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Special Programs


STAR 1 (Science, Technology, and Research)

Meets the UC and Cal State A-G Requirement

Prerequisites required: Teacher Recommendation and Application


The STAR I course is a class that gives students the opportunity to learn research techniques, discoveries and learn about different careers in science. STAR students conduct their own research projects in class.  Various research techniques such as sterile technique, embedding tissue, staining slides, tissue culture, electrophoresis, and PCR are learned in preparation for the STAR II course.


STAR II ( Science, Technology, and Research)

Meets the UC and Cal State A-G Requirement

Prerequisites required: Teacher Recommendation and Application


The objectives of the STAR II class are to introduce students to the complex problems being studied in biomedical and biomedical engineering laboratories. It allows students to learn and master laboratory skills to test possible solutions to these problems, and to develop written and oral communication skills necessary to communicate their findings.


STAR II is a ten-credit (2 classes in one) course in which students are assigned to a research laboratory on the USC Health Sciences or University Park Campuses. Students work on a research project under the guidance of a USC mentor, become familiar with pertinent scientific literature, perform standard analysis techniques, and present their findings in PowerPoint and poster formats. The majority of time, students will be on site at their USC laboratory. They are expected to be in lab Monday though Friday during 5th and 6th periods. They are expected to remain in lab after school hours if their research so demands. Students are expected to participate in the BMES ERC Outreach Program. STAR II is a two-semester (one full year academic year) course. Students beginning in the fall are required to make a commitment for both semesters.


Engineering for Health Academy (11th - 12th)

Application required


The Engineering for Health Academy (EHA) is a small learning community for students in grades 11 and 12 with a focus on biomedical engineering. The major goal of the EHA is to introduce Bravo students to all aspects of the biomedical engineering field through a series of integrated core courses

  • 11th grade students will take a one period biomedical engineering course to prepare them for labs during their senior year and exploring computer science.


  • 12th grade students take EHA Labs (period 5 and 6), H. Physics is also highly recommended.



 Students Innovating Science Technology Engineering & Math Media Arts Academy

Design, Visual, and Media Arts with a Health Care Emphasis

Application required

Students in this academy are melding their emerging arts and media skills to promote awareness for public and community health.  They create media products (public service announcements, media campaigns, documentaries, interactive presentations) with the purpose of enriching the community understanding of the benefits of heath and fitness and the how the choices people make have definitive effects on their quality of life.  We have developed partnerships with industry sector partners, along with collaborations with partners from institutes of higher learning.


If you are interested in the arts and media to promote awareness for public and community health then the SISTEMMA Academy might be for you!


  •  10th grade: students will take Honors English class with an emphasis on Science, Technology and Media.


  • 11th grade: students will take Film 1


  • 12th grade: students will take Digital Imaging or Yearbook


Regional Occupatinal Program -Medical Administration

Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

Medical Administration

      The program provides entry-level clerical skills in a medical environment.  Students are taught the basics of phone skills, usage of general office equipment, as well as, job acquisition skills.  The program is a two period program.    Exceptional students are offered employment at the conclusion of the program.


*This is a two period class

* Available for 12th grade Patient Care Pathway





Patient Care Pathway

     The heart of the Patient Care pathway applies to occupations or functions involved in the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and  the preservation of mental and physical well-being through the services offered by the medical and allied health professions.


  • A two year program (Grades 11-12) consisting of of Medical Terminology AB in 11th and a two period block of classes in 12 Grade taking place at USC Keck Hospital.  The actual courses of enrollment to be determined but will be focused on aspects of Patient Care and/or Administrative Services in an actual hospital setting.



AP Capstone

Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone

Meets the UC and Cal State A-G Requirement  (11th –12th grades)


AP Capstone is a College Board program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.

AP Capstone is comprised of two AP courses - AP Seminar (11th grade) and AP Research (12th grade)- which fulfills an inquiry based English Language Arts Program.  In addition it is designed to complement and enhance the discipline-specific study in other AP courses.



USC / West LA College Medical Program

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

Benefits: Certified Medical Assistants can make from about $15 to $20 an hour, gain work experience- you are eligible to work in a medical office once you complete the program, work part or full time in the following locations: hospital, doctor’s office, urgent care, clinics, cruise ships, sports events


  • Medical Terminology, Allied Health 033 (3 units)
  • Medical Office Procedures 1 Health Occupations 052 (4 units)
  • Medical Office Procedures 1 Health Occupations 061 (3 units)

Evenings two days a week at the USC (main campus) and one day a week at West LA College for 15 weeks.