Fairmont’s Boarding community fosters student independence and growth in a safe, structured home-like environment.

Blending traditional student housing with a caring, well-supervised family atmosphere, Boarding students develop independence within a community. Students study and live alongside each other, and together enjoy a well-rounded immersion experience. Residences are separate for girls and boys, and a Fairmont community member lives in each Boarding home and serves as the “Resident Parent.” The Boarding program is open to students in grades 9 – 12.

“My Boarding life is like an open door to something new that I haven’t discovered. Here, I get to meet new friends and they are like my second family now. Besides these valuable memories, I’ve learned to be more independent. This might be the thing that I am most proud of, and I think my mom would agree too!”
– Hong Anh Nguyen



Boarding students enjoy the following benefits and amenities:

  • Safe and caring home environment with room for independent study
  • A supportive Resident Parent from the Fairmont community
  • Daily professionally-catered, nutritionally-balanced meals
  • Private van/shuttle service to and from school and for planned weekend excursions

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The Boarding Team

For more information about the Fairmont Boarding Program, please contact:

Andrea Cribbs
Housing Manager
(714) 234-2742

Andrea Cribbs

Housing Manager
(714) 234-2742

Andrea has been with Fairmont since 2003 and is the architect of the current Homestay Program. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Andrea has lived in both the U.S. and Europe, and was an exchange student living in homestays in France in both high school and college. She has traveled to England, Wales, Scotland, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Turkey; and she has lived in Illinois, Massachusetts, New York City, Los Angeles, Long Beach, London, and Paris. Andrea has two children — both of whom attend Fairmont Schools. Their family enjoys a very active lifestyle that includes many sports, hiking, and camping. Andrea speaks English and French.

Get To Know the Resident Parents

Ruben Escobar

Resident Parent
Stanford House

Ruben graduated from the University Institution of Envigado, Colombia with a Bachelors in Law. When he relocated from Florida to California in 2014, he started working in the Facilities Department at Fairmont Schools. Since then, he has made sure that the campus looks its best every day! Because soccer is a passion for Ruben, in 2016 he began coaching the high school girls soccer team as well as refereeing for local leagues around Orange County.

“I am excited to provide care for our boarding students and make their experience fantastic!”

Ruben speaks English and Spanish.

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