Brea district’s first magnet school to open this fall

Brea Olinda Unified School District Superintendent Brad Mason has announced plans to transform a current elementary school into the city’s first magnet school.

Laurel SchoolLaurel School will undergo a complete transformation this summer and re-open in the fall as The Laurel Magnet School of Innovation and Career Exploration.

As its name implies, the magnet school will emphasize innovation and career exploration and additionally engage students in education involving one-to-one device technology and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs. The magnet school will also focus on community partnerships.

Curriculum for Laurel Magnet School will leverage a “hands-on, minds-on” learning approach to help give students the tools they need to address real-world issues affecting them in the 21st century, school officials say.

“We are excited about what the future holds for the students of Brea and look forward to continuing to work with parents, staff and community members to ensure our students are given every opportunity to learn, grow and excel in their education,” Mason said.

Proceeds from the sale of Brea Corporate Place in 2014 has been allocated by Brea Olinda’s school board to support the magnet school’s startup and planning costs.

For additional information, visit Brea Olinda Unified School District’s website at