John C. Fremont High School

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John C. Fremont Senior High School
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John C. Fremont High School
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Location
7676 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, California 90003

Information
Type Public
Established 1924
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Principal Pedro Avalos
Faculty 211
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 5,083
Color(s) Cardinal and Gray
Nickname Pathfinders
Newspaper 'Pathfinder'
Website

John C. Fremont Senior High School is a Title 1 co-educational public high school located in South Central, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Fremont serves several Los Angeles neighborhoods and the unincorporated community of Florence-Graham; some sections of Florence-Graham are jointly zoned to Fremont and David Starr Jordan High School. The Avalon Gardens public housing project is zoned to Fremont.

The school first opened in 1924 and is named after John C. Frémont. The school is in LAUSD's District 7 and runs on a three-track system. There are 5,083 students enrolled (2,914 more than the state average), with 11% of the student body African-American and 89% Latino. The name of the school newspaper is "The Pathfinder".

History[edit]

Fremont opened in 1924.[1] It will reduce its number of students when South Region High School 2 opens in 2011.[2]

Small school learning communities[edit]

John C. Fremont High School was one of the first schools in the United States to have been divided into a "small school" or "academy". The purpose of the small school is to allow personalization of instruction, due to the concern that students may become academically lost in a large, or augmented, campus. Each of the thirteen Small Learning Communities (SLCs), averaging 400 students each, is given a section of the school campus, and most of the classes take place in that section. For example, one of the small schools might be assigned classes on the first and second floors of the main building. The students of this small school would have the majority of classes in those two floors.

As of July 6, 2010, when the school undergoes reconstitution, the thirteen SLCs will be dissolved and in their place will be six Academies of 500 students each on the three Tracks, consisting of grades 10, 11, and 12. The 9th graders on each Track will have their own Center, with 600 students each.

Reconstruction[edit]

The Los Angeles Unified School District will shut down the school, dismiss all of its staff, and reopen from scratch. The strategy, dubbed "reconstruction", will attempt to address the school's severe drop-out rate, which hovers at around 50%. The strategy is supported by the superintendent, Ramon C. Cortines, and the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. The move is opposed by the United Teachers Los Angeles and many Fremont teachers.[3]

Statistics[edit]

  • Number of Teachers : 211 (State Average: 58)
  • Academic Performance Index: 459 (State Average: 670)
    • Ranked 1 out of 10
  • Students Per Computer: 4 (State Average: 4)
  • Students Per Teacher: 24 (State Averrage: 24)
  • In the reading section of the California Achievement Test (CAT/6), only 3% of the students scored at the 75th percentile or higher. 13% of the students scored at the 50th percentile or higher.
  • In the language section of the CAT/6, only 4% of the students scored at the 75th decile or higher. 15% of the students scored at the 50th percentile or higher.
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  • In the math section of the CAT/6, only 3% of the students scored at the 75th percentile or higher. 11% of the students scored at the 50th percentile or higher.
  • In the science section of the CAT/6, only 2% of the students scored at the 75th percentile or higher. 11% of the students scored at the 50th percentile or higher.
  • On the verbal section of the SAT 1, the school average is 360 (State Average: 496).
  • On the math section of the SAT 1, the school average is 379 (State Average: 519).
  • 52% of the seniors take the SAT (State Average: 39%).
  • 18% of the students take Advanced Placement classes (State Average: 22%).
  • 5% of the student graduates attend a University of California.
  • 15% of the student graduates attend a California State University .
  • 28% of the student graduate attend community college.
  • 25% of the students graduate (State Average: 90%).
    • Roughly a 75% drop out rate.

Notable alumni[edit]

Congressman Henry Waxman

References[edit]

  1. ^ "School Profile". Search.lausd.k12.ca.us. September 16, 2009. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Project Details". Laschools.org. February 26, 2010. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cortines unveils plan to dismantle and rebuild Fremont High". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ Silsbee, Kirk (March 2003). "Don Cherry interview (April 25, 1984)". Cadence Magazine (Redwood, NY: Cadnor Ltd.) 29 (4): 5–11. ISSN 0162-6973. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Fremont (Los Angeles,CA) Baseball". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ Dunlap, David W. (28 March 2013). "Photo That Was Hard to Get Published, but Even Harder to Get". Time. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Hip Hop DX, Hip Hop DX Interview.

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