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"Celebrating our culture and diversity...We all smile in the same language."
 
Holmes International Humanities Magnet is a California Distinguished School, a recipient of the Title I Academic Achievement Award, and a 2013-2014 Excelling Magnet Program based on the School Performance Framework. With approximately 425 students in grades six to eight, the students at Holmes represent a wide spectrum of cultural, academic, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. The student body reflects the great diversity of the Southern California region. This challenging microcosm mirrors the differences of our region and the world. Holmes supports an atmosphere where cultural and ethnic diversity are prized, where academic challenge is expected and where the intrinsic worth of each child is recognized. 
 
The curriculum and programs at Holmes International Humanities Magnet are aligned with Common Core State Standards with a focus on world cultures, their literature, language, art, music, social customs and philosophy. Students develop an awareness of a global perspective, expand their understanding of world cultures and gain an appreciation of cultural diversity. This program promotes mutual respect, acceptance, and understanding among cultural groups and provides opportunities for students to acquire knowledge, attitudes, and skills to live effectively in a diverse society.
 
The school’s curriculum prepares students for their next level of education and imparts the desire for life-long learning through an international humanities program. The program provides students with effective oral and written communication skills, teaches students to think conceptually, encourages students to share their artistic talent, prepares students to be effective problem solvers, and engages students to explore political, social and economic issues. We are committed to academic excellence and preparing every child with the skills necessary to succeed.
 
Magnet students at Holmes International Humanities are placed in Magnet classrooms with Magnet students and are taught by Magnet teachers. Honors level courses within the Magnet are available for Magnet students who are identified gifted or who meet the criteria.
 
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