Have you made your summer plans? Whether you are looking for a recreational summer camp experience to keep your child engaged or needing to boost academic skills with summer school, there’s a place for your child at Fairmont. Here are the Top 10 reasons why Fairmont’s summer programs may be the perfect solution for keeping children on track and off screens once school gets out..

Ready for the ed-venture to begin? Learn more or register here.

Reason #1: ACA Summer Camp Accreditation

Fairmont’s summer camp for kids is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), the nation’s premier accrediting organization for organized camps. An ACA accreditation means that a summer camp has met high standards for safety, health, and quality of programming, as evaluated by a jury of its peers. It also signifies that the summer camp has undergone an in-depth review of its summer program — from staff qualifications and training to emergency preparedness — so parents can know that their kids are in good hands.

Reason #2: Honored as “Best Day Camp”

Fairmont’s summer camp (available to grades P-8) has been met with rave reviews over its many years of operation. But don’t just take our word for it — listen to the voice of the people! Our program has been voted best in class in Parenting OC’s annual poll a total of five times! Keep reading and you’ll understand why.

Reason #3: Exemplary COVID safety protocols

While most summer camps were cancelled last summer, Fairmont successfully and SAFELY operated an in-person summer camp experience, abiding by stringent governmental regulations. Our summer camp program also followed the best practices of the American Camp Association, whose recent study of 486 ACA camps nationwide found that there were only 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among their 90,000 campers in summer 2020.

Last fall, when classrooms across the state were almost universally shut down, Fairmont was granted a waiver by county health officials to reopen for in-person instruction. This speaks to the rigor of our safety measures, along with the school’s implementation of them, to safeguard students and staff. Since that time, Fairmont has continuously met or exceeded safety guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities, making its summer school program one which parents can have confidence in. Check out Fairmont’s COVID-19 dashboard which shows the number of confirmed cases among in-person students and staff.

Reason #4: Multiple locations throughout Orange County

Whether you’re looking for an action-packed variety of arts and crafts, sports, and team-building summer camp activities or an opportunity to build academic confidence and boost achievement for the coming year, Fairmont has you covered. And with five campus locations throughout Orange County, there is a summer camp near you! Learn more about Fairmont’s campuses here.

Reason #5: Dozens of for-credit high school courses

Students (including incoming freshmen) can choose from a range of for-credit courses,  which are UC approved, and WASC accredited, at our summer programs for high school students. Small class sizes and a robust platform set your student up for success whether he or she is taking a highly academic course like Honors Chemistry or a less rigorous one such as Health. Check out the courses being offered (either in person or remotely) through each of our two high school campuses: Fairmont Preparatory Academy and Fairmont San Juan Capistrano.

Reason #6: Experienced Fairmont teachers

While small class sizes and a great curriculum may get students on the road to success, it’s caring, dedicated teachers who guide them every step along the way at our summer school. Fairmont’s teachers are credentialed practitioners of the art and science of education. They are second to none at blending time-honored fundamentals with innovative approaches to learning — all the while balancing intellectual growth with social and emotional wellbeing. This summer is important to your child’s academic growth. Be sure you entrust it to well-deserving educators.

Reason #7: Well-trained camp counselors

With nearly seven decades in collective camp leadership, Fairmont’s summer team brings the level of experience and understanding of education you want for your child. They also come with an innovative, out of the box way of thinking, which keeps things fresh and exciting at our summer camps for kids. Every counselor has completed an extensive interview process (including fingerprinting and background checks with the Department of Justice and FBI) and comprehensive training (including CPR and first aid certification for summer camp directors, along with diversity and safety awareness training for all staff).

Reason #8: Fun + Learning + Social Connection

Fairmont’s award-winning summer camps for kids combine the fun of traditional camp activities with an intentional focus on building a sense of community and belonging. They also have the added richness of academic learning opportunities — something which differentiates Fairmont’s offering from others’. Chris Keramidas, Summer Program Director, explains that Fairmont’s summer camp includes a hands-on science lesson every day.

“The kids are totally engaged and their curiosity is piqued,” said Keramidas. “This allows us to weave in relevant scientific concepts during an activity. It’s kind of stealth, but kids walk away having learned something of value.”

Reason #9: Catch up or get ahead academically

At the younger grades, summer school provides the perfect opportunity to spend a few hours a day staying sharp. Fairmont’s elementary and middle summer school programs help students build academic confidence while reinforcing core reading, writing, and math skills. At our summer programs for high school students, teens — including incoming freshmen — can get a jump on next year and boost their knowledge and transcripts. For students who experienced some amount of learning loss during the pandemic (the COVID Slide), Fairmont’s summer school affords them the chance to build competencies in subjects they struggle with. Our summer school classes are taught by Fairmont instructors who are pros at differentiating instruction to help each student feel comfortable, make progress, and regain ground.

Reason # 10: Flexible programming with extended hours

“My child needs the engagement and interaction of a summer camp. But he also needs the academics that he can only get in summer school.”

No problem! Fairmont offers a combination program so kids can experience all of the fun and connectedness of a camp PLUS the structured academic learning available only through summer school (in-person and remote options). Parents who need a little extra time in their day can also take advantage of extended care, offered both before and after regular hours.

Ready for the ed-venture to begin? Learn more or register here. Contact Chris Keramidas for more information at summer@fairmontschools.com.