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Modern Media and Communications Magnet

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The Palms Middle School Modern Media and Communications Magnet, offered since the 2020-2021 school year, is one of two magnet schools 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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If you have questions about the Palms Magnet schools, please contact Magnet Coordinator Ms. Girvan.


Sixth grade students take the Creative Expression elective and learn to blog.

Seventh grade students take the Speech elective and learn public speaking, culminating in the Palms Talks assemblies.

Eighth grade students take the Video Production elective and learn to make films, culminating in the Palms Film Festival.

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Meetings and Tours

You can learn about the Palms Gifted/High Ability Magnet by attending Zoom meetings or taking tours.

"Meet the Magnets" and/or "Magnet Information Meetings" are often held in October.

Visitors Days, for all Palms schools, are held throughout the school year. See Visitors Days and Tours for details.

The Fall Magnet Fair, usually put on by LAUSD Local District West in October, covers:

  • Magnet Programs
  • Permits With Transportation
  • Dual Language Education
  • Schools for Advanced Studies
  • Admission Criteria Schools
  • Affiliated Charter Schools

How Does the Waiting List work?

For waiting list information, download the Waiting List flyer.

Magnet Schools information

See the Magnet Schools page for information about:

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

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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.

Career Technical Education

The Palms Modern Media and Communications Magnet It is an LAUSD Career Technical Education (CTE) program. The CTE program provides students with "industry-linked programs to reach their career goals, achieve a high-quality lifestyle, be competitive in the global marketplace, and sustain California's economic dominance."

Hamilton High School has a video production CTE program as well, and Palms Video Production students can continue their video production learning into high school. Hamilton is also building a pathway with community colleges.

Magnet Previews, Fall 2024

Magnet Previews, to be held in Fall 2024, are for families that are considering Palms Middle School for their child for the 2025-2026 school year. Parents and guardians are invited to attend, and they may bring their child with them.

Each event will start with a 30-minute information session about the school’s various programs. Then, families will tour the campus and visit select classrooms to see teachers and students in action.


For 2020-2021 school year, the Modern Media and Communications Magnet had openings for 165 students.


Apply in Fall 2023 for Fall 2024:

  • October 2023: Magnet application process begins
  • November 2023: Online Magnet application deadline
  • February 2024: Late application period begins


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