School Details

Fairburn Avenue Elementary School

1403 Fairburn Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 470-1344
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 459 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

86%
54%
56%
91%
57%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
40%
46%
93%
65%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
58%
65%
100%
70%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
53%
60%
91%
61%
65%
86%
51%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Fairburn Avenue Elementary School is a public elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Fairburn Avenue Elementary School is Elizabeth Abramowitz, who can be contacted at eja2828@lausd.net. 459 students go to Fairburn Avenue Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 9% of the Fairburn Avenue Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 9% of the 459 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Fairburn Avenue Elementary School is 17:1. Sinai Akiba Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 64% 9%
Hispanic 6% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 11%
Unspecified 3% 0.7%
Asian 24% 4%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Pacific Islander 1% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Filipino 0% 2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 75%
Limited English proficiency 9% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    This school is truly amazing. The education is excellent and my child is beginning to LOVE going to school! His grades have improved greatly and the language arts teacher Ms.Marantz is my child's favorite teacher. I would recommend this school to everyone.

  • (9 months ago)

    I don't think that there is any doubt that Fairburn is a great school. That greatness continues but I have felt a bit of a disconnect between the school and the parents over the last couple of years. Instead of working together for the betterment of all (as was done in the past) it has become a strained relationship. That being said my children have always and continue to enjoy their experience. They have loved their teachers and rave about Coach Sasha. The STAR after-school program is also an outstanding part of Fairburn.

  • (11 months ago)

    Fairburn has been referred to (by the principal) as the "jewel of LAUSD." As far as public schools in LA it's ok. It is pretty mediocre in terms of instruction. There is a ton of "busywork homework." Teachers are less than impressive. They get a lot of help here from volunteers (checking homework helping with reading etc.) it's surprising that they're not doing a better job with all the support. Beware of militant-yelling style (in kinder and first grade!). Keep your eyes and ears open and speak up if you see something that concerns you. The principal will support teachers but parents have power. The principal may not respond but there is district support for serious situations. Safety on the yard at recess--kids have been bullied/hit with no supervision. Since it's public little can be done for the kids with serious behavior issues. If parents have time they can volunteer and have some say in what goes on and how the money is spent (though the principal has the final word--including a personal assistant that she pays for with school money fundraised by the FYA. It has a good STAR after school program many enrichment opportunities that others don't and parent involvement.

  • (1 year ago)

    Probably the best LAUSD has to offer. Some exceptional teachers. Difficult principle but she produces those all important test scores better than anyone else in the district. Parents raise over $300 000 annually for discretionary spending by the principle so some extras but not what it could be. For the average to above average student the education is as good as anywhere in LA. Technically offers GATE ( gifted) curriculum for every student at all times which really means nothing but gets the kids labeled for middle school as required for the lottery process. Safe school. Involved creative parents but their input wanted only for the raising of $$ not its creative use. Could be a great school. Unfortunate with the achievement bar set so low having 100% of your kids clear minimal competency is important but one would hope for maximal competency (and there is no published metric for that so why bother). The pieces are here to be exceptional but it will take some creative leadership and a willingness to take some risks to achieve that. With reliable test scores there is no incentive to do more. Great for the middle but kids at the top and bottom lose.

  • (1 year ago)

    This was my elementary school when I was a chid. I have very find memories of this school and my wonderful teachers. In particular Mrs. Marantz who encouraged me to follow my dreams and pursue art and music.

  • (1 year ago)

    Very strong and active parent involvement with no lack of ideas of how to fund-raise through locales within the Westwood community. Although principal puts emphasis on testing equal priority is on the arts (visual/dance/music) which is wonderful. Wish kindergarteners didn't have so much rote homework would appreciate more critical engagement exercises but overall the kids are happy and healthy.

  • (1 year ago)

    Good school if your child can sit still not talk and take tests well. Beyond that the administration and at least some of the teachers are not really interested in addressing the whole child. The after school program is fantastic but I don't think Fairburn should get any credit for that.

  • (1 year ago)

    Fairburn is a great school. The after school program is also what makes this school a gem. Compared to other highly ranked public schools in LA it offers an excellent after school and enrichment program for kids. It is also small and very community-oriented.

  • (1 year ago)

    Excellent school. A lot better than private schools in the area. Teachers are top-notch. One of the best elementary schools in the state.

  • (3 years ago)

    I went to this school K-5 starting with Mrs.Trevena in Kindergarten and Mr.Stern in 5th grade. All of my teachers were very hard working to keep us focused throughout the years. I loved the staff working at school. I really recommend this school for parents looking for amazing school! )

  • (4 years ago)

    high expectation school. unfortunate about the LAUSD situation. Would be great if there was a decent middle school to transition this excellent school to.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am very fortunate that my kids have wonderful teachers. I must say that the parent involvement is very disappointing. My son went to a nearby school last year for kinder and they were so welcoming to parents being involved in class and around school. We were never kicked off campus and always welcomed. Fairburn won't even allow you to be with your kids on the play yard even while your volunteering. Very disappointing. I feel like I am being cheated of sharing this experience with my kinder child this year when I had such a wonderful experience last year. Overall the school is great.

  • (4 years ago)

    I called a few times to inquire about the school registration days tour dates and I was very disappointed. The staff was very very rude sounded very bitter and they didn t make me feel welcomed at all. Anyone had any other experience with the administration staff there?

  • (5 years ago)

    focus to much on testing not learning. classes are way to big and they are loosing teachers next year. it is really sad.

  • (5 years ago)

    Smart kids nice parents- my 1st grader has had a wonderful experience so far and looks forward to school everyday. Also a commendable after-school program.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our son is finishing up at Fairburn this year. He has been there K-5 and has loved every minute. He has received a wonderful elementary school education. The staff and teachers are dedicated to their school and students.

  • (5 years ago)

    This has been our first year at Fairburn. There's a great community of parents and a lovely bunch of kids. Our teachers have been brilliant (including the STAR staff) and I feel my daughter couldn't have been more happy!

  • (5 years ago)

    Nice school community with great teachers kids and parents.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers at Fairburn especially Mrs. Miller my son's kinder teacher are wonderful and the parents are extremely dedicated and involved.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am very happy with the fact that my son learns and has fun in such a wonderful environment. The teachers are loving caring and inspiring and the administration staff is very friendly and helpful. I also likes the fact that they incorporate quite some enrichment experience into their curriculum like music computer regular visits to the library etc.

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