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 enrolled in 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 explore enriching activities such as technology, music appreciation, physical education, science, art, and begin learning a foreign language.

Fairmont’s educational environment nurtures a sense of self, fosters confidence, and creates tomorrow’s global leaders.

Early Childhood Education Sets the Groundwork for a Bright Future

“Fairmont’s Early Childhood Education program challenges young learners to become independent, and helps them become strong readers and writers. Children participate in hands-on activities and are taught in ways that allow them to excel beyond their peers at other schools.”

– Brandie Foeldi, Kindergarten Teacher for 15 Years at the Fairmont Anaheim Hills Campus

  • NAEYC accredited early childhood education program
  • 90% of jr. kindergarteners were at or above grade level expectations for math, 72% exceeded expectations in 2016
  • 94% of pre-kindergarteners met or exceeded grade level expectations for reading
  • By the end of 1st grade, Fairmont students are able to write in cursive
  • Students are introduced to public speaking by making basic class presentations
  • Character education incorporated into curriculum to give students a framework for making smart decisions and preparing them for leadership roles in the future
  • Beginning in pre-kindergarten, students attend computer lab to learn basic computer skills

One of the best things about Fairmont is that we encourage each child to excel. We never put a cap on a child’s learning if he or she is ready for the next challenge.

Carole Calabria

Historic Anaheim Campus Director from 1980 - 2017

Character Development

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 including: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Early Childhood Writing Samples

Kindergarten: Beginning of Year
Kindergarten: End of Year
1st Graders Learn Cursive

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Frequently Asked Questions

How old does my child have to be to attend 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, music show performances, 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.

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