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 four 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 four 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.

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.”