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
- Convenient location near campus – less than 10 miles from door to door
The Boarding Team
Get To Know the Resident Parents
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.
Jacob & Amber Knopf
Mr. Jacob and Mrs. Amber are so excited to get to know you and where you come from. Some of their biggest goals for you in the program are to feel welcomed, cared for, and encouraged to be you! Mr. Jacob worked as RA for Fairmont’s Boarding program for five years prior to becoming a Dorm Parent. He currently works for the aviation industry and helps his company to make plane models. He enjoys movies, photography, hikes, and good conversations with new friends. Mrs. Amber is a full-time student working towards her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in children and adolescents. She enjoys taking care of her plants, watching scary movies, eating new food, and learning about all you. They are excited to have you in Yale Dorm this year!