About Our School
Welcome to the Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets… home of the Comets. At the start of the 2011-12 school year, Westchester High School went through a rebirth, embracing a new identity as a series of high-performing science magnets.
At Westchester, we offer a high school experience unlike anything else in the Los Angeles area. Our three magnets provide individualized learning opportunities within their small, thematically-aligned programs. But, together, our magnets form one school, providing the widest possible array of athletic and extra-curricular opportunities. We are LAUSD’s only magnet that offers an authentic comprehensive high school experience.
At the Westchester Magnets, we embrace project-based learning. Our students synthesize content from all of their classes to create projects and conduct experiments with real-world applications. Our students engage in hands-on learning as they experience instruction aligned to the themes of our three magnets: Aerospace and Aviation, Environmental and Natural Science, and Health and Sports Medicine.
In our Aviation and Aerospace Magnet, students will have the opportunity to participate in flight simulation. They also take a shop class where they learn applied physics by working on the engine of a real Cessna airplane, which is located on campus.
In our Environmental and Natural Science Magnet, students will monitor renewable electricity generated by our on-campus solar power plant. They also take courses focused on urban ecology and green construction.
In our Health and Sports Medicine Magnet, students will take Athletic Training classes using our state-of-the-art Training Room and Sports Medicine Clinic. They also study nutrition in our Culinary Arts kitchen.
We are able to offer these innovative programs through partnerships with local organizations and businesses like Loyola Marymount University, Boeing, Chevron, and the Team Heal Foundation. Because of the contributions of our partners, our school is able to offer opportunities for internships, field trips, guest lectures, and demonstrations by scientists and other professionals.
Our teachers are among the best in LAUSD, and, on a daily basis, they challenge themselves to match the commitment and motivation of our outstanding student body.
But life as a Westchester Comet isn’t limited to the classroom. We require every student to be involved in at least one extra-curricular activity. Students participate countless organizations, including clubs, student government, band, drama, cheerleading, drill team, and our nationally renowned athletics program.
We believe that a great school produces well-rounded students, ready to succeed in college, pursue careers, and enjoy life. Being a science magnet, we teach students to view life as experiment, to explore the world’s possibilities with a spirit of scientific inquiry.
At Westchester, we are “the future of scientific thought… today.”
The students of Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets (WESM) will engage in the discipline and art of scientific inquiry through project-based learning. They will acquire and apply practical scientific principals that will prepare them to thrive in the 21st century workforce. Our students will graduate from WESM college-prepared, and career ready.
WESM will be the only comprehensive magnet high school program in LAUSD, serving all students (including English Learners and Special Education Students) through an inclusion model. The school will be a pioneer in that it will offer access to a more extensive range of athletic and extra-curricular activities than any other magnet program. This supports our belief that an enriched high school experience must emphasize the development of engaged, active, and well-rounded students.
The Enriched Sciences Magnet concept combines the courses necessary for a student to matriculate to prestigious universities (A-G) and will use California’s Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards to prepare students for internships and career opportunities in lucrative scientific fields. These career themed courses will be practitioner driven and enriched through industry standards, job shadowing, guest lecturers, project based learning and apprenticeship opportunities.
WESM will also embrace progressive pedagogical practices through cutting-edge instructional technology. The school will develop multiple state-of-the art computer labs, which will be dedicated to online interventions and curricular enhancements, capable of constantly assessing student needs and delivering individualized learning opportunities for students at all academic levels. We will integrate a variety of programs including MyAccess for writing enrichment, ALEKS for math intervention, APEX for additional Advanced Placement courses, and COAVA for individuals who need course remediation.
Upon culmination at Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets, graduates will be ready to pursue post secondary opportunities and advanced scientific disciplines. WESM alumni will be global leaders that will facilitate solutions to the scientific challenges of the new millennium.