Fairmont Private Schools Is The Only K-12 IB Candidate School
In Orange County To Offer The Complete IB Continuum

Why IB at Fairmont?
Fairmont’s close-knit community, commitment to academic excellence, and small classes paired with the rich curriculum of the International Baccalaureate make us a leader in top-tier international education.

Based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme models, the Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme are suited for young, curious minds. All International Baccalaureate programs aim to develop internationally minded students.

Through its inquiry-led, transdisciplinary framework, the PYP challenges students to think independently and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.

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The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students aged 11-16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.

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The Diploma Programme (DP) develops students who have an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – 21st-century citizens who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

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Fairmont Candidacy

Fairmont is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision**.

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

**Mission Statement from the IB The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

For PYP Questions Contact Cody Norenberg

For MYP Questions Contact Rebecca Lugo

This policy sets out our commitment to ensuring that students with exceptional educational needs gain the necessary knowledge, skills, and attributes to achieve their highest level of learning.

Language is an essential tool for teaching and learning therefore all teachers at Fairmont Private Schools (FPS) are language teachers. Although English is the language of instruction, all languages are respected. Students are expected to become proficient in the language of the home country (English), and the acquisition of another language (Spanish/Mandarin) is offered as an option. Development of mother tongue language is encouraged.

An essential part of academic honesty is developing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to be academically honest. This includes learning the principles of paraphrasing and quotation, citing the work of others according to accepted conventions, and knowing what constitutes intellectual property and what limits are placed on the use of those properties.

Assessment is a practice that drives instruction and involves teachers, students and parents. Assessment measures student learning and informs stakeholders about an individual’s areas of strength and areas that are in development. Information from assessment is used to identify learning targets and plan curriculum. Fairmont Private Schools strives to develop assessment tasks that are authentic, that is, they are summative, specific, criterion related, varied, use of a range of measurement tools, and have real-world applications wherever possible.