Fairmont Education Group

Fairmont Education Group is family-owned and continues to be family-operated in its sixth decade of business. The original Fairmont Private School campus was founded in 1953 by public school educator, Kenneth Holt, who began offering summer school instruction to a handful of students out of his home. His focus on academic fundamentals, phonics-based language arts instruction, and character development attracted the attention of local parents and ultimately grew into a full-time school program at what is now the Fairmont Private Schools - Historic Anaheim Campus in Anaheim, California. In 1979, the family appointed second-generation family member, David Jackson as owner and leader of Fairmont. Over the next 30 years, David grew Fairmont from one to five campuses throughout North Orange County, California. This expansion included Fairmont Preparatory Academy, Fairmont’s first private high school in 1993. Today, the Fairmont Education Group includes multiple divisions of educational services. These divisions include independent schools (Fairmont Private Schools), international education partnerships and programs (Fairmont International School), and hybrid learning services (Thesys International).


In 2014, Fairmont Education Group established a Wholly Foreign Owned Entity (WFOE) in mainland China, with the name Empowering Dreams (Shanghai) Cultural Communications Co. Ltd. Fairmont's WFOE allows us to work with schools in China to facilitate the growth of international departments and to share what we've learned in over 60 years of educating young minds.

  • 1952

    Fairmont Private Schools is founded by Kenneth & Helen Holt in Anaheim, California.

  • 1967

    Citron Campus (p-K) is established in historic downtown Anaheim (originally named Radcliff Hall)

  • 1979

    David Jackson, the son of Fairmont’s founders, becomes the head of Fairmont Private Schools and opens additional school campuses.

  • 2000

    Fairmont enrolls 2,000th student

  • 2001

    Fairmont becomes SEVIS approved and enrolls its first international student.

  • 2003

    Fairmont opens a special program for international students, Fairmont International Academy, due to overwhelming interest.

  • 2004

    Robertson Chandler joins Fairmont as Chief Executive Officer.

  • 2009

    FAIRMONT INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION PROUDLY PARTNERS WITH BEIJING 21ST CENTURY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, ITS FIRST OVERSEAS JOINT DIPLOMA PROGRAM SCHOOL.

  • 2011

    Fairmont Private Schools is honored with a Los Angeles Times Reader’s Choice Award for elementary education.

  • 2012

    Lucy Liu, a Fairmont Joint Diploma Program teacher at the Beijing 21st Century International School is elected by The College Board as the sole Chinese AP Exam Reader for Computer Science.

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