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MEDICAL MAGNET PROGRAM

The JSerra Medical Magnet Program introduces students to health sciences and technology, providing the unique opportunity to explore various disciplines within the medical field — both in the classroom and off-site in a hospital facility.

Founded by Dr. Betty Cappelletti in 2010, this 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 at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills.

The Medical Magnet curriculum is rigorous and mandates students to enroll in double science and math courses compared to the typical high school science-based curriculum.

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.

4-Year Plan

The Medical Magnet curriculum provides students with opportunities to explore various medical disciplines while allowing them to enjoy other interests such as sports, the arts, clubs, and more.

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Program Costs and requirements

The Medical Magnet curriculum is rigorous and mandates students to enroll in double science and math courses compared to the typical high school science-based curriculum. The added science and math courses will emphasize life science application. The curriculum includes:

  • Medical technology
  • Medical terminology
  • Ethics of health care
  • Research methods

Classroom instruction will be supplemented with lectures, observed operations, and individual meetings with eminent medical professionals such as prominent physicians, nurses, ER/operating staff, medical/radiological technicians, and C-level executives on specific days at the hospital facility.

  • 9th grade: Biology Honors, Geometry Honors, Intro to Health Science Technology Honors (s), and Medical Ethics (s), $500
  • 10th grade: AP Biology, Chemistry Honors, and Algebra 2 Honors, $1,000
  • 11th grade: Anatomy and Physiology Honors, upper division science course (per director’s approval), Pre-Calculus H, $1.000
  • 12th grade: Concepts of Genetics Honors (s), Intro to Neuroscience Honors (s), upper division science course (per director’s approval), Calculus, AP Calculus, or AP Statistics, $1,000

Incoming freshmen should take First Year Seminar in the summer so that their schedule allows room for Medical Magnet courses during their 9th grade year.

JSerra students are required to complete classes in the Fine Arts. It is recommended that Medical Magnet Program students take Drawing and Painting, Choral, Instrumental, or Dance courses.

Medical Magnet fees will be billed to your FACTS account.

"The Medical Magnet Program has given me the confidence and foundation I need to thrive at a top college."

~ Jessica '19

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Minimum Requirements & Applying

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum final 8th grade GPA 3.7 (no D’s or F’s)* (Junior high*)
  • No disciplinary record (Junior high*)
  • 95% attendance rate (Junior high*)
  • JSerra Science Placement Test** (Honors Biology)
  • JSerra Math Placement Test** (Honors Geometry or Higher Level Math)

Students meeting the above junior high* criteria will then be expected to register to take the science and math placement tests**. Student must be enrolled in both Honors Biology and Honors Geometry (determined by placement tests). Test dates will be determined by Admissions. For more information regarding test dates, please contact admissions@jserra.org.

Students accepted into the program must continue to meet the program’s criteria.

 

Applying

We are now taking Project A- Pulse® Medical Magnet Program applications for the 2021-2022 school year.

Students will be notified of their acceptance via email at the end of May after their Math Placement Exam and Science Placement Exam have been scored.

Once your application to the school and the program have been reviewed, you will be notified via email.

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Deadlines

Magnet Priority Application Deadline: April 1, 2021
Decision Date: May 31, 2021
Contract Return Deadline: June 27, 2021

Acceptance into the Medical Magnet Program is dependent upon your enrollment in JSerra. Students accepted into the Medical Magnet Program but not enrolled in JSerra by March 15, 2021 will be deferred for students who are enrolled and accepted into the program. (Apply to JSerra here.)

QUESTIONS?

If you have questions about the Medical Magnet Program or the application process, please contact Director Dr. Betty Cappelletti at bcappelletti@jserra.org.

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CONTACT

Dr. Betty Cappelletti
Program Director
bcappelletti@jserra.org
949.493.9307 Ext. 7050

"Allowing us to have hands-on experience so early on gave me the insight into my specific fields of interest. In medical school interviews, I would tell them about the Magnet program and the interviewers were always blown away as it's not commonly offered."

~ Carlos '13Read Carlos' Story