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Fairmont Continues Growth Through Accreditations

wascMany public and private elementary schools, high schools, and universities are proud to be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Many early childhood programs are proud to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Fairmont Private Schools is proud to be accredited by both!

While they may seem like a jumble of letters, these accreditations hold educational institutions to a rigorous standard and ensure excellence in programming. These accreditations mean even more when held in combination with each other. WASC represents a recognized commitment to a school’s continuous improvement, with a strong focus on students achieving extraordinary academic outcomes. NAEYC is the mark of quality in early childhood programs and ensures that children are in a safe and healthy environment, where they have well-trained teachers with access to excellent teaching materials, and students work with curriculum that is appropriately challenging and developmentally sound. In gaining both accreditations, Fairmont Private Schools meets the needs of the whole child in our academically focused, developmentally appropriate early childhood program.

naeycNeither accreditation is a “get it and forget it” type of recognition. Earning the WASC accreditation at each of Fairmont’s four campuses in 2013 was a year long process of collaboration and examination of academic data, instructional strategies, and organizational management. With the successful completion of a comprehensive “self-study” document and two-day site visit from WASC officials, Fairmont Private Schools was awarded a six-year accreditation. Similarly, the North Tustin and Anaheim Hills campuses earned five-year NAEYC accreditations in December 2015, after a year of gathering evidence and documenting success in nearly 1,500 criteria. These campuses are happy to have recently completed the NAEYC Annual Report, which documents the continued practice of NAEYC standards and celebrates growth in many facets of the program. With the addition of the pre-kindergarten program at the Historic Anaheim Campus this year, campus officials are hard at work earning their initial NAEYC accreditation this spring.

 

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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.”