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7850 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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(323) 370-1200
(323) 651-5803
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May 14, 2015
After working at a number of schools I feel Fairfax High School is a great school. The energy of the entire campus is positive and feels quite normal. Every LAUSD school has the same issues with limited services, bad food, and a typical 36:1 student-teacher ratio. The majority of the kids are bused in, but I feel we get the cream of the crop. The school has a rich history of servicing kids who want to be here. Many of the students care about graduation and do well overall. As mentioned earlier I came from schools where students came in with an impoverish mindset. I don't feel that to be the case here. The campus is very diverse and representative of the real world. My child has been sheltered attending a certified Montessori school where she is not tested as much as LAUSD schools. Eventually, she will need to experience the "general population" and I believe Fairfax High School would be a nice transition.

- submitted by a teacher

April 30, 2013
Disappointed is not saying enough. There is no clear contact method or interaction beteen the teachers, counselors, and principal. There are more new staff members that don't seem to know how things work at this school than I care for, especially the principal and counselor. The teachers want your children to turn in the work but there is no clear way for parents to assist to make sure this is getting done. These are still children. As I was told by the prinicipal, teachers are not encouraged or required to post HW, CW, projects, etc. on-line. How do they expect parent participation. All parents can't take off work to be at the school. Teachers should learn to utilize the tools given to them to advocate parent participation (i.e. computers and e-mails). Come on now, if teachers and other public school staff do not want to foster a circle of success for students, please find another career.

- submitted by a parent

November 12, 2012
I currently attend Fairfax, and overall, it's a pretty good school. I'm in the Schools for Advanced Studies, and the teachers for this program are generally good. I would have to say some of the best teachers are the AP teachers, but not all are great. There are teachers who hardly teach at all, and it's all up to you to learn, but it all depends on how driven the students are. The school is extremely diverse and offers a pretty good quantity of extra curriculars. The students at Fairfax are generally open minded. The budget cuts the school has suffered haven't allowed it to improve a whole lot, but the campus has become significantly nicer. The school allows for educational and social expansion.

- submitted by a student

April 25, 2011
I have been going to Fairfax for only 8 months and I'm in love with it.... the students are super friendly and teachers are committed to their jobs... they teach us a looott more than what the textbook says.... and AP teachers are the best there could be.... The budget cuts are causing some problems but the entire school staff and student bodies are working to make things better.. Fairfax is awesome... GO LIONS!!

- submitted by a student

December 05, 2010
Currently, i'm a student at Fairfax High, and i have to say that we have THE best AP teachers who are dedicated and willing to help students on their path to success. There are tons of rumors out there that Fairfax is a "bad school", but we are actually sending students to ivy leagues and our school is improving each year! I love the culture and people here at Fairfax coming from a suburban area. I love the School of Advanced Studies program and I know that Fairfax is helping me in every way to succeed in college and beyond. Go lions!!

- submitted by a student

August 25, 2009
I love this school. I graduated in 2008 and im 100% glad i switched from University High School. The programs in Fairfax are ok. I can say i wish they would have had more funding. However, i believe the best part of fairfax is the Teachers. I had teachers who i didnt believe were so great until after i graduated, because even though they might have given me an F or their class could have been really boring to me. They taught me lessons in life that i will never forget. Thanks Ms. Allen, Mr. Babatunde-bey, Coach Cox, Ms. Reautebauch, and Mr. O' Hare Go Lions!

- submitted by a student

March 05, 2009
I attend Fairfax and let me tell u the point of view from a student. Educationally, it is very challenging and interesting. I love their SAS program (currently in it) and the teachers are great. We earn extremely high test scores thanks to the hard work of the teachers and our own effort. They encourage us to try hard. The one complaint i have is that the school doesn't have a swim team! Haha nevertheless, i love it here and i wouldn't give up my experience for anything.

- submitted by a student

January 12, 2009
i think that this a good school!!!!

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September 09, 2008
My son is currently a junior at Fairfax HS and his experience there has been a really good one. He has had exceptional teachers that have been very committed to having their students excel, particularly the exceptional and brilliant science teacher, Ms. Antoine. He started HS with good grades and now takes a few honors courses. He is constantly pushed by his teachers and by me. It doesn't all lie with the teachers, we as parents also must take accountability for our children, but most of all, we must make our children accountable for their own actions as well. Fairfax is a great school and is on its way to full accreditation!

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2008
i'm a student in fairfax and i love it there! it's really diverse and the my teachers are great! there are a lot of extracurricular activities, and their SAS and magnet program is great!

- submitted by a student

May 26, 2006
i thought this would be a good school for my child and after enrolling i found out that the majority of the teachers their are only present for the check, things that needed to be done were not.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2006
Fairfax is a wonderful diverse school. It's specialties are in arts since it is an Art Magnet School. It is one of the most diverse schools, though it is a bit over-crowded. If you want your child to excel in arts then Fairfax would be an awesome school to send your child to.

- submitted by a student

December 13, 2005
The school has large classes in general, however the teacher quality is excellent.

- submitted by a student

November 07, 2005
school is multicultural and academic based, but provides plenty of extracurricular as well as music art and physical ed programs...good west hollywood location

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2005
When I attended Fairfax it was still a wonderful learing institution. Now it seems as if the moral and students have diminished in school pride and just basic caring. It is a shame.

- submitted by a student

August 09, 2005
My child seem to not achieve much of what was needed because some teachers do not know how to teach!

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2005
My children have had an awful academic experience at this inferior school. Yet, there are a few good if not great teachers.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2005
I am actually a student at Fairfax High School. I enjoy it alot. I am envolved with the basketball team and the Academic Decathalon Team and enjoy both. Some of the faculty give off a feeling like they do not want to be there but on the whole it is a nice school with little violence.

- submitted by a student

December 24, 2004
The school is build like a jail. The quality of the program varies from class to class but in general deserves a grade of c-. Parent involvement practically does not exists.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2004
I graduated from Fairfax in 1995 and now work as an elementary school teacher. My teachers were outstanding, especially Mrs. Canjura who was my ESL teacher. They offer excellent AP and Honors classes at Fairfax. If you are a serious students that is willing to put effort in order to succeed, this is the right school for you.

- submitted by a student

May 14, 2004
this school is the dumbest school, almost everyone there is failing, my daughter is failing, and is always complaining about how dumb the teachers are, and how they teach the same thing day by day. They even took out most of the great learning experiences the children could make. My daughter wants me to take her out of that school, which is exactly what i am going to do.

- submitted by a parent
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Fairfax Senior High School
7850 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90046
(323) 370-1200
Last modified Fairfax Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fairfax Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top