Leveraging  Lessons Learned... and Igniting​ ​Innovation

Leveraging Lessons Learned... and Igniting​ ​Innovation

Jul 30, 2020

The landscape of education evolved once again on July 17, when the governor issued a directive concerning when Orange County schools would be able to reopen with students on campus. While many schools struggle to keep up with the rapid changes brought about by COVID-19, leaders of Fairmont Schools feel their five campuses -- including the new preschool through grade 12 location in San Juan Capistrano -- are uniquely positioned to pivot and thrive in this challenging time.

Experience Plus Innovation

Voted Orange County’s ​Best Private School​ for five consecutive years, Fairmont has been a leader in private school education since its founding in 1953. Nearly 70 years’ experience equates to many lessons learned. So when the winds of education shift, as they are right now, no school is better-equipped to respond than Fairmont. As Orange County’s largest and oldest private school group, Fairmont is poised to provide its innovative individualized learning experience to students, ​regardless of the method of delivery​.

Ready for Remote

Building upon an already-strong remote program, the school invested heavily in technology and training to elevate the level of instruction it can provide to students who will be learning from home this fall. Small classes, differentiated learning, and rigorous curriculum are part of Fairmont’s “tried and true” formula for producing successful students of all ability levels. It’s a formula that has served students well for decades, and it’s one that has been integrated into the school’s remote learning program.

Another thing that sets Fairmont apart is the lengths its teachers and staff go to in caring for the overall well-being of students. “​This has always been important, but perhaps never more so than it is right now,” ​said Chad Jackson, Fairmont’s president. ​“Supporting our students’ social and emotional needs is key to our remote instruction.”

Prepared to Reopen

When Orange County schools are cleared to have students return, Fairmont will open the doors of its new San Juan Capistrano campus with a plan that ensures safety is paramount​ ​and students come first. At that time, Fairmont will be offering ​in-person instruction --​ ​five days a week and full days with experienced teachers​, further differentiating itself from almost every other school in south Orange County.

Fairmont’s teachers and administrators have been hard at work researching best practices for reopening, from sanitation and logistics to teacher training and technology. The school’s Reopening Task Force continues to consult extensively with medical and education experts, while monitoring local, state and federal guidelines to ensure its campuses can open safely. That plan includes everything from “the basics” (such as the use of social distancing, face coverings, and rigorous sanitation) to incorporating physical enhancements (such as the installation of touchless restroom fixtures).

“We are living through very challenging times, but Fairmont’s focus hasn’t shifted,” said David Jackson, Fairmont’s chairman. “Our students come first, and our teachers and staff have been working tirelessly to ensure everyone’s return to school exceeds expectations -- regardless of whether a child learns from home or in the classroom.”


Fairmont is now enrolling P-12th grade students for the 2020-21 school year across its family of schools in Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, North Tustin and San Juan Capistrano. To learn more visit fairmontschools.com or call 714-234-2771 to schedule a tour.