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Frequently Asked Questions About Preschool

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.

How old does my child need to be to enter preschool?
Your child may begin attending Fairmont Private Schools’ preschool program 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?
You child may begin attending pre-kindergarten if they are at least four years old by December 1st.

Does my child need to be potty-trained?
You 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, then use the restroom and wash their hands independently.

What is your student to educator ratio?
All classes are arranged to maintain a student to educator ratio of 8:1. We find that this ratio and class size provides for optimal socialization and relationship building among children. With multiple adults in a classroom, students receive close adult supervision during play and focused teacher interaction during academic work time.

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. Families are invited to attend a number of events throughout the year, such as Grandparent’s Day, Mommies and Muffins, Daddies and Donuts, the preschool holiday performance, and more! Each class also has a Room Parent who helps coordinate seasonal celebrations.

Will I know how my child did at school on a regular basis?
The Tadpoles program allows your child’s teacher to email you with a daily report to share with you how your child ate, how your child slept, and a brief note about his or her day, as well as share photos and videos of special moments. These emails will be sent to you at the end of each day.

Is a snack or lunch provided?
A morning and afternoon snack is provided to all preschool students. A snack menu is prepared monthly, with special consideration to establishing healthy eating habits. Snacks include, but are not limited to, cheese and crackers, trail mix, fresh fruit and vegetables, pita and hummus dip, smoothies, yogurt, and either juice or water.

Lunch is available for purchase or you child 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.

What is the difference between pre-kindergarten and junior kindergarten?
Pre-kindergarten is classified as a preschool program and is for children who are four to five years old. Junior kindergarten is for children who are not quite old enough or ready for kindergarten. Junior kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program and is part of the elementary school program.

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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”