About the Sylmar High STM Magnet

Sylmar Charter High School
Science Technology Math Magnet
(818) 833-3776
13050 Borden Avenue
Sylmar, CA 91342




Magnet School of Distinction Award



The Sylmar Charter High School Science Tech Math Magnet School has been named a National Merit School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. To receive a national merit award, members of Magnet Schools of America must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. These schools are judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme. Congratulations to our outstanding staff and amazing students!


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Ms. Nabil Montez
Speaks Spanish
Ms. Debbie Steinert
Speaks a little Spanish
Ms. Victoria Hoffman
Speaks Spanish
Position Magnet Counselor Magnet Coordinator Magnet Clerk
Email [email protected]
Phone (818) 833-3783 (818) 833-3738 (818) 833-3776
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Ms. Nabil Montez
Habla español
Ms. Debbie Steinert
Habla un poco de español
Ms. Victoria Hoffman
Habla español
Posición Consejera de Magnet Coordinador de Magnet Secretaria de Magnet
Correo electrónico [email protected]
Teléfono (818) 833-3783 (818) 833-3738 (818) 833-3776
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• Disciplina
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• Progreso de graduación
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• Aplicaciones de Magnet
• Libros de texto
• Solicitudes para la universidad
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• Preguntas generales
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• Ayuda del portal para padres
• Aplicaciones de Magnet
• Inscripción / Retiro
• Transcripciones y registros
Welcome to the Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet and thank you for visiting our page! The Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet opened September 13, 1994. We have 382 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. 
The on time application period for the 2024-2025 school year was open from October 2, to November 17, 2023. You may submit a late application through echoices.lausd.net. There is currently a wait list at all grade levels however prospective students are always encouraged to apply for spaces that may open in the future. Late applications will remain open from February through mid-September 2024. When looking for our school, make sure you select "Sylmar Charter HS Science Tech Math Magnet 1887802." Sylmar Biotech Academy is a different school.
If you would like more information about the Magnet program for Los Angeles Unified, please refer to the LAUSD Magnets home page. Please see our school Brochure for more information about our school. Our brochure is available in Spanish as well. See our Sylmar STM Magnet - Application Information page for more information about how the application process works. 
See our Enrollment Process page for information about how to enroll your child once they have been accepted. 
Information About the Sylmar High Science Tech Math Magnet
We have been honored to be selected as one of the Nation's top High Schools by US News and World Report in 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 & 2017. 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.   We are also honored to have earned the Excelling Magnet Award for being one of the top magnets in LAUSD!
Some students may be eligible for transportation by LAUSD. Students must live OUTSIDE the  five mile radius from our school Please click on this 5 Mile Radius Map to see if you are eligible for transportation. Please check with the Magnet Coordinator to see if transportation is available in your area. Our school has stops at Verdugo Hills High School, Arleta High School, Polytechnic High School, Panorama High School and North Hollywood High School. 
Vision Statement

The Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math Magnet is committed to providing a rigorous academic program that successfully prepares our students for selective universities and STEM careers. This is done in a close-knit, family environment that provides support for academic success and social responsibility. Sylmar Charter High STM Magnet graduates understand that they need to apply their talents in service to others.  Math and Science will be integrated across the content areas and prepare students for future careers in STEM-related fields.


Mission Statement

The Sylmar Charter High Science Tech Math 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 Charter High Science Tech Math 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, and STEM careers, 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 these documents:


Sylmar High Science Tech Math Magnet Plan


Annual Magnet Evaluation Report Sylmar Charter HS STM Magnet



We are proud of our 2023 SBAC scores! This table contains a sampling of the 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 Name ELA Math Sum
Kennedy Gifted Medical Magnet* 81.7 48.4 130.1
Sylmar Charter High School Sci/Tech/Math Magnet 77.6 29.8 107.4
Sylmar Biotech Health/Engineering Magnet 78.6 26.2 104.8
Reseda Science Magnet 71.1 33.3 104.4
Kennedy Global Lead/Environmental Action Magnet 69.7 33.3 103.0
PUC Lakeview Charter 73.8 28.8 102.5
Monroe Law/Government Magnet 71.7 30.2 101.9
PUC Community Charter 75.3 18.0 93.3
Magnet High School Average 61.3 29.2 90.5
Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences 67.5 20.6 88.1
Chavez - Arts/Theatre/Entertain Mag 61.8 24.6 86.4
PUC Triumph Charter 65.2 20.2 85.4
San Fernando Science/Tech/Math Magnet 55.8 29.5 85.3
Kennedy Architecture /Design/Filmmaking Mag 56.7 27.8 84.5
Reseda Police Academy Magnet 67.3 16.0 83.3
State High School Average* 54.8 27.0 81.8
Northridge Academy Senior High 54.4 24.7 79.0
LAUSD High School Average 49.0 20.0 69.0
Reseda Arts/Media/Ent Magnet 42.9 23.8 66.7
Chavez  - Social Justice Humanitas Acad. 58.5 4.7 63.2
Sun Valley Magnet: Biomed Science Engineering 43.3 18.2 61.5
Panorama Sports Med/Info Tech Magnet 45.5 10.9 56.4
Daniel Pearl Journalism Magnet 46.0 10.0 56.0
Monroe Police Academy Magnet 41.7 12.5 54.2
Discovery Prep Charter 43.5 10.3 53.8
Chavez  - Academy of Sci Exploration 37.2 16.1 53.3
Kennedy Senior High 39.9 12.8 52.7
Arleta Senior High 33.5 10.9 44.4
Valley Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (VOCES) Magnet 32.0 3.0 35.0
Chavez - Technology Preparatory Acad. 27.0 7.8 34.8
     * Must be identified Gifted to attend

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
Imanol Tabaras, class of 2017, 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 on the Parent Portal! Click here for access 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 2023-2024
2023-2024 Early Dismissal all Tuesdays at 1:17 pm
Important Dates 2023-2024 - Subject to change by the LAUSD School Board
Aug. 14, 2023
First day of classes for the Fall Semester
Sept. 1, 2023 Admissions Day - School Holiday
Sept. 4, 2023 Labor Day - School Holiday
Sept. 07, 2023 Back-to-School Night
Sept. 25, 2023 Unassigned Day - School Closed
Oct. 19, 2023 Parent Conferences
Nov. 10, 2023 Veterans Day - School Holiday
Nov. 20-24, 2023   Thanksgiving Break - Office Closed, No Classes
Dec. 18-Jan 5 Winter Break - Office Closed, No Classes
Jan 8, 2024 First day of the Spring Semester
Jan. 15, 2024 Martin Luther King Day - School Holiday
Feb. 19, 2024 President’s Day - School Holiday
Feb. 22, 2024 Parent Conferences
Mar. 25-29, 2024 Spring Break - Office Closed, No Classes
Apr. 1, 2024 Cesar Chavez Day - School Holiday
Apr. 24, 2024 Armenian Genocide Day
May 27, 2024 Memorial Day - School Holiday
June 11, 2024 Graduation
June 11, 2024 Last Day of School

Magnet New Parent Orientation Meeting

Our new parent orientation meeting was Wednesday, August 16, 2023. If you missed it, you can refer to our presentation in this link.  Orientation Presentation