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Westchester Goes to London and Paris

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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. visit

Gifted and High Ability STEAM Magnet

OUR MAGNET

    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. 

    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.

    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

    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