Our Educational Philosophy

Preschool Philosophy

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 a program that blends advanced academics, purposeful play, and developmentally appropriate activities. Children who go through Fairmont’s early childhood program will master key literacy and math skills by the time they enter kindergarten. They will also have been exposed to enriching activities like dramatic play, technology, music appreciation, and art. These experiences and learning opportunities give them a competitive edge when entering our academically accelerated elementary school program.

JK-8 Philosophy

Fairmont Private Schools has a rich history rooted in tradition and academic excellence. With over 60 years of educational experience, Fairmont prides itself on providing students an individualized education with an advanced curriculum allowing them to accelerate in language arts and math. Our rigorous academics are enhanced with innovative technology tools in our integrated classrooms. In addition to our core curriculum, we also offer students opportunities to develop an appreciation for the fine arts and foreign language. An emphasis on character training, community service, and cultural awareness prepares our students to compete and succeed in today’s world. Understanding that students thrive when challenged, Fairmont cultivates higher level thinking, creativity, collaborative learning, problem-solving skills, and social responsibility. Our educational environment nurtures a sense of self, fosters confidence, and creates tomorrow’s global leaders.

Common Core Philosophy

With over 60 years of data and research, Fairmont Private Schools has developed its own rigorous standards that by far exceed those of the Common Core.

Fairmont’s curricula ensures students consistently perform above the national average.
Over 87 percent of our Fairmont Prep graduates are accepted to top 100 universities as
defined by US News & World Report. One hundred percent of 8th graders are proficient in math and 85 percent of those are advanced. More than 79 percent of kindergartners perform above expectations. Additionally, our program focuses on a well-rounded education that encourages critical thinking, creativity, and developing effective communication skills.

Meet the Education Team

Ms. Carolyn Lucia

Assistant Head of School
clucia@fairmontschools.com

Ms. Carolyn Lucia joined Fairmont Education Group in 2011 as the Dean of Advanced Studies at Fairmont Preparatory Academy, and currently serves as the Director of Education. Her extensive background in education encompasses a broad range of positions including teacher, Dean of Students, Student Services Coordinator, Assistant Principal, as well as Founder and Director of a charter school. In addition, Ms. Lucia teaches graduate level courses in Educational Administration. She was also honored to have been selected to help pilot the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation MET study project for assessing effective teaching methods. Ms. Lucia completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at Chapman University and her Master of Science degree in Educational Administration at National University. Additionally, she holds several California credentials including Single Subject English, Multiple Subjects, and Administrative Services.

Kelly Robinette

Manager of Education / Blackboard Administrator
krobinette@fairmontschools.com

Kelly Robinette has been an educator for almost twenty years. She first began teaching in 1995 at Brea Olinda High School, where she taught honors American Literature and freshman English. She then moved to England and taught secondary English and humanities for three years, in both state and private schools. Upon returning to the US, she switched gears and began working in educational administration for Fairmont Private Schools in the Business Office. As the Manager of Education, her work here includes academic outcomes data analysis, Blackboard administration, online learning, curriculum development, teacher evaluation management, and teacher training. She has also served on several task forces and was the key designer of the 21st century Kindergarten classroom at the Historic Anaheim campus.

Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature, with an emphasis in British, German, and Greek literature and languages. She also has a master’s degree in Educational Administration, and holds both a single subject teaching credential in English, as well as an administrative services credential. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honor society.

When not working on an educational project (which is rare!), Kelly enjoys spending time with her two grown children and dog, Hannah. She loves to travel, read, and work on her family tree, where she has traced her roots all the way back to her 10th great grandfather, who was born in Germany in 1644.

Diana Huff

Manager of Summer & After School Programs
dhuff@fairmontschools.com

Diana Huff received her B.A. in International Studies – Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. She joined Fairmont Education Group in 2010 in the Summer Programs Department and currently serves as the Manager of Summer & After School Programs for all of Fairmont’s Campuses. As the Summer Programs Manager, Diana develops, organizes, and manages the summer school, summer camp and enrichment workshop programs. She enjoys the opportunity to offer a fun, engaging learning environment to a variety of different students in the summer programs. Diana is also involved in a variety of special projects including coordinating International Immersion Student group visits, professional development for Student Services staff members, and support Fairmont P-8 campuses in extracurricular programming. Diana volunteers with the American Camping Association (ACA) in developing summer leadership and programming skills. Diana is also involved in a variety of special projects including coordinating International Immersion student group visits, professional development for Student Services staff members, and supports Fairmont P-8 campuses in extracurricular programming.

Ashleigh Rodgers

Coordinator of Summer & After School Programs
arodgers@fairmontschools.com

Ashleigh Rodgers received her B.S. in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Fullerton. While there, she was actively involved the Department of Education where she spent one summer in China working for Busy Bee Education where she taught English-language-learners. Prior to joining Fairmont, Ashleigh had been involved in PYLUSD’s After School Programs as a Child Care Teacher for seven years. She joined Fairmont Education Group in 2016 in the Summer Programs Department and currently serves as the Coordinator of Summer & After School Programs for all of Fairmont’s Campuses. As the Summer Programs Coordinator, Ashleigh helps to organize and run the summer school, summer camp, and enrichment workshop programs. Ashleigh also works during the school year with Fairmont’s extra-curricular programs, Student Services, and international immersion visits. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to help develop and operate Fairmont’s high quality programs.

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