North Hollywood High School Zoo Magnet inspires and develops our students’ interests in biological and zoological sciences by providing relevant, hands-on instruction to extend learning beyond the classroom. The Zoo Magnet is recognized by the American Association of Zookeepers as one of only six high schools in the nation partnered with a working zoo. Our close proximity and ongoing collaboration with the Los Angeles Zoo, Autry Museum of the American West, and Griffith Park Rangers facilitates the implementation of unique internships, animal science courses, and interdisciplinary, magnet-themed curriculum.
Our curriculum, dedicated staff and hard working students have helped us reach a 100% graduation rate.
The Zoo Magnet has earned multiple awards from Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. In 2023, we earned the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Magnet School of Merit Award of Excellence, the top award for all magnet programs in the nation, for our commitment to high academic standards, school diversity, specialized curricula and instruction, family engagement, and community partnerships. Previously we have been recognized as a Magnet School of Excellence 2022, and Magnet School of Distinction in 2020 and 2019.
We have also been recognized by LAUSD as an Excelling Magnet for 2018-2021 based on SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment exam) results, attendance and the number of Honors and AP Courses offered.
We will graduate students who will be responsible, well-rounded citizens who have mastered the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. We will prepare historically, ethnically, and racially underrepresented students for success in college, university, and employment in the fields of biological and zoological sciences.
Our students will think critically about science, policy, people, and the environment and become agents of change. The North Hollywood Zoo Magnet Center will inspire excellence, intellectual curiosity, respect for diversity, and active citizenship.
Our academically rigorous program features a full core curriculum that meets or exceeds university A-G requirements. As the only biological science magnet in the district and one of only 6 high schools in the nation with a partnership recognized by the American Association of Zookeepers, we offer 20 exciting science electives including Animal Husbandry, Animal Behavior, and Animal Science. Since our students have the opportunity to take courses on two campuses, students also have the opportunity to select from 23 Advanced Placement courses including AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, and AP Chemistry. Click here for a detailed list of our courses.