Instructional Programs Overview
Fairmont’s Education Department consists of educational experts responsible for researching, planning, and implementing the curriculum, educational technology, and academic programs used in Fairmont’s classrooms. Staff play a significant role in managing textbook adoption, technology subscriptions, academic outcomes, data, curriculum development, professional development, assessments, summer programs and much more. They regularly attend national and participate in conferences as well as collaborate on research projects to keep our educators current with the best teaching practices and educational technology.
Math and Language Arts Coordinators
Each campus has a math and language arts coordinator to discuss academic needs with teachers and provide them support throughout the year. Their availability adds convenience for teachers when adopting new curriculum. In regards to math instruction, Fairmont offers an individualized approach that allows highly advanced students to complete high school level coursework at the junior high level. While all our students are studying math one grade level ahead of public schools, they also benefit from classroom grouping and the additional support in mastering key concepts from the Accelerated Math and Accelerated Reader software programs.
Junior High Counselors
Junior high counselors help make the transition from junior high to high school as seamless as possible. Their role is to help 6th, 7th, and 8th graders prepare for their high school experience. Besides receiving academic guidance, students gain confidence through the counselors’ assistance in formulating goals, alleviating transitional concerns, and understanding the expectations of high school.
Fairmont employs a school psychologist who is Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)-certified. She is available to meet with students experiencing educational or emotional issues. She is also a resource for helping students and families on common topics of concern.
Maximizing the potential of each student is the hallmark of Fairmont’s educational philosophy. ASSIST teachers partner with classroom teachers to provide one-on-one help to students in need of academic support and enrichment. Students are identified for the ASSIST program through teacher referral, test scores, assessment and classroom observation.
Rewarding Educational Experiences Beyond the Classroom
Fairmont offers a multitude of experiences that extend learning far beyond the classroom. Students participate in day trips, outdoor science camps and overnight study trips throughout the year. They visit Sacramento, the Grand Canyon, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Washington, D.C., Catalina Island, and more.
Character Education Program
Fairmont students (P-8) develop a solid foundation of character and ethics for life through discussions and activities based on the six pillars of Character Counts. These pillars include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. These important qualities are encouraged throughout the day in the classroom, athletic fields and in other settings.
Fairmont also embraces Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (at school). This program helps students (preschool through twelfth grade) think about the decisions they make and prepares them for future leadership roles.
The 7 Habits are the following:
- Be Proactive – I am responsible for my actions
- Begin with the End in Mind – I plan ahead and set goals
- Put First Things First – I set priorities, make a schedule and follow my plan
- Think Win-Win – I build trust and look for various ways to resolve conflicts
- Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood – I listen before I talk
- Synergize – I value other people’s strengths and learn from them
- Sharpen the Saw – I find the right balance between school, health, family, and friends
Fairmont students participate in a variety of community service opportunities. Among the many engagements and projects, Fairmont parents and students have donated their hair to Locks of Love, which provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.
For junior high students, 12 community service hours are required for promotion. In high school, the yearly requirement is 24 hours. Fairmont Preparatory Academy encourages students to make a difference in the local community by participating in one of many community service events such as CHOC Disneyland Walk in the Park, Canning Hunger Food Drive, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients, Senior Saturday, and much more.
During Fairmont Prep’s Travel Week, which annually provides opportunities to discover and explore both national and international destinations, high school students have visited New Orleans to help in Hurricane Katrina clean-up operations. They have traveled to Fiji and Costa Rica to repair and improve schools and libraries in impoverished communities. The students have even cleaned up beaches on the shores of Hawaii.
Junior high and high school students participate in a wide variety of student-initiated, faculty-sponsored clubs. Fairmont Forensics teams have received national and regional recognition from earning top scores in debate competitions. The Prep Robotics-Team 4913 Huskyteers participate in the annual FIRST Robotics Competition.
Sample of Elementary and Junior High Campus Clubs:
Debate Club – Junior High
Cougar Chorus – 3-5th grade
Recycling Club – Junior High
Year Book Club – Junior High
At Fairmont Preparatory Academy, there are more than 40 academic, social and service clubs for students to gain leadership experience, serve the community and meet friends with common interests.
The Associated Student Body (ASB) gives our future leaders first-hand experience in the elective process, representative leadership, organizational skills and service to the school community.
Fairmont students participate, and in many cases, receive top honors in the following:
County, state and national debate tournaments
Debate Team Competitions
Art, music and science competitions
To enrich the “whole child,” Fairmont complements its rigorous academic programs with vibrant art and music programs throughout the day. Our student artists receive many accolades. Our thriving artistic community is designed to inspire our students’ creative expression. Special classes are also available in art and music to all students beginning in preschool.
Students may participate in band, orchestra, ensemble, choir, as well as musical and dramatic stage productions.
Instruction begins in the early grades and extends through AP Art in high school. Many students’ works of art receive recognition in regional and national competitions.
Participating in Fairmont sports is more than participating in practices and games. As members of our sports teams, students are given the opportunity to learn organization, time management, teamwork and leadership skills. More importantly, the athletes develop lasting friendships and fond memories.
Fairmont teams participate in the Developmental Sports League (DSL) and the Tri-Way League. At Fairmont Prep, junior varsity and varsity teams play in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) league.
Boys’ Flag Football
Boys’ Flag Football