MJPA Program Description


MJPA Vision Statement

 The Police Academy Magnet Program emphasizes discipline, academics and career opportunities in civic service within our local city and county governments. The vision is to strive for academic excellence for all students, by providing a rigorous curriculum, using the best educational practices, integrating technology, thematically designed curriculum, and providing an opportunity for extra-curricular enrichment activities establishing practices that foster a lifetime of achievement.

MJPA Program Description

The Mulholland’s Junior Police Academy, the Nation’s first middle school program, provides a rigorous academic program centered on law enforcement and law enforcement related careers.  The Police Academy Magnet Program encourages all students to be successful through their secondary and post-secondary careers, through a rigorous academic program with an emphasis on discipline and study skills.

By providing an environment of structure, the academy’s main goal is to create a learning environment in which all students can achieve academic excellence by understanding the importance of integrity, commitment, responsibility, self-discipline, confidence, and pride.  Students are expected to have pride in themselves, understand the importance of integrity, commitment and hard work, and sharpen their leadership skills, while showing compassion and respect for others.

The students are united as a cadet family. They work as teams and help each other succeed. Students who continue successfully through the high school program are awarded college scholarships when they graduate. The teamwork approach of the Police Academy program brings students from diverse ethnic and cultural groups together in an atmosphere of dynamic educational opportunity. The staff prides itself on an integrated and coordinated academic program.

The Police Academy Staff (teachers & L.A.P.D. Officers) focus on the development of specific policies and procedures that align to the thematic nature of law enforcement.  This gives students the opportunity to develop character, sharpen leadership skills, and improve communication skills that will carry them through their lives.

Curriculum is provided with thematic instruction in core classes and specially designed electives that foster an interest in law enforcement and related careers. Emphasis is on academics, physical fitness and training, leadership, forensic science and social justice.

Students are required to maintain wear uniforms daily to meet the standards of the Cadet Code. Students participate in inspections.

The Mulholland Middle School Police Academy Magnet educates the whole child; mind, body, and spirit, by recognizing, encouraging, and nurturing excellence in individual, group, and team accomplishments. We expect cadets to improve on their attendance, self-esteem, interpersonal skills, academic achievement, and life-long learning options, as they become members of the Police Academy family.

Police Academy Magnet Schools Program History

The Mulholland Middle School Junior Police Academy Magnet (M.J.P.A.) is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (L.A.U.S.D.) voluntary Court-ordered integration program, drawing students from all over Los Angeles.

Established in 2000 as a non-magnet program, Mulholland Middle School Police Academy achieved magnet status, in the 2009-2010 school year.  It is part of the Police Academy Magnet Schools (P.A.M.S.), started in 1996. Through a partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department (L.A.P.D.), the P.A.M.S. program provides students/cadets with a career ladder into L.A.P.D..  Cadets have the opportunity to matriculate to one of the four (4) high schools that are part of P.A.M.S. within L.A.U.S.D. (Monroe HS, Reseda HS, San Pedro HS, & Wilson HS), and then continue on, in college through the Police Orientation and Preparation Program (P.O.P.P.) a collaborative between L.A.U.S.D., L.A.P.D., and L.A.C.C. (Los Angeles Community College).