Fairmont’s Athletic Academy officially launched this week at the San Juan Capistrano campus, paving the way for middle school elite athletes to receive training, conditioning, and sports-specific skill-building — all during the course of their regular school day. The program combines our award-winning academics with world-class training powered by our partner, The Treigning Lab.

Families are invited to tour the facilities and meet our coaches and trainers on Thursday, September 17 for personal tours of our facility (one household of no more than four at a time), as well as a brief meeting to discuss your athlete’s needs.

School Day Sports Training

“High school athletics are becoming more competitive than ever,” said Fred Romo, who directs the new program. “Younger athletes who are involved in elite club or travel sports programs are looking to increase their athletic performance to prepare for high school, but doing so means hours of extra practice and training time added on top of the school day.”

So, we came up with a unique solution. Fairmont Athletic Academy prepares middle school athletes for high school level sports during normal school hours, so many students will have completed their daily workout by the time the dismissal bell rings. “We’re giving them back more time for their personal lives and after-school studies,” said Romo. “All those late nights on the field, court, or in the gym for after-school training are a thing of the past with this program.”

And the best part? With a Fairmont education, our students aren’t sacrificing their academic instruction for sports training. It’s all part of a well-rounded package that prioritizes both.

Individualized, Science-Based Approach

We’ve partnered with The Treigning Lab, a world-class performance training center that works with top-level professional, collegiate, and Olympic athletes. Fairmont is the only school in the country with access to The Treigning Lab’s science-based methods that create an individualized program for each of our student-athletes. Learn more about these methods in our interview with the center’s founder.

Athletic Academy students also work with a certified strength & conditioning coach and a full-time athletic trainer. They are on-hand to ensure student health and safety as our students build upon their skills and work towards their athletic goals.

Designed with the Student-Athlete in Mind

Another distinctive feature of Fairmont Athletic Academy is the caliber of academics available to its participants. “Academically, we are the strongest academy in Southern California,” said Fairmont President Chad Jackson. “Other school academies rely on online charter schools to deliver the educational component. Our program doesn’t compromise on academic quality.”

Students who participate in the program take core courses in math, science, English, social science, and world language or leadership. In order to fit training time into regular school hours, the instructional minutes which would normally be devoted to elective courses are redirected to both general and sport-specific training. 

“Student-athletes who attend Fairmont Athletic Academy will have a competitive edge over other incoming freshmen,” says Romo. “Students will be prepared physically and academically to compete immediately in high school.”

To learn more about this innovative program, view this video and check out this more in-depth interview with Fred Romo.