STEAM Magnet School
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics
The STEAM Magnet was established in 1981 as a Magnet Center on the Campus of Narbonne High School. Our program emphasizes Mathematics and Science. Teachers promote a challenging academic program, encouraging students to achieve their maximum potential. Our 480 Magnet Students maintain excellent attendance and consistently score higher on SBAC and SATs. Our purpose is to maintain Narbonne High School STEAM Magnet as one of the top-performing schools in LAUSD.
One could think of the STEAM Magnet as Narbonne 1.5 since we are affiliated with the larger school in some ways. Clubs, activities, and athletics are combined schoolwide. Classes not offered in this Magnet are sometimes available to our students through the larger school. The bell schedule is also shared with the larger school.
Still, there are significant differences. The STEAM Magnet has its own faculty, classrooms, and additional funding. We maintain smaller class sizes (32 or less for 2020-2021) which are located in one section of the school and a dedicated Magnet Office which is located in front of the Administration Building. This office serves as a central location to meet students' and parents' needs. Both benefit by having a consistent counselor and administrator for all four years, which promotes a greater awareness of our student's academic and emotional growth. Parents benefit by knowing precisely who to contact when they have questions, concerns, or simply need to drop something off! The map link to the left shows the highlighted STEAM classes on campus.
Because we are a STEAM Magnet, students enrolling should be prepared to embark on a slightly more rigorous curriculum. Core classes (History, English, Science, and Mathematics) are Honors level, and students are required to take Math AND Science each semester they are enrolled here. This exceeds the graduation requirements but better prepares students for the next step into a university. For this reason, we highly recommend that students have a Middle School G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher. Students may also be asked to agree to the Magnet Honor Code in order to support the integrity of our students. Check out the STEAM course chart link to the left, along with an explanation of Advanced Placement courses available to our students.
Students may also opt to take college courses while they are still in High School! Narbonne offers 2-3 courses per semester after school on our campus. Typically they are electives that will earn credit from Harbor College! What's more, those students are especially motivated can take courses over the summer at local community colleges tuition-free! Most of our students graduate having already earned college credit!
For those needing some extra assistance, tutoring is available both formally and informally. Most of our teachers remain in their rooms during nutrition and lunch, assisting students, hosting club meetings, or simply chatting with students. It is rare to find a STEAM classroom not occupied! Designated teachers are compensated to tutor after school (particularly in Math) a couple of days per week, and the Boys and Girls Club generously hosts regular tutoring sessions. Narbonne has also hosted tutors from UCLA, CSU Long Beach, and more.
As mentioned above, athletics, clubs, and performances are schoolwide. Students have the opportunity to participate in the full range of activities at Narbonne. In addition, the STEAM occasionally hosts events for its own students. Please see the link to the left for a list of NHS clubs.
Dedication and diligence pay off! We are so proud of our students! STEAM students are among the highest achievers at Narbonne! STEAM students have been NHS valedictorians for 8 of the past 10 years. More than 50% of our students make Honor Roll each semester, and most importantly 100% of our seniors have graduated for the past 5 years! Our students rank 4th out of ALL High Schools in the South District in students meeting A-G college requirements.
Students of both NHS Magnets are offered transportation if they reside outside the 5-mile radius of the school. Typically there are 5 stops used for pick up/drop off. Unsure whether that address qualifies? Here is a link where you can check: https://echoices.lausd.net/Magnet/Magnet_Radius?cc=1877902 Those living outside that circle are usually provided with routing information the week prior to the start of school. NOTE: Bus stops and times may change when students return to school following the COVID pandemic, depending on state and district requirements.
For those who live inside the 5-mile radius or prefer public transportation, here is a link for a Metro (TAP) Card: