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For 2020-2021 school year, the Modern Media and Communications Magnet has openings for 347 students.

Apply in Fall 2019.

Modern Media and Communications Magnet

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The Palms Middle School Modern Media and Communications Magnet, first offered for the 2020-2021 school year, is one of two magnets on the Palms campus.

The Modern Media and Communications program uses project-based learning and collaboration to help students build proficiency in a wide range of communication and media skills.

The program offers exciting electives related to today's careers and ties in with core classes in history, English, science, and math.

The Palms Modern Media and Communications Magnet is the only Media and Communications Magnet School on the west side of Los Angeles, and one of only four for grades 6-8 within LAUSD.

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Magnet Program Information

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See the Magnet Schools page for information about

  • LAUSD's Magnet Program
  • The Magnet application process
  • The Magnet Fair
  • Parent / Teacher / Student conferences


Our Vision

The Palms Modern Media and Communications Magnet is building a real and relevant foundation for success in the communications-based careers of the 21st century, from film production and broadcasting, to journalism, law, and business.

6th Grade Curriculum

bloggingStudents will focus on journalistic writing and reporting.

Each student will maintain a blog that is published and shared with peers.

Students will write about a variety of relevant and engaging topics.

They will teach others about complex global issues and outline steps for taking action.

As a final culminating project, students will assemble and publish their best blogs into an online and printed book.

7th Grade Curriculum

presentionStudents will use technology to create presentations of topics of their choice, and will practice public speaking.

The culminating project will be the creation of a TED Talk type presentation, which will help students develop the academic skills of research, time management, organization, speech writing, and technology.

A school-wide assembly called Palms Talks will follow, during which students will present their research findings and deliver their commentary using a motivational style.

8th Grade Curriculum

making a filmStudents will make films that express the idea "Be the Change You Want to See in the World" (Ghandi).

They will pick a topic where they feel they can contribute to making the world a better place.

They will research this topic, write the screenplay, practice pre-production planning, experience hands-on production, and add sound, music, and titles in post-production.

The films will be presented at an assembly called the Palms Film Festival.