A Tight Community

When seeking out high schools or even colleges, people often ask what they should be looking for that makes it special. What is that one thing that puts one school above another? The short answer is that there is not just one thing that makes any school better than another. It is just like buying a vehicle, maybe you need a truck to haul stuff around or tow a boat, but perhaps someone else wants a hybrid because they have a long commute. Both vehicles are good, but they serve a unique purpose and will appeal to different people for different reasons.

There is one way to figure out if a school is right for you and your family and this goes equally for high school and college, community. Yes, community! Although it’s a pretty vague word, it gets to the point across quickly. What does that community value? How will they go about not just educating you in the classroom, but also in those non-formal situations? What values and experiences do you want to have during school? It’s great to earn all “A” grades, but when the real world comes knocking, are you ready to respond?

For some students, an ideal community is large with a wide variety of activities, classes, and personalities to engage. Other students prefer something a bit smaller where teachers know who you are and you have the chance to dip your toe into a wide variety of activities and interests. Whatever your preferences, make sure you take advantage of that community. Get to know people, not just classmates, but teachers, counselors, coaches, advisors, and anyone else on campus.

The benefit of a tight community, like Fairmont Prep, is that you can do a lot of different things and pursue a variety of interests. People choose to work and attend a school like Fairmont because they care and they want to be involved and engaged. This means that during the tough times that you don’t need to go it alone. Heck, if you are sick for a week, we can work with you to ensure that you don’t fall behind in your work. It means more people to turn to for a recommendation or advice. There is no denying the incredible benefit that the Fairmont family can provide, and we hope you will get a chance to see it firsthand soon.


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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.”