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Dear Arroyo West Community,


It is with absolute excitement that I welcome you to the Arroyo West Active Learning Academy!  Since 1991, AWALA has been committed to actively serving the students and parents of Moorpark.  We are committed to developing academic excellence through engaging and meaningful activities, which create innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers, and confident, life-long learners. We promote rigorous academic and social responsibility within a caring environment.


We maximize achievement for every student within a positive and safe learning environment. The dedicated staff provides rich experiences using a multitude of resources to individualize instruction and learning.  Teachers actively participate in ongoing professional development in order to further promote student achievement. Students are supported through high level, engaging instruction designed to meet the needs of all learners as they meet and exceed our State Standards and curriculum expectations.


We are a community leader in English Language Arts education where we partner with Teachers College at Columbia University to deliver the cutting edge Reading and Writing Workshops.  We are also at the forefront of mathematics, science, social science, art, health, and physical education.  The dedicated and caring Arroyo West family supports all learners and continues to work with the entire community to provide academic excellence to all students.


Personally, I have worked in education for over 10 years where I have worked with students of all ages and grades and I am especially excited to begin working with the Arroyo West community.  Immediately before joining AWALA, I served as Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at Moorpark High School.  Prior to that I was a teacher in Social Science and English classrooms.  I am a true believer in the power of education, and am currently a 22nd grade student finishing my Doctorate at UCLA.  As a father of two elementary aged children, I understand the importance of open and consistent communication between school and home.  


I look forward to meaningful conversations with the entire school community.  I am thrilled to be a part of the Arroyo West family. As Wranglers, we invite you to become a part of the Arroyo West community and experience our warm and welcoming environment where students are our number one priority!




Mr. Christopher J. Fennell

Principal - Arroyo West Active Learning Academy

Mr. Christopher J. Fennell


Arroyo West Active Learning Academy