Stepping into First Grade Success with Fairmont Schools

Cue the spotlight, parents! Your little learner just took their final bow in kindergarten and will soon be stepping into the limelight of first grade. The transition from kindergarten to first grade marks a significant leap in your child’s academic journey – including important stepping stones in academic and social-emotional development which will lay the foundation for future learning.

You want your child to excel in their education with a performance that is worthy of a standing ovation. But have you considered whether their current school is the best environment to facilitate this level of success? 

Imagine for a moment your child attending a school with seven decades of proven results, where they could learn at least one year ahead of their grade level. Imagine a vibrant environment where instruction is delivered by talented, caring teachers who balance intellectual as well as social-emotional growth. Imagine a place where your young learner can explore their budding talents and discover new interests through multiple enrichment opportunities.

Imagine your first grader at Fairmont Schools!

Stepping Into First Grade Success With Fairmont Schools

Why Fairmont?

  • Individualized Instruction – Students are assessed multiple times a year and their curriculum is tailored to meet them where they are – from the highest achiever to the late bloomer. 
  • Accelerated Curriculum – Ability grouping and special programs for acceleration or remediation enable students to work, on average, at least one year ahead of their grade level.
  • Class Sizes – A low student-to-teacher ratio allows children to get the personal attention they need (and deserve!).
  • Specialty Classes – First graders benefit from weekly enrichment classes – Art, Computers, Library, Music, Physical Education, Science & STEM Lab, and Spanish or Mandarin – taught by specialty teachers.

Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Still, you may have some concerns about changing schools at this stage of your child’s education. That’s understandable. But you might be surprised to learn that there are actually some opportunities for growth that accompany moving to a new school for first grade:

  • Fostering Independence – A different school setting empowers a child to embrace independence, empowering personal growth and fostering heightened confidence.
  • Building Social Skills – The transition can serve as a practical lesson in making new friends, an essential part of social-emotional learning at this age.
  • Ideal Timing – Making a switch to a new school in the summer between kindergarten and first grade enables a smooth transition that corresponds with the shift to a more structured learning environment.
  • Developmentally Appropriate Transition – Children are naturally adaptable at this age. They often adjust to new environments more easily than older children.

All of this leads to developing a solid growth mindset, building the foundation of both hard and soft skills that lead to success as a student and in the wider world.

Are you ready to imagine your first grader at Fairmont Schools? We invite you to schedule a campus tour! Contact Jennie Han at or schedule an appointment on her calendar. We can’t wait to meet you!

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Anaheim Hills Campus (Preschool - 8th Grade)
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North Tustin Campus (Pre-K - 8th Grade)
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Students are challenged to strive for their best, understanding that care for self and others is fundamental to success in school and in life.


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