2012, 2011, 2010 Title 1 Academic Achievement Award2012 Excellence in Urban Education Award2011 National Blue Ribbon School2018, 2010 and 2006 California Distinguished School
Jim Thorpe Fundamental School is one of seven fundamental schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District—three fundamental elementary schools, three fundamental intermediate schools, and one fundamental high school.We are an alternative school whose parents have voluntarily enrolled their children in our program. As a fundamental school, our emphasis is on establishing an atmosphere of fair, firm, consistent discipline and support that promotes academic achievement, patriotism and the development of student pride and responsibility.
Upon enrollment and at the beginning of each school year, parents and students sign the Fundamental School Agreement to support school policies and procedures. These include high expectations for attendance appropriate behavior, adherence to the school uniform and non-uniform dress codes, parent involvement in homework supervision, and regular communication between home and school. Since Thorpe is not a neighborhood school, parents are responsible for student transportation to and from school.
The school was named after Jim Thorpe, the famous athlete and Native American who won Olympic gold medals in 1912 in the Pentathlon and Decathlon field and track events. In January 2002, Jim Thorpe was named the ABC Wide World of Sports' Athlete of the Century. His dedication, perseverance, and outstanding accomplishments are the inspiration for our school’s goal of “Aiming High” with every student “College Bound.”
Construction for Jim Thorpe Fundamental School started in August 1997 and with the school opening on September 7, 1999. The school is a two-story facility consisting of 55,000 square feet on 6.6 acres on the corner of Greenville and Alton streets. There are 35 classrooms, a central two-story, circular library, a multipurpose room with a stage, administrative offices and a food service area with a covered lunch area.