Prep Pride: Winter Open House 2018

Last Thursday, Fairmont Preparatory Academy opened its doors to current and prospective families for Winter Open House 2018, sharing information about their rigorous academic programs, competitive athletics, impressive arts programs, and individualized education and counseling approach.

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Prospective families arrive at Winter Open House 2018.

While current parents toured their students’ classrooms and chatted with their teachers, prospective families gathered in the theater to hear a welcome message from Headmaster Mendoza and admissions director Mrs. Petersen. Following their welcome and overview of Fairmont Preparatory Academy, two students, Michelle Lee (12th grade) and Brian Wright (11th grade), shared their experiences at Fairmont.

Michelle explained that her private high school choices were limited due to her desire to find a school that would allow her to dive competitively when most don’t have diving teams.

“When I went on the Fairmont Prep website and noticed they [didn’t have a] dive team, I wasn’t surprised, but upset,” Michelle recalled. “Fortunately, [Coach Dave Esparza] was able to let me compete in high school meets and was incredibly supportive.”

Lee’s strict diving schedule (she also competes outside of high school diving and must practice at USC six days a week) made homework a concern for her, but she shared how Fairmont has accommodated her busy schedule by giving her a free period to catch up on homework and her studies.

“I knew that [Fairmont Prep] was a very competitive school that offers many rigorous courses, but with the help of my accommodating teachers and counselors, I was able to get over that obstacle,” Lee shared. “Last year, I even took four AP classes and managed to balance my grades.”

Fellow student-athlete Brian shared with families why he made his choice to move to Fairmont during his sophomore year from another private school in the area. Brian felt he was missing out on building relationships and connections, and he wanted to find a way to combine rigorous academics and competitive athletics.


By joining the Advanced Science & Engineering Program and the basketball team, Brian has been able to explore both of his passions at Fairmont.

“As a student who spends nine to ten hours a day on campus, it’s important to enjoy where I am at, and Fairmont Prep does a great job of giving me that ability,” Wright said.

Student panel at Fairmont Prep Open House.
Current Fairmont students answer prospective families’ questions during the student panel.

After a raffle giveaway, prospective students and their families followed student ambassadors to the breakout session of their choice: a student panel, counseling panel, or an extracurricular panel focusing on athletics, visual and performing arts, and student life. The panels allowed students and families to ask current Fairmont students, counselors, and faculty questions about day to day life at Fairmont in the areas that most interested them.

Following the breakout sessions, families were able to tour the campus at their own pace and visit classrooms to speak with teachers. The evening gave our prospective families a chance to envision what an education at Fairmont would look like on a daily basis and how it could benefit them in college and beyond.

If you missed our Winter Open House and are interested in Fairmont Preparatory Academy please call (714) 234-2771 to schedule a tour. We look forward to hearing from you!

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