Fairmont TEC

As leaders in academic excellence, Fairmont Private Schools continues to seek the most innovative and effective learning tools for our students.

Students of this generation learn and engage in education differently than students in the past. The Preparatory Academy and junior high campuses (grades 6-8) utilize iPads as a means to enhance our curriculum and your child’s learning. The path to implementing this tool has been very purposeful and aligned with your child’s best interests. Fairmont believes that the use of this technology helps to build 21st century learning skills, including critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity, and prepares your student for higher education and future careers.

kids playing on ipad in classroom

The Prep TEC Program

The TEC (Technology-Enhanced Curriculum) program was created to investigate the best technology tools for the classroom, provide training for our faculty, and carefully plan for use of these tools in the classroom as part of a three-step program. While we do not believe that the iPad is the solution to all education issues, this is one more tool that allows students to have a richer education experience. The iPad certainly does not take the place of the educator, but rather enhances student engagement and understanding and creates unique learning experiences.

Each student is expected to be prepared on the first day of school with the following:

An iPad dedicated to educational use. Apple offers a variety of iPad options. The newest iPad is the iPad Air 2, which comes with up to 64GB of memory. Apple also offers the new iPad Pro, which is a slightly larger version of the iPad, available with up to 256GB of memory. Apple is phasing out support for older models of the iPad and they are becoming incompatible with some of the apps and tools your student will need to use. In addition, the iPad Mini is not a good option for educational purposes, as the screen is really too small for most of the activities that your student will be doing using the iPad.

The iPad your student brings to class must have at least 32GB of capacity and be at least a fifth generation model iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Pro with iOS 11 installed.

A ready-to-use iPad. Please setup the iPad in advance of the start of the school year. You may use a current Apple ID or establish a new Apple ID for this iPad. Your Apple ID must utilize an American email address in order to access the US iTunes store to purchase and download the required apps. We recommend using your Fairmont email address if you do not already have an established Apple ID. For younger students, we recommend that a parent’s Apple ID be used for safety purposes and to allow parents to better manage and monitor downloads and purchases. Please make sure the iPad is updated to the latest iOS 11.

Apps and eBooks for each class. Each student is responsible for downloading any apps or eBooks required for each class as specified by each teacher and for updating them regularly. In addition, the following apps are required and should be downloaded before the start of the school year:

  • Free apps – iBooks, Blackboard, iTunes U, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Socrative, Nearpod
  • To Purchase – iAnnotate ($9.99), Explain Everything ($2.99), iMovie ($4.99), Book Creator ($4.99).
  • Additional apps may be required by your student’s instructors.

Fairmont will continue to offer each student the following:

Digital citizenship training. As part of our increased efforts to keep our students safe and responsible while accessing online tools and resources, Fairmont will be teaching our 6th-8th grade students valuable lessons in digital citizenship. We have partnered with Common Sense Media to help provide us with a research-based scope and sequence that will ensure we are covering the most important topics that affect our young people as they explore and navigate cyberspace.

Technical support while on campus and email support while off campus. Each student will have access to hardware and software support, as well as help for troubleshooting and customization.

Multiple training sessions for students and parents. We will offer an Introduction to Your iPad session at the beginning of the school year, as well as multiple training sessions throughout the year touching on security features, parental controls, using the iPad as an organizational tool with your student, and many more topics.

An enhanced classroom experience. The iPad has been demonstrated to increase student engagement, improve student motivation, and provide the potential to empower and uplift students in their learning. In the hands of our outstanding educators, the iPad is a wonderful tool that can help to develop critical thinking skills, unleash student creativity, and enable more comprehensive and meaningful communication and collaboration.

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.”