About Fairmont


Since 1953, Fairmont has been focused on one thing – our students. It’s a focus that has served our families well for generations, and we believe it’s more important now than ever before, as we prepare our students for success in the 21st century.

  • Our secular, co-educational P-12 educational program balances time-honored fundamentals with innovative approaches to learning, taking into account intellectual as well as social and emotional growth.
  • We employ caring, passionate educators who participate in rigorous training and mandatory yearly evaluation to ensure each child has an A+ teacher every year.
  • Fairmont provides award-winning academics as well as numerous opportunities for children to explore their unique talents through the arts, athletics, and special programs like robotics, and speech and debate.
  • Fairmont is a safe place for high achievers AND late bloomers. We embrace a growth mindset and believe in the rewards of working hard, taking risks, and never giving up!
  • We celebrate our diverse campus communities and foster a spirit of teamwork and mutual respect.
Ken &Amp; Helen Holt Fairmont Schools


Fairmont was founded in 1953 by public school educator Kenneth Holt. He pushed for greater instructional autonomy and the freedom to extend the curriculum to propel his students’ learning forward. When he was unsuccessful petitioning for change in the public school system, he started a summer program at his Anaheim home to help his students advance. It was wildly popular with its families, who convinced Mr. Holt to remodel his house and open a new school in September that very same year. His passionate project had become a school!


A Legacy Begins

Word spread and the demand for what Fairmont was offering led Mr. Holt to take a risk and purchase a larger space — the historic Carroll Estate on Mable Street near downtown Anaheim. The first Fairmont campus opened in September, 1955 with 65 students, spanning kindergarten through 8th grade. Mr. Holt was Fairmont’s principal, classroom teacher, bus driver, and janitor. His wife Helen Holt served as the school secretary, nurse, and accountant. Family members and children pitched in to support the growing school community. Times weren’t always easy, but Mr. Holt was unwilling to give up on his students – and that same grit, determination, and perseverance continues to propel the school forward today.

David Jackson Fairmont Schools

A New Leader

In 1979, David R. Jackson stepped into his stepfather’s shoes as Fairmont’s leader. Instead of an educator like Mr. Holt, Mr. Jackson was a visionary entrepreneur who channeled his innovative spirit into multiple business ventures before turning his attention to the family school. Mr. Jackson expanded Fairmont’s portfolio to include campuses in Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, and North Tustin, and broadened grade offerings to include preschool through 12th grade. Under his leadership, Fairmont began welcoming students from around the world into a growing language learning program. And in 2020, his dream to add a South Orange County school to the Fairmont family became a reality with the purchase of the San Juan Capistrano campus.

Ken &Amp; Helen Holt Fairmont Schools

Shared Vision

Mr. Jackson and his wife Stacey saw their own family grow with their family of schools to include 5 children and 13 grandchildren – the majority of whom live nearby and continue to attend or work at Fairmont Schools. In 2018, Chad Jackson stepped into a leadership role as Fairmont’s President, guided by his father’s and grandfather’s original vision of learning without limits. A former teacher at Fairmont and in the public school system, Chad continues to drive innovation in order to provide students the very best educational opportunities, while empowering teachers to make life-changing connections with their students.

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Culture of Excellence

Founded on innovation, Fairmont propels student success in the US and around the world.

We Are Family

Fairmont meets children where they are and gives them the opportunity to thrive. We can’t wait to meet you!

Continuum of Learning

Five dynamic campuses in Orange County, CA offering individualized instruction for P-12th grade students.

Anaheim Hills Campus (Preschool - 8th Grade)
Historic Anaheim Campus (Preschool - 8th Grade)
North Tustin Campus (Pre-K - 8th Grade)
Preparatory Academy (9th - 12th Grade)
San Juan Capistrano Campus (Preschool - 12th Grade)
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Developing Leaders

Fairmont's scholar-athletes compete in a manner that promotes teamwork, nurtures leadership, and honors sportsmanship.

Cultivating Creativity

Whether exploring visual art, music, theatre or dance, Fairmont encourages creative expression from an early age.

Balance + Connection

Students are challenged to strive for their best, understanding that care for self and others is fundamental to success in school and in life.


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Culture of Excellence

Founded on innovation, Fairmont propels student success in the US and around the world.