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Magnet Curriculum

As a highly gifted magnet, all core academic classes are taught at an honors level.  Portola Highly Gifted Magnet differentiates the standard Los Angeles Unified School District's curriculum by utilizing strategies such as acceleration, depth, complexity, and clustering in order to access higher level thinking skills.  The goal is to provide students in the magnet with a balanced program of the "core content" with expectations to exceed the standards and expose students to a gifted educational experience.  We also offer a rich elective experience for our students with an emphasis on the performing and visual arts.  The curriculum by grade level is as follows:
6th Grade
  • Common Core Honors Math 6  or Common Core Alternate Accelerated Math 6/7
  • Honors English 6
  • Honors Science 6 - Earth Science
  • Honors Ancient World History 6
  • Physical Education
  • Elective Class (choices include: instrumental music; choir; drama; art; computers; creative writing)
7th Grade 
  • Common Core Accelerated Math 7 or Common Core Alternate Accelerated Math 8/Alg. 1
  • Honors English 7
  • Honors Science 7 - Life Science/Health
  • Honors World History 7
  • Physical Education
  • Elective Choice
8th Grade
  • Common Core Honors Algebra 1 or Common Core Honors Geometry or Common Core Honors Algebra 2
  • Honors English 8
  • Honors Science 8 - Physical Science
  • Honors U.S. History 8 
  • Physical Education
  • Elective Choice
Elective Choices
  • General Art/ Advanced Art
  • Beginning Drama
  • Advanced Drama (7th/8th grade only)
  • Beginning Strings
  • Beginning Winds
  • Senior Band (experience required)
  • Senior Orchestra (experience required)
  • Advanced Orchestra/Music Lab (by audition) 
  • Chorus 
  • Film (7th/8th grade only)
  • Stage Design (7th/8th grade only)
  • Intro Computers 
  • Computer Repair (7th/8th grade only) 
  • Video
  • Digital Imaging
  • Media
  • Exploring Aerodynamics (7th/8th grade only)
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Yearbook
  • Leadership (7th/8th grade only)
  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish II
  • French 1
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