Students enrolled 2040
School leader Yvonne Garrison
Transportation options Yes

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3751 South Harvard Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90018

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(323) 373-2700
(323) 733-2120
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3 stars
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December 11, 2012
I attended Foshay for Middle School and High School. In middle school, I did not feel save. I was a victim of bullying and teachers as well as staff just looked the other way. School personnel need to be more aware of what is occurring in their school. However, I did well academically. In high school, the teachers were much more caring. Mr. Beebe was probably of the best teachers I ever had, sadly he left Foshay. Also, the counselors are the BEST. They made all of us sign up for scholarships/grants and apply to colleges. They motivated students that did not believe they were good enough to attend college and pushed them into the right direction. Because of them I attended college and earned my BA and MS.

- submitted by a community member
October 12, 2012
My child is attending this school, I'm not too pleased with some of the teachers, some of them should really go ahead and retire. Do not care for the way they try to characterize my child. Teachers really need to give our children a chance to shine. Our children are the future generation of tomorrow.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2011
like this school and Weemes elementary which is close by, I tried volunteering once and got turned down by the administrators. I needed to volunteer through a current University course but was rejected by both school. Now I am fed up by these schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2011
This is one of the less problem high school and middle I have ever seen in my life time.!

- submitted by a community member
March 22, 2011
James A. Foshay Junior High School is what it used to be when I went there back in 1980-1983. What have they done to this school??? It used to be a nice place to start, and now it is sooo confusing to understand what it is. Irma Suarez Montes de Oca 1983

- submitted by a community member
November 21, 2010
wonderful schoool great teachers students, my child is definetly attending this school . they are really goin somewhere, great leadership. i give them 5 stars. great test scores, great ratings, i would say they need a football team !

- submitted by a community member
November 21, 2010
this school is really great, the test scores are high ,it has exellent teachers, great order of leadership, these set of students are actually goin somewhere

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 15, 2010
The shcool is transforming students into 21st century global learners.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 29, 2010
Great atmosphere--you can feel it as you walk in.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2010
I love the way so many Foshay students want to succeed and the ways that their parents support the school.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 23, 2010
Foshay is my family- challenging, caring, and supportive!

- submitted by a teacher
September 22, 2010
It's simply one of the best if not the best Kinder through High school programs in the LA county. Plus the teacher staff work extremely hard to achieve their goals in a challenged environment. How do I know this? Not only are my two kids attending but my wife is a Biology teacher at Foshay Learning Center. With your help we can make Foshay a better place by keeping students in a well rounded and tight community throughout their school years. This will give them the confidence to be successful and prepare them for their college years.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
I work at the best place on earth! The studnets work hard and the teachers love to inspire.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
I love Foshay Learning Center because it is filled with caring committed teachers who strive every day to help students reach their potential. Foshay also has the nicest high school kids in the district.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 22, 2010
Foshay is the best, great teachers and wonderful students.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
I love Foshay because it provides inner-city students with a chance to succeed.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2010
I love the way teachers work together for the benefit of the students

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 22, 2010
The Teachers, Staff, Parents and Students really seem to like each other. They all have pride in the school and community. Everyone seems to work hard to make this school a positive place to be.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2010
Foshay has a diverse and caring faculty and staff; not to mention a great student body!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 21, 2010
Because of people like Martha! Green, sustainable, and thriving.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
Many efforts to reach out to community and community institutions and groups to build support. Am a Master Gardener who helped teachers set up a vegetable garden at Foshay. Administrators were very supportive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
Yes, I love Foshay Learning Center. Teachers are very caring and students have a lot of potential.

- submitted by a teacher
April 15, 2010
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March 23, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2009
I give the teachers in this school a 10 for effort but I am not satisfied with the direction the school is headed. Tension is visible between ethnic groups! Instead of ignoring this behavior, there should be programs implemented that would allow people to work closely together, and therefore get past their differences.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2008
Whoever wrote that review must have had an agenda, because they left out some very important facts. According to Foshay s website, the high school has 650 students. The elementary school has even less. Out of 3,300 students, over 2000 are in grades 6, 7 or 8. Foshay is a middle school! Notice the last reviewer did not say anything about the middle school. So how is the middle school? It s a little better than some in South Los Angeles. If your children are high achievers they can get a good education in the middle school. If your middle school child is low, or even average, Foshay is just a typical South L.A. middle school. It is located in one of the 11 gang reduction zones. Low or average middle school students will be placed in classes where very little learning is going to happen. That is reflected in the middle school test scores. Check those out. They tell the real story. They are just slightly better than the worst middle schools in South L.A. Don t confuse the high school and elementary school with the middle school. They are not the same. Also the recent scandals should point out the obvious. The administration is not in control of the school as they were in years past. 3,300 students is too big for a middle school and too big for the current administration to handle.

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October 18, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2008
I read some of the reviews and I am shocked! Foshay is still the best school around! They have one of the highest graduation rates in the District and one of the lowest dropout rates. Kids like my grandchildren, still get accepted into the top colleges. Foshay is always in that Newsweek Magazine that features the best high schools every year. The old principal, Mr. Lappin turned the school around. The new principal, Ms.Wills has made it more positive if you ask me. Kids travel to other countries now, they have this great Robotics Team (very few in the District), the elementary test scores and a lot of the high school's are better than the state's. I just wish it weren't so crowded. And, I like that the principal and other people greet the students at the door in the morning and the kids seem calmer.

- submitted by a community member
November 13, 2007
This used to be better school many years ago, however, currently is on probation. The best teachers eventually leave, parents are shunned from true involvement, bad teachers and administrators are welcomed. The problem of this schoo is the same problem that affects all south central and poor neigborhoods run by the LAUSD. The teacher's union, lack of parent involvement, as well as political leaders who are afraid of confronting these simple realities, and are unwilling to act and take the hard descisions. In the end we had to leave, to a better school disctrict, unfortunatelly for most of the thousands of kids left that is not an option. It hurst to see so much money being wasted, and squandered, and even more sad to see continous student's generations without a deserving true education.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
The school's administration seems to be in a state of crisis; they canceled homeroom, so nobody really knows what's going on until they INTERRUPT ACADEMIC TIME to talk about the after school dance or some Jr Hi only activity. Next they canceled the 'tolerate no tardies' program which helped turn the school around 15 years ago. So now hundreds of kids are late to school everyday in a neighborhood where education doesn't seem to come first anyway! Help!!

- submitted by a teacher
August 18, 2007
Principal is unresponsive and does not make decisions. The school will not OT students, because it will make the the school look bad. Many classes are out of control with no administration support of teacher discipline. More emphasis should be placed on helping the teachers with enhancing student exam skills, instead of punishing them for making too many copies.

- submitted by a teacher
June 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2007
All of my kids have gone to Foshay. Even since the last principal left, Mr. Lappin, the school has not changed. They still get kids into the best colleges, it's still relatively safe, the staff is very caring, the elementary test scores are awesome, the middle school's are getting better! Ms. Wills, the new principal is very caring and supportive of the teachers and parents. I heard they just got their Accreditation renewed and again are in Newsweek Magazine's Top American High Schools (2001, 2003, 2005, 2006.)

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 12, 2006
Great school. I was able to go to mit thanks to foshay and the teachers

- submitted by a former student
May 30, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
March 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2006
Excellent academic program and a great environment in which to learn. The program is designed to inspire and challenge the student, should be a model for all inner city schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
THe quality of the academic program is better than the other local high schools, but it is still no where as good as it should be. There are great teachers there, but about 25% of them are terrible and are only out for themselves. The adminsitration is terribly unresponsive to the needs of parents. I wish Mr. Lapping would come back. This is a totally different school since he's been gone.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
My son has been at Fosay for 1yr. I feel the teachers are not as supportive. I total disagree with the grading system,because when there is a problem with your childs grades after you recieve there report card no ones seems to have any answers. Although my son is content with the program as a parent Fosay needs to find a better system when it comes to concerned parents that care about there childs education.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
Surrounding area leaves a lot to be desired, but the teachers are highly qualified and seem to care about student progress and success.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating August 26, 2005
I think it is an okay school. Most of the teachers seem to care [for] their students.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
Horrible administration - unresponsive to parents.

- submitted by a administrator
August 15, 2005
Foshay is an inner-city school with many challenges, (low-income area, overcrowding, English as a Second Language students) that affect many similary schools but with all of its challenges Foshay has seemingly overcome them and provided a place where over 90% of its graduates are accepted into colleges and universities.

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August 02, 2005
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July 01, 2005
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July 01, 2005
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June 08, 2005
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- submitted by a student
May 05, 2005
I am a former student of Foshay, who has siblings still attending. I am saddened to say that the quality of this school has slowly been decaying. They changed themselves to an 8 period school for the 04-05 school year only to change back to the 6 period block. I am saddened to say that this school did not really prepare me for college life, they do not offer enough AP or honor courses. -Bertha Class of '04

- submitted by a former student
April 13, 2005
Its a very academically strong school.

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February 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
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January 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2004
I think that since Howard Lappin left this school has been in great need of better leadership. The teachers are trying as hard as they can to help our children but they often times lack support from the administration. I think that as long as someone with more experience takes over the school should be fine.

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November 30, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
October 01, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2004
Foshay has a wonderful 'Beyond The Bell' program. Not only are the students afforded tutoring and help in English and Math [even Calculus], they and their parents are also offered an array of family resources including the 'Familyhood Map' training enforcing communication, appreciation, and life skllls. It makes such a difference. All parents or students have to do is contact Assistant Principal Regina Boutte whose heart and purpose is to provide students and their families with best resources.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2004
I had my son attend 2yrs at foshay special ed. Program. He had no progress the whole time there. Now I have a daughter there who is failing all her classes the tract system is failing our children the teachers fail to keep parents current on childs progress.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2004
I have been watching the activities of this school for numerous reasons. If you re claiming to be one of the best schools in the Los Angeles District; why are numerous activities happening? The safety of the students is questionable. Ms.Wills administration should be in question. On several occasions I have tried to contact Ms. Wills to no avail. Ms.Wills refusal to return calls; she had her secretary call back. It took Mr. Howard Lappin nearly 10 years to change the way the school operated. Mr. Lappin had established a strong reputation in the community an authentication to the efforts of a several administrators and educators whose mission was to set the school back on track. Obviously, this is not the case for Ms. Wills or the current administration. The gangs and drugs are back.

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April 21, 2004
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March 25, 2004
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- submitted by a student
January 10, 2004
Excellent school! Students, parents and teachers work very hard to create a safe and wonderful learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2003
Teachers take a long time returning parent phone call. Teachers wait too long to tell the parent that their child is not performing up to his/her ability. Report cards take a long time to reach the home, by the time it is received it is well into the middle of the next semester.

- submitted by a parent
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Foshay Learning Center
3751 South Harvard Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90018
(323) 373-2700
Last modified Foshay Learning Center is a Public school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Foshay Learning Center Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 65 reviews. Top