Fairburn Avenue Elementary School is a non-magnet, LAUSD elementary school constructed in 1926. It is located in West Los Angeles, in close proximity to the University of California, Los Angeles. The Fairburn community currently serves 410 K-5th grade students in seventeen general education classrooms and one special education classroom. Fairburn has a Resource Specialist on-site, a school nurse and a school psychologist each onsite one day per week.
Fairburn's teachers are a dedicated group of professionals. The staff consists of 100% full-time permanent teachers and none on probationary, intern, or emergency status. 100% of our staff have a clear credential, with 11 staff members having multiple certifications. Our teachers have been teaching for a minimum of three years with a few having several decades of experience. Many Fairburn teachers came to teaching as a second career, with an average of four years other work experience and eight staff members have pursued and attained a master's degree. Our staff meets the ethnic diversity requirements of the Office of Civil Rights and represents our school population in ethnic and linguistic diversity.
Currently, Fairburn Avenue serves over 400 students in grades K-5. All students from the surrounding neighborhoods with 0 CAP students or permits. Of the 400 students, 66% are White, 21% are Asian, 6% are Black, and 9% are Hispanic. There are over eleven languages spoken at Fairburn with an ELL population of 16%. Eleven percent of our eligible ELL students have been redesignated. Special Education students account for 8% and GATE students 21% (grades 3-5) of our school population.
Fairburn Avenue School is located in a residential neighborhood south of the Wilshire corridor. The community has access to Fairburn through the use of its playground and as a registered polling location. Surrounding businesses and services on Westwood and Wilshire Boulevards have become part of the Fairburn community as field trip destinations and through financial donations. Finally, our close proximity to UCLA has allowed us to pursue academic programs with participating UCLA faculty members, such as a Careers in Science Program in which UCLA science faculty present lessons to students, highlight careers in science and offer in-service to teachers. Also, the Archaeology Department at UCLA has offered a visiting Archaeology Program at Fairburn, which ties in nicely with exhibits at UCLA's Fowler Museum.
Fairburn Avenue has high parent involvement in many areas. Not only are parents regular volunteers in classroom, they are also members of several parent organizations that help the school. The Fairburn Youth Association is a committed group of parents who fund raise throughout the year to provide Fairburn students with extra services and enrichment programs that otherwise are not provided for in the school's operating budget. Fairburn parents also participate in shared decision making through regular involvement in the School Site Council, the Bilingual Advisory Committee and the Leadership Council.
Fairburn Avenue participates in and offers many special programs to meet the needs of all our students and to meet the professional needs of our staff. We participate in a School Based Coordinated Program in which bilingual and School Improvement funds are consolidated. Teachers participate in the BTSA program and the District Intern program in order to meet their certification and other professional requirements. Fairburn is a training school for student teachers and interns from surrounding universities. Our consolidated program offers field trips and multicultural performances, based on student need. Fairburn Avenue's School Site Council has regularly voted to consolidate funds in order to meet the needs of all students. We do not receive federal funds because of our high academic achievements, low welfare rate (6%) and a low percentage of studnets receiving free lunch (<10%).
All first through fifth grade students participate in the Presidential Physical Fitness program, Jump for Heart, and Red-Ribbon Week. Fifth grade students participate in the DARE program and K-4 classrooms are offered classroom visits by a DARE officer. Fifth grade students also attend a Science Camp. Fairburn students have participated in the California Young Readers program and in the national Read Across America week activities.
Fairburn Avenue School is committed to improving the academic achievements of all students and therefore conducts an annual review of the School Plan and adjusts instruction and budget expenditures as needed. Fairburn teachers provide high quality instruction according to the State Challenge Standards as measured by the SAT 9 test results. Eighty three percent of our students are at or above the 75th percentile.