Early Childhood Education Programs
Fairmont students thrive in a safe and secure learning environment, where passionate educators are committed to students’ academic, social, and character development. Our youngest Fairmont students benefit from programs that blend advanced academics, purposeful play, and developmentally appropriate activities.
Children who go through Fairmont’s early childhood programs will master key literacy and math skills by the time they enter Kindergarten, and gain the developmental skills and academic readiness necessary to help them succeed in our advanced elementary program. They will also experience enriching activities such as technology, music appreciation, physical education, science, and art. In Kindergarten, they will begin learning a foreign language.
Fairmont’s educational environment nurtures a sense of self, fosters confidence, and creates tomorrow’s global leaders.
This first stage of Fairmont’s Early Childhood Programs is for students who are two to four-years-old and potty trained. Our youngest students use AlphaTales and NumberTales to develop a strong foundation of early literacy and number sense. Older preschoolers build upon this foundation as they engage in a curriculum called Opening the World of Learning (OWL), which advances their phonics and math skills.
A preschooler’s morning includes exciting academics, art, socialization, and purposeful play. Full-day preschoolers receive a nap/rest time along with extended afternoon play. Play is essential to exercise gross motor skills and foster social-emotional development. When preschoolers are academically and developmentally ready, they advance to Pre-Kindergarten.
Preschool is offered at Fairmont’s Anaheim Hills Campus.
Students who turn three-years-old and nine months by September 1st enter Fairmont’s Pre-Kindergarten program. Pre-Kindergartners benefit from Kindergarten level curriculums Reading Street (language arts and reading) and GoMath! (math). The students work together in small learning groups to receive the support they need for maximizing their opportunities to grow and learn.
Following a morning of academics, oral language development, and purposeful play, full-day students finish the day with a nap/rest time and Afternoon Enrichment. This additional learning time offers exciting explorations in science, social studies, computers, music, art, and physical education. Upon completing Pre-Kindergarten, students advance to either Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten as appropriate for their age and readiness.
Pre-Kindergarten is offered at Fairmont’s Anaheim Hills, Historic Anaheim, and North Tustin campuses.
Junior Kindergarten (JK) is for students who turn five-years-old between September 2nd and December 1st, as well as for students who are not quite academically or developmentally ready for Kindergarten. This first year of a two-year Kindergarten program marks the beginning of their elementary education. Students wear uniforms and attend a full day of school, which includes recess and lunch on the “big kid” playground, and specialty classes. The students follow a Kindergarten level of the Treasures reading program along with EnVision Math. Upon completing Junior Kindergarten, students advance to Kindergarten.
Junior Kindergarten is offered at Fairmont’s Anaheim Hills, North Tustin, and Historic Anaheim campuses.
Kindergarten is for students who turn five-years-old by September 1st and are prepared to succeed in this advanced level of early childhood education. They follow a first-grade level of the Treasures reading program and EnVision Math, as well as participate in specialty classes and field trips. This stage marks the beginning of an exciting chapter of their educational journey that will guide them all the way to college!
Kindergarten is offered at Fairmont’s Anaheim Hills, North Tustin, and Historic Anaheim campuses.
Fairmont Private Schools operates on a traditional school calendar from August to June. Fairmont Summer Programs offers summer camp and summer school from June-August.
- Preschool (2 year olds) is a half-day or full-day program offered 2, 3, or 5 days per week.
- Preschool (3 year olds) is a half-day or full-day program offered 3 or 5 days per week.
Pre-Kindergarten is a half-day or full-day program offered 5 days per week.*
*Half-day is only available at the Anaheim Hills campus.
Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten are both full-day programs offered 5 days per week.
- Half-day programs are 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Full-day programs are 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Extended Day Care from 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. is provided for all full-day Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten students, and is available for JK and Kindergarten students.
All Fairmont students are taught the traits of Character Counts! with an emphasis on fostering social-emotional development and peer relationships. We incorporate these traits into all that we do and recognize students when they display them.
Character Counts! is a framework centered on basic values called the Six Pillars of Character, which are highlighted throughout the year:
Early Childhood Q&A
How old does my child need to be to enter Preschool?
Your child may begin attending Fairmont Private Schools, Anaheim Hills Campus at two-years-old. A child’s progression through the early childhood education program is determined by their age and readiness.
How old does my child need to be to enter Pre-Kindergarten?
Your child may begin attending Pre-Kindergarten if they are at least three years and nine months old by September 1st.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Your child must be fully potty-trained to enroll in our Preschool program. This means that they must be able to tell an adult that they need to use the restroom, and then use the restroom and wash their hands independently.
What are your class sizes?
All Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes are arranged to maintain a maximum student-to-adult ratio of 8:1. We find that this ratio provides for optimal socialization and relationship building among the children. With multiple adults in a classroom, students receive close adult supervision during play, and focused teacher interaction during academic work time. Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes are a maximum of 18-20 students per teacher.
Does my child have to take a nap?
All Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten students participate in nap time, but children are not required to sleep. After a busy morning of academics and play, most children have no trouble falling asleep while others simply rest quietly.
How can I be involved as a parent?
Being involved in your child’s educational experience is very important. Although we do not have parent volunteers that work in the classroom, we provide many opportunities for parents to be engaged with their child’s learning such as chaperoning Kindergarten field trips. Families are invited to attend a number of events throughout the year, such as Grandparent’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations, the JK and Kindergarten Music Program, the Preschool Holiday Performance, and more! Each class also has a Room Parent who helps coordinate seasonal celebrations. All parents are also members of the Fairmont Parent Association, which meets once a month and has many opportunities for involvement.
Is snack provided?
Fairmont Private Schools provides a morning and afternoon snack to all Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten students. A snack menu is prepared monthly, with special consideration to establishing healthy eating habits with our young students. Snacks include, but are most definitely not limited to, cheese and crackers, trail mix, fresh fruit and vegetables, pita and hummus dip, smoothies, yogurt, and either juice or water.
Is lunch provided?
Lunch is available for purchase or you may bring a lunch from home. If you choose to purchase lunch, you may do so each day or for a duration of time. A lunch menu is prepared monthly, which includes entrees such as macaroni and cheese, chicken quesadillas, chicken fingers, spaghetti, and more! All lunches come with a side dish of fruit or vegetables along with juice, milk, or water.
What is the difference between Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten?
Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) is classified as a Preschool program and is for children who are 4-5 years old. Junior Kindergarten (JK) is part of our elementary program, and is for children who are either not quite old enough or not quite ready for Kindergarten.
To receive more information about enrolling your child, please contact one of our admissions directors.