Established originally as James A. Foshay Junior High School opened in February 1925, named after James A. Foshay who served as Assistant Superintendent of the Los Angeles public schools in 1893 and later as Superintendent. In 1993, Foshay became known as a Learning Center school with grades that span from K-12.
The ethnic/racial composition of the student population is a 84% Hispanic, 15% Back, 0.5% White, 0.5% Asian.
The Elementary School (grades K-5) is often referred to as The Village and makes up a small portion of the enrollment with 140 - 160 student.
The Middle School (grades 6-8) make up the largest percentage of students at Foshay Learning Center with close to 1000 students.
The High School (grades 9-12) had the first graduating class was in 1997. To this day, Foshay maintains a high school student population of 700 - 750.
Foshay High School created three academies starting in 1995: In 2015, an additional career path was created for Engineering, which merged with the Tech Academy in 2016.
- Academy of Finance (est. 1995 )
- Academy of Technology (est. 1996)
- Academy of Health (est. 1997)
- 9th Grade House (est. 2006)
Foshay Learning Center has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) through June 2024.
- In 2001, it was named a California Distinguished School.
- In 2005, Newsweek ranked it the 413th best high school in America.
- In 2018, U.S. News ranked it the 478th best high school in America.