  • school must be a safe and pleasant place where values of trust, fairness, and mutual respect are part of the school.
  • our students can meet or exceed the standards on all Common Core assessments.
  • students will employ systematic methods in written and oral communication, and in critical thinking and decision making strategies.
  • students who complete the magnet curriculum will be competitive at ANY college or university.  

 

Our faculty is committed to instructional excellence without losing sight of our students' individual needs. Instructors work closely with each other to reinforce concepts learned in all disciplines.  We develop well rounded students who excel in academics and leadership qualities. To prepare for work at the university level, students complete research projects and reports in all academic subjects. Students are required to take both Math and Science classes each year.  A detailed description of the Magnet School can be viewed by clicking on this document: Sylmar High Magnet Annual Evaluation 16-17

  
We are very proud of our 2017 SBAC scores!  Our scores continue to rise.  This table contains the scores for English and math, as well as a combined total that was used to rank the schools on the list.  The test is taken by all 11th grade students in the state.  This list is a comparison to the most popular schools in our neighborhood and surrounding communities, as well as the LAUSD Magnet average LAUSD High School Average and State average for high school. 

SCHOOL
English
Meets/Exceeds
Math
Meets/Exceeds

Combined
SYLMAR MST MAGNET  79% 59% 138
VALLEY ALTERNATIVE MAGNET 77% 58% 135
SOCES MAGNET 82% 52% 134
KENNEDY GIFT/MED MAGNET  89% 43% 132
GRANADA HILLS CHARTER 79% 53% 132
MONROE LAW MAGNET 84% 47% 131
COMMUNITY PUC CHARTER  77% 45% 122
High School Magnet Average*  75% 45% 120
KENNEDY ARCH MAGNET 87% 32% 119
LAKEVIEW PUC CHARTER  74% 35% 109
TAFT CHARTER HS 68% 38% 106
VALLEY ACAD ARTS/SCI 76% 27% 103
VAUGHN CHARTER 74% 29% 103
MONROE POLICE MAGNET 73% 27% 100
TRIUMPH PUC CHARTER 65% 30% 95
CHAVEZ HUMANITAS 66% 27% 93
State Average for High Schools 60% 32% 92
CHAVEZ ARTES MAGNET 66% 24% 90
CHAVEZ ACAD of SCIENCE EXPLORATION 61% 18% 79
LAUSD High School Average  54% 24% 78
ARLETA HIGH 57% 20% 77
CHAVEZ TEACHER PREP 60% 6% 66
DISCOVERY CHARTER 39% 10% 49
SUN VALLEY MAGNET MAGNETS 26% 19% 45
SYLMAR BIOTECH ACAD 38% 4% 39
 
Although academics are our primary concern, we feel it is important for our students to develop a sense of social responsibility and to learn to make ethical decisions. To facilitate the development of these traits, our staff uses a thematic approach in the delivery of our curriculum. In each grade level, our students investigate the impact of technological advancement on society and the environment. Students are challenged to use critical thinking skills and effective problem solving skills to evaluate technological and scientific advancements. The students then apply their knowledge in simulated “real world” experiences such as conducting science experiments, writing political policy papers, mock trials and community service projects.
 
In addition to a challenging curriculum, all magnet students are encouraged to participate in extra curricular activities. Our school works hard to develop well rounded students who not only excel in academics but in leadership qualities as well. A wide variety of clubs and activities are available to our students. The Magnet School also sponsors activities that encourage community involvement and civic responsibility.
 
We are interested in students who:
Are self motivated
Are intellectually curious
Want to improve leadership skills
Have outstanding attendance
Are college bound
Are motivated to succeed
Participate in extra curricular activities
Have good study skills
 
We are very proud of our Class of 2017 Graduates who will be attending some very prestigious universities throughout our country!  Among them is Imanol Tabaras who was asked to speak to the LAUSD Board of Education on May 30, 2017. Please view his video here.

Click here to access your child's grades! Passport.LAUSD.net You can set up an account that will allow you to see attendance, standardized test scores and update contact information. 

Planning Ahead
Sept. 1, 2017      Admissions Day School Holiday
Sept. 4, 2017      Labor Day School Holiday
Sept. 14, 2017    Back to School Night
Sept 21, 2017     Rosh Hashana School Holiday
Oct. 19, 2017      Parent Conference Night
Nov. 10, 2017     Veterans Day School Holiday
Nov. 20-24, 17    Thanksgiving School Holiday
Nov. 30, 2017     College Applications due (UC and Cal State)
Dec. 18-Jan 5     Winter Break
Jan 8, 2018        First day of the Spring Semester
Jan. 15, 2018     Martin Luther King Day School Holiday
Feb. 19, 2018     President’s Day School Holiday
Mar. 2, 2018       Cal Grant & FAFSA (Financial Aid) Due
Mar. 22, 2018     Parent Conference Night
Mar. 26-30, 18    Spring Break
April 2, 2018       Cesar Chavez Day School Holiday
May 3, 2018       Open House
May 5, 2018       Prom
May 7-18, 18      Advanced Placement Tests
May 28, 2018     Memorial Day School Holiday
June 7, 2018      Graduation
June 7, 2018      Last day of school
 
Early Dismissal Dates
Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 1:17 PM
Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 1:17 PM
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 1:17 PM
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 1:17 PM
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 1:17 PM
Friday, October 20, 2017, 12:41 PM
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 1:17 PM
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 1:17 PM
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 1:17 PM
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 12:41 PM Finals
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 12:41 PM Finals
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 12:41 PM Finals
Friday, December 15, 2017, 12:41 PM
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 1:17 PM
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 1:17 PM
Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 1:17 PM
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 1:17 PM
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 1:17 PM
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 1:17 PM
Friday, March 23, 2018 12:41, PM
Monday, June 4, 2018 12:41, PM Finals
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 12:41, PM Finals
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 12:41, PM Finals
Thursday, June 7, 2018 12:41, PM Graduation
 
Spring Course Requests Forms
Please complete the appropriate form for your grade level by November 9, 2017. Mr. Towar will use your responses to program your classes for the Spring semester.  You must complete a form even if you do not want to change any classes.  The from requires your student ID number. Please make sure this is accurate! It is on your ID card or you can ask any of your teachers.