5 Key Differences Between Private vs. Public Schools in Orange County

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If you wish to give your child or children a springboard to a successful education, private schooling in Orange County may be the optimal choice for your family. From smaller class sizes to faculty members who have proven skills in education and child development, a private school education offers many advantages over public schools.

Below you will find five key differences between a private education and public education for those living in cities such as Santa Ana, Tustin, and Anaheim.


Devoted Attention Due to Smaller Class Sizes

A private education ensures that your child will benefit from a lower student-to-teacher ratio than what’s typically found in Orange County public schools. With uncrowded classrooms, teachers can work closely with your child to encourage growth in all areas of learning. Whether your child is a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner, private school teachers will cater to your child’s specific learning style to maximize his or her potential. Additionally, with fewer students in the classroom, each child is given more opportunities to participate in class discussions and build confidence in social situations.


Guidance from Expert Teachers

Teachers at Orange County private schools are very experienced in their areas of expertise and generally much more specialized than their public school counterparts. It’s common for private school teachers to have the necessary teaching credentials required by the state. Your child will benefit from working in an environment led by a subject-matter expert who will challenge your child to excel academically.


Fantastic Post-Schooling Preparation

While college may not be the focal point of your decision as you look for a private junior high school for your child, it should be in the back of your mind. Time flies, and before you know it, your junior high student will be moving on to high school and then heading off to college. Receiving a private education in Orange County increases the probability of admission into a successful college program by preparing your child for the challenges that lie ahead.

The educations supplied by private schools such as Fairmont are built on foundations of the highly successful Common Core State Standards. Teachers use this methodology to prepare youth for the practical application of their knowledge and understanding at grade-by-grade levels. This ensures that they are competent and capable of handling any challenge by the time they graduate high school.

In 2017 alone, 91 percent of Fairmont Preparatory graduates were accepted to the top 100 colleges and universities in the nation (as defined by U.S. News & World Report). Most of these students were educated with private junior high educations prior to entering high school, which set solid foundations for success.


Enriched Arts and Extracurricular Activities

Public schools are often limited to fixed selections of extracurricular activities, due to budget constraints on the public education sector. That means resources are often scarce, and staff members are typically very limited in their time availabilities to support when compared to private schools. Creative endeavors and extracurricular activities are integral to helping your child reach his or her full potential. Private schools offer enriched art programs and other extracurricular activities to help your child explore new interests as he or she further develops into adolescence.


Peak Performance and Safety

Athletic programs at private schools benefit from better funding, expert trainers, enhanced facilities, and community environments that encourage children to participate with enthusiasm. Private schools in Orange County typically have a greater diversity of athletic programs to choose from, rather than being tied to the few choices provided by public schools.

Private campuses also feature enhanced safety in terms of both school security, protocols, and equipment. Your child can freely participate in any extracurricular activities or sports while you have complete peace of mind in knowing that he or she is well taken care of.


See the Difference for Yourself

Fairmount Private Schools encourages you to book a tour of our Fairmont Prep, Anaheim Hills, Historic Anaheim, or North Tustin campus so that you can see the key differences of a private school education firsthand. Our welcoming, engaging environment is available for you to explore.

Enthusiastic, passionate teachers will take you through our diverse culture, competitive athletics, and highly individualized experience supplied to students. From early childhood education and elementary school to junior high and high school, our expert education program and environment foster the best learning experience possible for the Orange County youth.

Come feel the sense of community and see our superior service.

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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.”