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9-12
Private
Anaheim, CA
Students enrolled: 645
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2200 W Sequoia Ave
Anaheim, CA 92801

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(714) 515-3466
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May 07, 2015
My daughter was transferred to FPA as a freshman during the second half of the year, coming from a public school system. I am very pleased about how the teaching staff and the students have made her feel welcome immediately. Although she was originally nervous about the workload, she has transformed into a serious student almost overnight. She studies longer and works harder for her grades than I have ever seen her done. At her previous public school, she hardly did homework at home. Now, she has been doing homework every day right after school --- on her own, without me reminding her. She learns how to plan ahead and even asked to take summer schools. I cannot believe how much she has changed just from being around her peers who are serious students. She is much more self-motivated and serious about her college plan now that she knows the stiff competition out there for a good university. She will be able to carry that determination with her wherever she goes. Proud and happy mom, S.E.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2015
Fairmont Prep Academy offers wonderful opportunities for my kids. They are very involved in so many aspects of the school. Whatever it is that they want to do at Fairmont they are able to because it is encouraged and actually possible for them. Fairmont is known for being focused on academics because of the support they receive from their teachers and counselors and they offer many advanced courses. This allows them to achieve their academic goals. Many of the kids are getting accepted to top schools its amazing to watch these kids grow and do so well!

- submitted by a parent
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February 19, 2015
Fairmont Preparatory Academy is a close-knit learning community where a culture of excellence, a diversified curriculum, and many talented and passionate educators give students an exceptional learning experience. We believe that students come first and always work towards meeting their individual needs. There is a high level of professionalism among the teachers and staff. They hold high expectations for themselves and their students. The success stemming from this accountability is remarkable. Academically, our students achieve some of the highest standardized test scores in Orange County. Our unique and relevant college prep programs include International Business, Advanced Science and Engineering, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced Math. We excel in debate and academic pentathlon competitions. Led by professional engineers, Fairmont Prep s Robotics Program explores the continuous progression of technology. Students blend creativity with physics, computer programming, science, engineering, and other academic principles to solve daunting technical challenges and build robots of their design. Our music, art, science, and sports programs have received recognition across Orange County. Many students have earned awards at science fairs, sports tournaments, debate and speech competitions, art shows, and performing arts productions.

- submitted by a school leader

November 06, 2013
I graduated from Fairmont Prep about 10 years ago and believe that the great faculty here really had a positive impact on the way that I think and live my life today. The environment at Fairmont enables motivated students to grow intellectually and prepares them for the real world. Although the teachers are excellent, it is ultimately up to the students to determine what they get out of the experience of attending Fairmont Prep. Don't expect Fairmont or any other school to make your child a successful student; it's up you (the parents). The resources are all there; excellent faculty and facilities. I recommend Fairmont Prep to any parent serious about their child's development.

- submitted by a community member

May 27, 2013
The school is awesome. The complaints listed below are students who have either dropped out due to academic reasons, or the curriculum was too challenging for a student who only attended rarely. Fairmont Prep has high standards for attendance and academics and rate extremely high for technology. There ARE way too many Asian students in attendance, however, and I'd like to see more diversity.

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2013
I went here from 200-2003. The school is a joke. I graduated with above 3.0 and didnt learn a single thing.

- submitted by a community member

September 19, 2012
My son is very disappointed with Fairmont Preparatory Academy. Very. He has explained day and day what a sad school it is. The faculty and staff, let alone the admissions people continue to tout it, but the reality is really something far, far lower. Who do they think they are kidding??? If we hadn't been in such a rush to find a private school in our area as the public schools are not worth it, we would have known better to ask pertinent questions and not been fooled. I encourage you if you are parents to request detailed information regarding school demographics such as domestic vs. international student numbers. They tout diversity, but for an American school where English is a seond or third language, what's the point? DO NOT ENROLL HERE! We are sorry we ever did and now looking else where for him to transfer to!

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2012
Education is the greatest give a parent can give to their child. And yes, like some have stated on this blog, it can be expensive. We truly believe that every dollar we have put into my child's education at Fairmont is worth it! Both my husband and I feel that we all have been very grateful to be a part of this organization, in fact it's actually become more of a family to us. Our child has attended FPS since pre-school and is very fortunate to be surrounded in an environment where everyone is there to help the students become successful with their high school and college outcome. The resources available to the students are incredible; the Prep Plus Program is a list of afterschool activities that is included in your tuition; this even includes tutoring! And the new counseling center that offers a ratio of 1 counselor to 80 students is unheard of !!! Fairmont Private Schools: Keep up the fantastic job you do, not only your students but for us parents too! I truly encourage any parent that is looking for academic excellence and well roundness for their child to take a look here, we've been very, very happy.

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2012
Hi I am international student who attends to this school. I been in fairmont for more than a year and a half. I went to jr. high and now i am a prep student. First of all, Fairmont 'does have' great teachers. However, some are just exaggerated teachers. Some of them cannot speak English fluently and has some kind of teaching problem. Secondly, it's toooo expensive! everything is just MONEY MONEY MONEY! my friend had to leave the school and school did not give her DEPOSIT money back! Lastly, there are tooo many International students who cannot speak English. they speak their own language which makes other students to feel left out and cannot improve our english skills. i sometimes feel that i am wasting money on this school. BE AWARE of the school!! some others call our school "FOB school" :P

- submitted by a community member

May 07, 2012
I graduated from Fairmont last year. I was a former student, so I was not concerned with tuition prices. I went to fairmont all of my life, so my parents were constantly paying the high tuition prices. Like most experiences in life, Fairmont is great if you choose to take advantage of all that they have to offer. Now that I'm in college, I can easily say that Fairmont spoiled me in a sense. Their large array of ready-to-listen counselors and teachers is now a much missed support system that I loved. Their academic programs like Cal's famous Calculus class makes me feel like a genius in my math classes now. Don't overlook their extracurriculars either. Fairmont is for people who want to excel.

- submitted by a community member

November 18, 2011
Fairmont's university outcomes speak for themselves. Have a look at the facts and you will see why it remains one of the best schools in the area. Fairmont is doing a superb job in producing well rounded students who are critical thinkers, keep up the great work!

- submitted by a community member

September 23, 2011
Our daughter used to attend Fairmont Prep last year, but there were and probably still are too many international students. The admissions director and headmaster basically stated, "Take it or leave." So we left! The tuition is extremely high for the lackluster quality of teaching and we were very disappointed. It would seem that they promote one thing and yet are truly another. I would not recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2011
This school seems to have ethical and financial problems. They over-charged the tuition ahead of time and lied about refunds, even upon cancellation. Parents beware! Be careful in your choice.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2010
I went to Fairmont back in the 80's (K-8) and I can still say to this day that I have an advantage over my peers because of the superior education I received. It is an incredible school and I still remember all of my teachers distinctly. I only wish that the high school had been open when I graduated from 8th grade.

- submitted by a community member

June 06, 2010
I am a long time Fairmont parent who has sent multiple children to this school. When my older kids went to the Prep, I thought this was a wonderful school and my kids where well prepared for college. My youngest child, however, has had a different experience. While my child will be prepared for college, the experience was not as good as my older childen had. I attribute this difference to the desire of the head master to have a football team at the school. As a result of this goal, the quality of students has gone down and with this difference has come more discipline and social issues. If I was choosing a high school today, I don't think I would pick this one as many of the reasons I liked Fairmont seem to be gone now.

- submitted by a parent

May 18, 2010
If you're a teacher looking for work, DO NOT apply for a job at this school. After multiple interviews and doing a sample lesson, I was offered a job to work there. Two weeks before the school year started, the school called me and said I didn't have a job. They said the contract I signed was null and that they were sorry but the enrollment numbers dropped lower than they expected. They are also the lowest paying school in the area. I have two MA's, a credential, and ten years teaching experience. I was offered 40K. That's why there's so much teacher turnover.

- submitted by a community member
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March 10, 2010
As a school administrator I was surprised to read the review about Fairmont Prep being overpriced. While Fairmont has increased tuition moderately over the past few years, we have been open about communicating the increase as lower than other private schools around the country who have had to increase tuition at higher rates due to loss in endowment and donation revenue. We have also been clear about the value that the increases support including new library resources, facility upgrades, the launch of our new Engineering Magnet, additional college counselors, etc. We have heard many positive things from parents and students this year who have been very pleased by these new programs and changes, and as a school, are proud to be delivering on our promise to provide the best possible college prep education to students in Southern California.

- submitted by a community member

March 05, 2010
For what they offer, this school is significantly overpriced. The administration has significantly raised tuition fees for the last two years and tacks on additional tuition for medical magnet students, as well. This is not the norm, though they would tell you it is. The teaching staff seems to change frequently, as well. There are better schools out there, IMO.

- submitted by a parent

February 17, 2010
I sent my daughter to Fairmont in the hopes she would develop better English skills. I later discover that almost 70% of the student body is Asian (a Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese mix) and these students do not integrate with each other. After two years (and two heavy tuition hikes), I saw no improvement in my child's English skills and moved her to Mater Dei where she has had a much more rounded experience. The faculty at Fairmont are competent, but the tuition is too high. Overall, I found the facilities lacking and the campus too small. The tuition keeps going

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2009
In preparation for college, my son attended Mr. Calavitta's Calculus Bootcamp and is now excelling in advanced caculus in college. Over half of the staff and faculty hold advanced degrees; they facilitate learning as opposed to delivering curriculum; students have multiple counsellors to guide them throughout high school and on to top colleges; student population is diverse yes but this prepares the kids for a real world college experience and global work place; multiple opportunities for the kids to get involved and really enjoy high school the way it should be. Why wouldn't you choose to have your student attend a school that can offer all of this?

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 20, 2009
Fairmont turns average students into super stars and has more super teachers than any in the country

- submitted by a community member

June 07, 2009
disrespectful teachers, money-hungry school, too small campus, a lot of stealing, some sexual problems among students, mean projects, enormous amount of homework, coldhearted office people, unreasonable detensions, greedy, extremely high tuition, lazy teachers, etc.

- submitted by a student

June 05, 2009
Fairmont is not worth the tuition; your child will definitely not be adequately educated for the $17,000+ you will be paying for tuition, uniform (which they for some reason hold to be more important than education itself), textbooks, books, etc. There are maybe 3 good teachers, but other than that they are rude, unhelpful, and condescending. Their clubs and other extra-curricular programs are sub-par. They will lie to you about how good their school is to get you to enroll. Do not fall for it. Fairmont is a money-hungry private school who will take any they can get for very petty reasons. I would not recommend sending your child there unless you are willing to donate a lot of money. Also, whatever you do, do not go for international school; they will show you absolutely no human decency.

- submitted by a student

January 18, 2009
Small campus with too many students some of teacher were so mean... and they give so many detention to student

- submitted by a student

December 05, 2008
Perfect place to raise a well-rounded child. They strike a perfect balance in this highly competitive environment where schools tend to soley focus on education.

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2007
The 7th and 8th grades are the most academic grades at the Prep. After 8th grade, a lot of students leave. But recently, Fairmont added a Medical Magnet Program with either IB or non IB for their good students. You need a 3.5+ GPA and strong in math and science to be qualified. The program director Dr. Katz actually has a MD degree and she is a great teacher. The Medical Magnet program will have its first year of graduates and it will be exciting to see the results. If you child wants to be in medical field, and you are comfortable with $17,000 tuition, this is a good program to go. As for the Prep, there are a lot of international students. They do have some good teachers though.

- submitted by a student

February 28, 2007
Some teachers are unthinking and disrespectful to students. The principle works with student only when giving detentions, barely nothing besides with students. Not quite diverse extra curricular activities. Downright poor facility for sports-NO swimming pool,NO tennis court,NO field. Very small campus with many students. The third highest tuition In Orange County, but NOT worth when compare to what you will get(USD 16,620/year-this does NOT include additional fees. Higher tuition required for ESL students. Tuition raises by every 1 or 2 years)

- submitted by a student

January 02, 2006
This is a great school! I'm so glad that my kids are at this school...great teachers and high quality kids.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2005
Very good school academically, majority of the students, however, are International. So it is very hard to have solid communication with the majority. This sometimes provides a problem for teachers, as they have to spend extra time translating to the transfer students. 7 out of 10 overall.

- submitted by a student

January 11, 2005
Great academic program for the serious student. Large international program overwhelms mainstream population. Opportunity to play most sports, small arts program. Travel program is unique and a great opportunity. Needs more ethnic diversity for a balanced campus.

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2003
i went here - some good teachers and some bad

- submitted by a student

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Fairmont Preparatory Academy is a close-knit learning community where a culture of excellence, a diversified curriculum, and many talented and passionate educators give students a truly exceptional learning experience. We believe that students come first and always work towards meeting their individual needs. There is a high level of professionalism among the teachers and staff. They hold high expectations for themselves and their students.

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Fairmont Preparatory Academy
2200 W Sequoia Ave, Anaheim, CA  92801
(714) 515-3466
Last modified Fairmont Preparatory Academy is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Fairmont Preparatory Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top