Award Year: 2019

Fairburn Avenue Elementary School

1403 Fairburn Avenue
Los Angeles, CA, 90024-6014

(310) 470-1344

Ms. Pamela Ann Marton, Principal at time of Nomination

Los Angeles Unified School District

School Website


Fairburn is committed to developing the character and full academic potential of all students through enriched and rigorous instruction, fostering a lifelong love of learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 57%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 24%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 7%
Fairburn students dance every morning to begin the school day.

Fairburn students dance every morning to begin the school day.

Fairburn Avenue Elementary School is a high-performing neighborhood school serving 469 students in West Los Angeles. Fairburn students are culturally diverse, a reflection of California's population and our proximity to UCLA, which attracts faculty and students from around the globe. This demographic and linguistic diversity provides opportunities for Fairburn students to learn firsthand about different cultures and countries, but it is also the school's greatest challenge. In response, Fairburn has adopted student-centered curricular programs and differentiated teaching strategies to ensure that every child, regardless of skill level, linguistic proficiency, or special identification, receives foundational skills and challenging and appropriate instruction. As a result, Fairburn students consistently exceed grade level criteria on standardized tests.

As a complement to the school's rigorous academic program, Fairburn deploys a variety of programs to help students reach their full potential emotionally, physically, and socially. Fairburn in Motion, is a daily exercise program recently featured on CBS news. Social-emotional learning is also supported a "focus traits" program, which encourages the development of character-building attributes. We have also incorporated Growth Mindset teaching, which pushes students to approach challenges in a way that makes them understand that struggle - and even failure - are part of the learning process.

Fairburn's principal, along with dedicated teachers and staff, collaborate with an engaged parent community to support all aspects of student life. Together we're committed to upholding a rigorous and challenging learning environment rich in cultural diversity, celebrated in achievement, and filled with possibility for all of our students.