Kester Gifted/Higher Ability Magnet

Dear Parents,

Kester Magnet offers a challenging and enriching learning environment designed to meet the needs of gifted and high ability students. Our balanced and differentiated curriculum utilizes the four communication skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening throughout all the subject areas.

Our students are expected to work at an accelerated pace and progress is evaluated on the child’s ability to apply accumulated knowledge and skills individually and in groups. Among the varied learning strategies used are hands-on social studies, math and literature. Problem-solving and critical thinking skills are developed and applied throughout the curriculum.

Kester Gifted Magnet is an integrated program that reflects the selection of students from economically, culturally, and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This provides the students with numerous opportunities to increase their understanding of various cultures and to develop sensitivity and responsibility to others.

The staff at Kester Magnet School is dedicated to seeing that our children develop to their fullest potential as students and citizens. This is accomplished through the combined effort of our wonderful teachers, enthusiastic students and involved parents. We are proud to say that Kester is a Bravo recipient and a California Distinguished school.


Victoria J. Christie, Principal

Jennifer Di Lorenzo, Magnet/Categorical Coordinator

Nancy Jacobs, 2016-2017 Magnet Coordinator

Special Programs


  • Music
  • Science
  • Art Program
  • Physical Education


  • Field Trips
  • Student Success Team
  • School Beautification
  • Student Council
  • Library
  • Parent Volunteers
  • School Safety
  • Orchestra
  •  Wonder of Reading

Special Events

  • Open House
  • Back to School Night
  • Spirit Days
  • Career Day
  • Book Fair
  • Winter Holiday Performance
  • Spring Musical
  • 5th Grade to Astro-Camp
  • Volunteer Recognition Tea
  • Friday T-Shirt Day
  • Super Star Assemblies
  • Character Education/ Patriotic Assemblies

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Kester Magnet?

Kester Magnet is located in Sherman Oaks approximately 2 blocks east of Sepulveda Blvd. and 2 blocks south of Burbank Blvd. The 405 (San Diego) and 101 (Ventura) Freeways are in close proximity to the school.

What is the educational focus of the Kester Magnet staff?

The Kester Magnet Staff works together as a team, planning curriculum and activities appropriate to the students’ needs, interests, and abilities. The teachers keep abreast of new research, instructional strategies and curriculum development by attending training sessions regarding gifted/high ability learners. Our magnet teachers demonstrate willingness and an enthusiasm for teaching, which prepares our students to be leaders of the 21st Century.

What about transportation?

Every effort will be made to provide transportation for students selected for the magnet. The District will attempt to provide convenient pick-up and drop-off points with reasonable travel time. No transportation will be provided if students live within a three-mile radius of Kester Magnet

How many classes does Kester Magnet have?

Kester Magnet has 256 students in 9 classromms in grades 1-5. There is one first grade class, and two each of second, third, fourth, and fifth grade classrooms.

How can I get more information about the school?

To learn more about the program at Kester Magnet, please call (818) 787-6751 and we will be happy to answer your questions.


From Students:

“I feel I am fortunate to be at this school. We do a lot of fun things and challenging things.”

“I learn things more rapidly than before.”

“The magnet school makes me feel special.”

“I like my school because we have great teachers who really care about the students.”

“I like the way my teacher makes learning fun!”


From Parents:

“I am very pleased with the level of achievement my child has attained in the magnet program. I feel very fortunate to have him in this school.”

“Kester Magnet offers my son a more advanced education and provides many activities for the students.”

“I am very happy with the magnet program. My daughter is in first grade and she is learning a lot thanks to her wonderful and caring teacher.

Magnet Staff


Marie Wheelock

Allison Goodwin

Dona Baba

Rhonda Ekmekji

Jennifer Harmon

Marlo Wong

Irene Dorsey

Frozan Arsalan

Sheila Elston



Kate Scanlon-Double—Principal

Roberta Levine—Assistant Principal, EIS

Jennifer Di Lorenzo—Magnet/Categorical Coordinator

Nancy Jacobs—2014-2015 Magnet Coordinator



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