JSerra's growing Professional Magnet Programs currently include arts, business, engineering, law, and medical tracks.

The Arts Magnet Program (AMP) provides four years of pre-professional training in the Visual and Performing Arts, through the Choral and Instrumental Music, Dance, Theater, Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, and Broadcast Journalism tracks. The mission of JSerra’s Arts Magnet Program is to create independent thinkers and leaders who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture through their artistic discipline. At the core of the Arts Magnet Program are a series of discipline specific courses which develop students’ skills to an advanced level in their principle art form. Additionally, AMP students find inspiration in their sister art disciplines through our interdisciplinary History of the Arts course and quarterly field trips to world class arts venues from Los Angeles to San Diego. In our Professional Arts Seminar, students meet guest working artists from a wide array of art forms as they explore what it means to create a career in the arts.

In collaboration with UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, the Business Magnet Program (BMP) seeks to develop future business leaders who are prepared, knowledgeable and skilled in the global business environment. Business Magnet Program students are prepared to compete at the nation’s most prestigious business schools. The program provides students with an instructional curriculum, co-curricular activities, and opportunities to apply knowledge to hands-on experiences to be successful in college and beyond. The program emphasizes the core values of JSerra including faith, integrity, pursuit of excellence and a commitment to service. Students receive hands-on training in resume preparation and interview skills and an internship in their senior year. A broad variety of courses are enhanced through Future Business Leaders of America’s conferences and competitions. BMP classes are articulated through Saddleback College: classes are taken at JSerra but receive college credit through Saddleback.

The Engineering Magnet Program (EMP) adopts the curriculum of Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a leader in providing rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. This four-year program prepares students for an engineering curriculum in college and potential future careers in engineering. The program emphasize hands-on laboratory experiments and project-based learning. Students will be exposed to a variety of engineering specializations, such as aerospace, chemical, industrial, civil, chemical, and electrical engineering, so they are able to make informed decisions about whether to enter the engineering field. The JSerra EMP course sequence will expose students to hands-on, real-world problem-solving. Students will learn and apply the design process (EMP students learn a 3D CAD software called AutoDesk Professional in their freshman year), acquire strong teamwork and communication proficiency, and develop organizational, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills.

In conjunction with an adjunct Chapman University professor, the Law Magnet Program seeks to introduce the student to the law field and help prepare the student for the rigors of law school. The program is comprised of a combination of academic classes and clinical practice. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ethical role lawyers play in society to ensure the rule of law is maintained and to help ensure justice is served when conflicts arise. Courses are modeled after actual law school courses. The curriculum, texts, and instructional methods are similar to what the student will experience in law school. As such, students will learn how to raise and defend an argument, develop their analytical thinking and reasoning skills, and write legal briefs. In short, students will have a solid understanding of what preparation for a legal career entails. Students will participate in the fall mock trial training and the Orange County Mock Trial Competition.


The Medical Magnet Program provides students who are seriously considering a career in medicine the unique opportunity to explore various disciplines within the medical field – both in the classroom and off-site in a hospital facility in partnership with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance. The program is designed for students who have a strong aptitude in math and science, well developed academic skills, a desire for a challenging course of studies, and the aspiration to pursue higher education leading to a career in medicine or health related fields. The four-year course of studies includes classroom instruction in advanced math, life, and health science combined with clinical knowledge provided by working professionals in a hospital setting. Classroom instruction is supplemented with lectures, observed operations, and individual meetings with eminent medical professionals such as prominent physicians, nurses, emergency/operating staff, medical/radiological technicians, and medical management executives. Students graduating from this challenging program will have a solid foundation in science and math applicable for future careers in medicine.

Contact Info

David Amrein
Arts Magnet Program Director
Performing Arts Dept. Chair
949.493.9307 Ext. 3116

Monica McQueen
Arts Magnet Program Director
Visual Arts Dept. Chair
949.493.9307 Ext. 1101

Carol Chaffee
Business Magnet Program Director
949.493.9307 Ext. 3108

Dr. Jan Kilduff
Engineering Magnet Program Director
949.493.9307 Ext. 5061

Pat Ahle
Law Magnet Program Director

949.493.9307 Ext. 5077

Betty Cappelleti
Medical Magnet Program Director

949.493.9307 Ext. 5050

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JSerra Catholic High School

26351 Junipero Serra Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: 949.493.9307 | Fax: 949.493.9308

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