Dear Students, Parents, Guardians and Community Members,
The staff at Sylmar Biotech Health & Engineering Magnet (formerly Sylmar Biotech Health Academy) is honored to serve the Sylmar area and the surrounding communities. Along with the Youth Policy Institute (YPI) and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), we are committed to providing students with a quality education and an avenue to careers that allow for a high quality of life. Our goal is to make every student feel important and supported, so they gain the confidence to assert themselves as scholars, ready and able to accept any challenges.
Sylmar Biotech Health & Engineering Magnet is unique because we are a small school model that is a Gold Certified Linked Learning School and a Magnet. We emphasize the importance of a college education and are proud of our Career Technical Education (CTE) program. Our students enroll in A-G courses along with our Linked Learning pathway classes in biotechnology, health and engineering.
As a small school, Sylmar Biotech Health & Engineering Magnet is able to provide individualized attention to our students. As such, they have many resources and outstanding opportunities, some of which include:
- Four years of biotech, health & engineering themed classes
- Mentorships and internships
- Field trips and guest speakers
- Summer bridge program for incoming freshmen
- Individualized college counseling
- Tuition-free classes from LA Mission College
- Project Based Learning
- 1:1 Chromebooks in every classroom
- Youth Policy Institute (YPI) after school program
- Gear Up college program
- State of the art medical and engineering labs
Additionally, our school has several grants that have allowed us to create strong partnership with LA Mission College, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, and Abbot Laboratories. Our students have been able to get summer internships, volunteer opportunities, dual enrollment college classes, receive the Health Occupations Fundamentals Certificate, participate in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, and go on college and career related field trips. Furthermore, our committed teachers have been able to participate in Advanced Placement training, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) training and attend workshops for their continued professional growth to provide relevant and innovative curriculum for our students.
I would also like to share that this summer our engineering team traveled to Kentucky to compete in the Skills USA National Competition! They were invited after winning the gold medal in the Community Service category at the Skills USA State Competition. Additionally, major construction projects are close to completion. One classroom is being converted into a medical simulation lab and a second classroom was recently converted into an engineering lab. This allows our students to have more real world experience as they complete their biotechnology, health and engineering coursework.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you would like more information about Sylmar Biotech Health & Engineering Magnet. I look forward to working with you as we serve the educational needs of our community.
Maria E. Herrera, Principal
Sylmar Biotech Health & Engineering Magnet