Fenton Avenue Charter School has been an independent charter school for more than 20 years.
In 2013, Fenton Avenue Charter School was awarded the Hart Vision Award--Charter School of the Year. Charter status has allowed every member of the FACS and FPC school community to participate fully in the transformation of the school. The result of this collaborative effort has been total accountability in every aspect of the management, operation, and governance of the school, higher student achievement across all grade levels, and continuous focus on a school-wide vision.
Fenton Avenue Charter School is located in the northeast San Fernando Valley in the city of Lake View Terrace. The school opened in 1958 as Fenton Avenue Elementary, a kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school built to accommodate 450 students. As the surrounding neighborhood transitioned from a rural area overlooking Hansen Dam Lake, to a densely populated community with multiple families in single dwellings, Fenton Avenue Elementary became a highly diverse, multi-track, year round school. Similar to many urban schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Fenton Avenue Elementary struggled with low student performance reflected by single-digit test scores, and aggravated by poor attendance, high student transiency, vandalism, overcrowding and low staff morale. Prior to becoming a chart
er school, Fenton was considered one of the worst elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. With the passage of SB 1448, the Fenton school community recognized the opportunity that independent charter status offered, and in June 1993, Fenton Avenue Elementary became the Los Angeles Unified School District’s seventh charter school and the thirtieth charter school in the state of California.
Since original charter approval and conversion, Fenton Avenue Charter School has continued to educate a student population that is clearly reflective of the surrounding community, and, according to charter school law, has given enrollment priority to students living within the Charter School's former attendance area. As space is available, students from outside the attendance area have been enrolled, and a public lottery system held if necessary. In 2013, Fenton Primary Center built a state of the art facility in Pacoima, less than a mile away. Today, Fenton Primary and Fenton Avenue Charter serve over 1,563 students together. The Fenton schools are committed to continually serving the students of the East San Fernando Valley.
Fenton Avenue Charter School, one of the largest elementary public charter schools in the nation, was recognized as a California Distinguished School in 1997. In 2007 Fenton received interim WASC Accreditation (2007-2010) and was awarded 7-year accreditation in 2015, was awarded Cambridge Review Accreditation (2007), became a Certified Charter School (2007) and continues to be recognized as an example of a successful conversion public charter school. The school’s success has been acknowledged by the United States Department of Education, the U.S. Secretary of Education and the White House. Renewed by the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1998, 2003, 2007 and 2010, the Charter School has consistently fulfilled, if not exceeded, the goals and stated outcomes of the original charter petition and renewal contracts.