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Fenton Avenue Charter School

Fenton Avenue Charter School is a coeducational public charter school for students in grades 3 through 5.

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Education Quality
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Cost Of Living
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Institution Type: Public Setting: Urban

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Overview

Overview

Fenton Avenue Charter School says

Fenton Avenue Charter School (FACS) is located in the northeast San Fernando Valley in the city of Lake View Terrace. The school opened in 1958 as Fenton Avenue Elementary School, a kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school built to accommodate 450 students. However, in June 1993, Fenton Avenue Elementary School became the Los Angeles Unified School District’s seventh charter school and the thirtieth charter school in the state of California. Currently, the school services 741 students. Fenton was recognized as a California Distinguished School in 1997, received WASC and Cambridge Education accreditation in 2007, is a certified member of the California Charter Schools Association, and continues to be recognized as an example of a successful conversion public charter school. Renewed by the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2012, Fenton Avenue Charter School has consistently fulfilled, if not exceeded, the goals and stated outcomes of the original charter petition and renewal contracts. In 2013, Fenton Avenue Charter School was recognized with the “Hart Vision Charter School of the Year Award” by the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA). The school’s 3-Year Average API is 809. The school's emphasis on science and technology was enhanced in 2014 with the addition of three computer labs and a technology teacher. Fenton maintains a thriving Gifted and Talented Education program which serves the predominately at-risk population. Fenton Avenue Charter School has a highly qualified staff of dedicated educators that is truly devoted to the profession of educating students.

Curriculum

Fenton has a 3-Year Average API of 809 and has shown growth academically throughout its 21 year history.

Professional development is a focus for Fenton Avenue Charter School in order to ensure ongoing professional growth as we implement the Common Core State Standards, enhance our science, technology and Gifted and Talented programs. Professional development is multifaceted and is delivered in a variety of ways: seven staff development days, once a week on Wednesdays and twice a week during psychomotor time blocks. The topics for professional development are based on the school's charter as well as annual teacher needs assessment. Those topics include: differentiation for all students, behavioral support, SDAIE strategies for English Learners, English Language Development, Explicit Direct Instruction, Depth and Complexity, Mutt-i-grees (Social-emotional learning) and the sharing of Best Practices. A school-wide focus has been placed on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments. The seven professional development days were added to the school calendar so teachers would have longer periods of time to collaborate. Wednesdays are one hour sessions after school that are often used for follow up, data analysis and/or the sharing of Best Practices. Psychomotor time is used for collaboration, allowing teachers the opportunity to discuss work samples, rubrics and analyze data as a grade level.

A variety of supplemental programs and services are available at Fenton Avenue Charter School. There is a music specialist who works with each grade level and also facilitates chorus instruction. After school programs include the school-funded after school playground, LA’s BEST. Additional support staff includes a full-time psychologist, school counselor, speech and language therapist, nurse, nurse’s aide and Family Center Director. Four-hour paraprofessionals support the instructional program daily. Two full-time technology specialists are overseen by a Information Technology Manager, and service over 300 computers in classrooms: five in all third grade classrooms; six in all fourth and fifth grade classrooms.

Mission Statement

The mission of Fenton Avenue Charter School is to further instill the joy of learning by creating an environment that promotes confident, self-reliant, interdependent learners who become productive, contributing citizens of the community.

Finance

Finance

Public charter schools are supported through lower levels of direct, public funding, as well as though private subsidies. As with district public schools, they do not charge tuition to students who attend them.

Academics

Academics

Academic Calendar: Trimester

Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP was Not Met Overall for the year 2012.

AYP for Math was Not Met for the year 2012.

AYP for Reading was Not Met for the year 2012.

AYP is a measurement defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allows the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests.

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 961
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
2 244
3 246
4 231
5 240

Fenton Avenue Charter School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Fenton Avenue Charter School's enrollment numbers.

Gender 50% Male / 50% Female
Dress Code Uniform
Socioeconomic Diversity

100% of students qualify for a free or reduced price school lunch at Fenton Avenue Charter School.

Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 1%
Multi-racial 0%
Hispanic/Latino 90%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Director   Stacy Carroll Hutter

Extracurriculars

Fenton Avenue Charter School has a thriving Gifted and Talented (GATE) program and is located within walking distance from the new Discovery Cube LA science center. Student Leadership participates yearly in the Friends of the LA River (FOLAR) clean-up day.
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