6 Pillars of Character Development in Orange County Youth

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There are six core pillars of good character development, giving Orange County youth the greatest potential for success. By fostering your child to develop a strong personality with clear morals, ethics, and values, your child will be positioned for a positive future.

In this article, we’ll be looking at the six pillars of character development in youth of Orange County, California, that should be considered when selecting a private school for your child.


By instilling each student with the true value and power that truth holds, trustworthiness is fostered. Students are taught the importance of honesty and allowed to experience the satisfaction of earned trust. Sincerity, reliability, and the courage to stand firm in your truths are all exhibited by the youth who attend Fairmont.

Developing trustworthiness is a cornerstone of any successful individual and a defining point of good character. With it comes a natural sense of respect for yourself and those around you. The values and virtues necessary to shine in social situations while being masterful at conflict resolution and reasoning are difficult to find without first establishing trust in yourself.


Students at Fairmont are helped to understand the full scope of how respect impacts the way they experience life. Through valuing the qualities that make each of us unique, our eyes are opened to the total beauty of others and the world around us.

Our faculty members aim to encourage a respectful mindset among Orange County youth. From respectful behavior to respectful language use, we help youth embody a spirit of fairness and appreciation. Manners are not imposed and mindlessly enacted. When realized and understood, manners become an innate part of your child’s personality exhibited daily.


Responsibility is a facet of character development that touches all aspect of a child’s life. From personal commitments to moral courage, responsibility is integral in defining the values and principles of your child. Fairmont promotes an attitude of responsibility whereby students are helped to understand how honoring your word and answering for your actions result in a clear system of core values critical to building a successful future.


Fairness is not a balancing scale on which decisions are measured as lesser or greater or better or worse. Equality, justice, and objectivity are at the core of fairness for youth in Orange County. As an aspect of character development, fairness is a broad pillar that Fairmont takes seriously. By helping a child realize the value that balance plays without bias, his or her natural ability to act in a responsible, caring manner is brought to the front of decision making.

While respect and fairness go together, it’s important to enable children to collaborate effectively while realizing their own strengths. Students attending Fairmont in Orange County learn to embrace differences of culture, race, society, and spirituality that fosters growth and experience.


As a pillar of character development, a caring nature will empower your child to approach life with respect and appreciation for himself or herself and the surrounding world. A caring individual has the strength of character to embrace differences, overcome problems, and navigate situations easily.

When students learn to adopt caring attitudes at Fairmont, the benefits touch every area of their personalities. Your child will exhibit enhanced decision-making skills and a deeper sense of loyalty and responsibility, and gratitude will be shown for the finer aspects of learning and life.


The development of good citizenship ensures that your child has a sound, well-rounded understanding of how the government works. He or she will also realize the full scope of collaboration and united efforts toward making Orange County and the world a better place. Fairmont students are educated at a young age to comprehend the importance of showing good citizenship.

A citizenship education helps your child cultivate civility and build firm ethical foundations, both of which prove to be an asset to society. Students of Fairmont are nurtured toward exercising their civic responsibilities with healthy attitudes in good behavior. Once core values such as respect, trustworthiness, and a balanced stance to justice have been adopted, students will find their cognitive, strategic, and critical-thinking skills empowered.

Your child is guided toward developing his or her own sense of identity as a national citizen while fully understanding personal rights and duties and the underlying societal values that lead to enhanced political and general literacy as well as superior intellectual aptitude.

The Importance of Developing a Strong Character

The development of defining qualities and characteristics in Orange County children that differentiate one individual from another is critical to forming a strong, successful personality. Studies show that early, consistent character development lead to the following benefits:

  • Strong core ethical and moral values
  • Conscious awareness of defined thoughts, feelings, and behavior
  • Proactive intentional approach to life
  • Engaging moral actions
  • Intrinsic motivation to learn
  • Moral leadership with long-term responsibility

A child’s earliest years are when his or her character is influenced the greatest, making character development an integral part of education at all levels and ages.

Fairmont Private Schools — Bringing Out the Best in Orange County Youth

Character development is a core facet of education at Fairmont Private Schools. From guidance on the sports field to motivation in the classroom, our students are assisted in developing a strong character along every step of the way.
Book a tour at our Fairmont Preparatory Academy, Anaheim Hills, Historic Anaheim or North Tustin campuses, and see firsthand the impact a school like Fairmont can have on your child’s developing future.

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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.”