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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent school. A lot better than private schools in the area. Teachers are top-notch. One of the best elementary schools in the state.
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! :)
high expectation school. unfortunate about the LAUSD situation. Would be great if there was a decent middle school to transition this excellent school to.
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.
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?
focus to much on testing, not learning. classes are way to big and they are loosing teachers next year. it is really sad.
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.
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.
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!
The teachers at Fairburn, especially Mrs. Miller, my son's kinder teacher, are wonderful and the parents are extremely dedicated and involved.
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.
I love Fairburn School because my twin nephews are receiving the kind of education I remember receiving from the Beverly Hills schools I attended many years ago . . .and you simply can't get better than that.
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