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COOK, OMAR
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HYUN-KAYA, THERESA
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MERNIN, TERRY
AP English Language Teacher Aviation and Aerospace Magnet
MILLET, VEIANCA
Magnet Coordinator
NELSEN, RICHARD
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PHILLIPS, GREGORY
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RICHMOND, SEAN
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ROUSSOS, MIKHAEL
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VASQUEZ, D
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London and Paris

Westchester Goes to London and Paris

LAX
Mr. Nelsen the Lead Teacher of the Gifted Magnet takes students to tours of Europe on a regular basis. This year he went to London and Paris for a ten day excursion and exploration of English and French culture. A fun time was had by all. 

Gifted and High Ability STEAM Magnet

Summer reading for AP Classes

Students at Westchester are expected to read and do the Summer assignments posted on the WESM website. Not knowing there were AP assignments is no excuse for work that is done poorly or not at all. Failure for not completing them could result in an early "0" which would be very difficult to make up. Come to school in the Fall prepared. This will quickly demonstrate a positive attitude toward academic achievement.

OUR MAGNET FOCUS

 

Students in the Gifted-High Ability STEAM Magnet will engage in a rigorous curriculum so that they can connect abstract scientific learning to the applied sciences. In Westchester, we are surrounded by the aviation and aerospace industries, with LAX and countless aerospace companies in our immediate vicinity. This provides a wealth of internship and job shadowing opportunities, including an annual field trip to our local Boeing plant, where students build functioning model rockets alongside actual Boeing engineers.

Our School

The Gifted and High Ability STEAM Magnet is one of three magnets on the WESM campus, allowing our students to experience high school in a comprehensive setting. We are partnered with UCLA and LMU, providing our students with tools necessary to put them on a secure university pathway. Students not only visit the college campuses, they are also offered amazing opportunities and support given by college-bound programs such as LMU Upward Bound, UCLA VIPs, and CO-OP. Through clubs like Robotics, Academic Decathlon, and our gold-medal winning MESA program, students gain the experience of competing in model bridge, airplane and car competitions, Robotics competitions throughout Southern California, and the Aspen Challenge. 

ENRICHMENT

Electives & Advanced Courses

Students will have access to an extensive array of A-G courses, including thematically-aligned courses related to aerospace and aviation. Auto shop classes will give students hands-on experience learning the principles of engineering that are the foundation of the aerospace industry. Art classes will offer opportunities for students to design aircraft and spacecraft. Through courses like AP Physics, students will learn advanced scientific principles, preparing them for careers in the aerospace and aviation industries.

Criteria for Gifted / High Ability Designation

Criteria for Gifted / High Ability Designation

Oliver Rivas, Magnet Counselor

Rick Nelsen, Gifted/ High Ability Lead Teacher

Westchester faculty member since 1998 and the current lead teacher for the past four years. I teach AP United States history and AP Government. I am also the Yearbook adviser and do Robotics.

Veianca Millet, Magnet Coordinator

ROBOTICS

HONOR CLASSES

MATH

Algebra 1

Geometry

Algebra 2

Pre-Calculus

 

ENGLISH

English 9

English 10

 

SCIENCE

Biology

 

 

AP Courses

MATH

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Statistics

 

ENGLISH

AP English Language

AP English Literature 

 

SCIENCE

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Physics

AP Environmental Science

AP Computer Science Principles

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES

AP Human Geography

AP World History

AP United States History

AP United States Government

 

LANGUAGES 

AP Spanish Language