Program

Our Mission
The North Hollywood Zoo Magnet Center promotes, protects and supports a safe, rigorous, and humane learning community dedicated to educating literate, thoughtful, productive, and caring young people for citizenship in our 21st Century democracy.

Statement of Purpose
The North Hollywood High School Animal Studies/Biological Sciences Zoo Magnet Center offers over 300 Los Angeles high school students a challenging college preparatory curriculum focused on animal studies and biological sciences—with a strong emphasis on student research, and the development of analytical thought. Our classrooms open out on a living laboratory that includes: the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the L.A. River ecosystem, the Autry National Center, and the natural world of Griffith Park. The human scale of the Zoo Magnet campus supports an inclusive school community where students and teachers learn together, and no one is lost in the crowd.

The Zoo Magnet was established in 1981 with a vision of providing a racially, ethnically, economically, and geographically diverse group of motivated students an enriched curriculum in animal and biological sciences. Moreover, our partnership with the Los Angeles Zoo and the Griffith Park community gives our students only the opportunity to study, not to practice wildlife conservation, animal care, biology, chemistry, and environmental stewardship. Zoo Magnet students are more than passive consumers of information; they apply their learning through public service at the Los Angeles Zoo and our Griffith Park neighbors. Our students work with the LA Zoo's animal care professionals, docents, research staff, academic fellows, and GLAZA volunteers, while Zoo Magnet faculty and docent educators provide rigorous lessons enhanced by direct observation of the animals and flora at the Zoo and park environs. Our faculty assures student access to the California State Content Standards and promotes mastery of that content without a commitment to dynamic, critical, and tested teaching process. Zoo Magnet classroom instruction gives our students the means, while our unique environment provides the context, the meaning, and motivation—our living laboratory.




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