|John C. Fremont High School|
John C. Fremont High School
7676 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, California, 90003,
|Motto||Find a path, or make one!|
|School district||Los Angeles Unified School District|
|Principal||Blanca R. Esquivel|
|Teaching staff||87.00 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||21.51|
|Color(s)|| Burgundy |
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 complex 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 traditional school 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".
Fremont first opened in 1924. Known in the community for its striking architecture and large quad with a working water fountain in the middle, the San Fernando Earthquake of 1971 forced many buildings on campus to be torn down and rebuilt in a more traditional, earthquake-safe style. Once enrolled with more than 5,000 students in the early 2000s, Fremont reduced its number of students when South Region High School 2 opened in 2011.
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.
In September 2013, only four SLCs remained, and the school switched over to a block schedule system instead of the track system. With the reduction of students due to the construction of the South Region schools, the school felt it would be able accommodate the students more efficiently with a block schedule.
There now exists only three SLCs which include, MESA, LSJ, and SGMA. All communities have students of all grade levels. There was once a 9th Grade Academy, a fourth SLC, but soon after the freshman class of 2016 did the school end that SLC.
MAGNET is considered to be the fourth current SLC, but the MAGNET community is a separate school in totality. John C. Fremont High School (school code: 8650) is the host campus for the John C. Fremont Magnet Math Science and Technology High School. (school code: 8651)
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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.
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