Our Story

In The Beginning

From an idea that first evolved from the Holt family, Fairmont Private Schools has emerged as the largest, nonsectarian private school in Orange County.

Coming from a line of educators, Kenneth W. Holt became a public school teacher. After that, Mr. Holt started his own summer school class in June 1953. Working out of his own home’s converted garage, he focused on teaching phonics and maintaining the best academic standards.


As a result, in 1955 he opened Fairmont Private Schools. Currently, the school is known as the Historic Anaheim Campus. The school is recognized by the Moreton Bay fig tree that towers over the grounds and stands as symbol of the school’s rich history.

Over the next 60, the once tiny school grew significantly. As a result, the school continues enriching the lives of thousands of families and opening doors for students to attend top colleges and universities in the United States and around the world.

Fairmont Historic Anaheim Morton Bay Fig

A Family Affair

In 1979, Mr. David Jackson (Mrs. Holt’s oldest son) stepped into the role of President. As a result, he continued expanding the school’s excellent reputation. The school proudly remains a family-run private school. And it maintains the distinctive, welcoming feel throughout all five campuses.

After Mr. Jackson stepped down in 2018, Chad Jackson (David Jackson’s youngest son) took over as President. His personal goal is to be of service to our students and parents. He works to ensure that everyone has access to outstanding educational resources, individualized learning, and the best-trained faculty possible.


The Tradition Lives On

Today, students at all five campuses are encouraged to Pave their Paths toward academic and social success. Each student who walks through Fairmont’s doors receives the individualized attention and preparation they need to grow and succeed.