The Fairfax Center for Visual Arts opened in September 1981, and is located on the campus of Fairfax High School. It is the only visual arts magnet high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Enrollment is limited to 358 students in grades 9-12.
Any student eligible to enroll in LAUSD may apply to attend. Applications for the following school year are due in the Fall, with the window opening in October and closing in November. See echoices.lausd.net for details.
While the focus of our program is visual art, students take all the classes required for high school graduation and admission to universities. The magnet offers honors academic classes in English, World History, U.S. History, Government, and Economics, and qualified students may take advanced placement classes at Fairfax High School. Click here to view our curricular path.
The Magnet is for students who live and breathe to make art, and students are required to take a magnet art class every semester. Ninth graders study Drawing and Digital Imaging/Design. Tenth graders study Sculpture and Photography. During their junior and senior years, students take an advanced class each semester.
Art is not limited to our studio art classes; our academic teachers also assign art projects as part of their curricula. We have field trips to local museums, visits from prominent artists, and presentations/portfolio reviews by admissions officers from art colleges and university art departments.
The Magnet's school year begins in mid-August and ends at the beginning of June. We have a three-week winter vacation at the end of the fall semester and a week-long spring break the week before Easter.