About Fairmont Summer Programs

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Our Mission

At Fairmont Summer Programs, we inspire young minds with adventure and academic preparation while providing a safe environment where kids can make friends, have fun, try new things, and create lifelong memories.

64 Summers, 1 Goal

In 1953, Fairmont’s founder started a school with a mission to inspire and empower students to be their very best. In keeping with our founder’s vision, the Fairmont philosophy continues to encourage children to be inquisitive and to place no limits on what they can achieve. We believe summer is the perfect time to encourage children to take risks, try new things, make new friends…and parents can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that a caring and enthusiastic Fairmont teacher or counselor is at the wheel. Fairmont’s ACA-accredited camp, our renowned summer school, and a comprehensive line-up of enrichment courses provide dozens of options for customizing a summer experience that suits your child’s needs and your family’s schedule. Whether it’s building confidence in academic subjects at summer school or strengthening social skills at camp, your child will come away from summer at Fairmont feeling smart, self-assured and excited about learning.

Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

All Fairmont Private School campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC accredits over 4,500 public, independent, church-related, and private schools from preschools to universities. The WASC accreditation process fosters excellence in elementary, secondary, and higher education by encouraging school improvement. WASC accreditation recognizes schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research-based WASC criteria.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

Fairmont Summer Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), the leading authority in youth development working to preserve, promote, and improve the camp experience. ACA accreditation guarantees that Fairmont Summer Camp meets or exceeds over 200 standards for student health, safety, and program quality.

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Fairmont Summer Programs is a member of the Western Association of Independent Camps (WAIC).  WAIC is a group of independent day and resident camps in the Western United States.  All WAIC camps are accredited through the American Camp Association, and therefore meet the camp industry’s highest standards for safety, staffing, health, and programming.

Meet Our Amazing summer Team

Business Office

Diana Huff

Diana Huff

Summer Programs Manager

I am proud and delighted to say that “I have the best job in the world”! There is nothing more special than creating an environment where children are able to be creative, unplug, try new things, challenge themselves, make amazing friendships, and most importantly … have so much fun they don’t want to leave! As the Summer Programs Manager, I have the amazing privilege to see the wonder of summer from start to finish.  I have been with Fairmont Summer Programs since 2010 and oversee the summer school, camp, and enrichment programs at our four locations in Orange County. 2010 was the year I discovered the power of camp. Camp is a place where superheroes are born, silliness is encouraged, happiness can be found in the smallest of places, and we can all be masters of fun. My favorite part of the summer is Thursday Theme Day! I love seeing all the creative costumes and outfits our campers and counselors come up with. My dress up box is getting bigger and bigger every summer!

Ashleigh Rodgers

Ashleigh Rodgers

Summer Programs Coordinator

I have only been with Fairmont for one year, but it has been a wonderful year! I am so honored to be a part of Fairmont Summer Programs. It is an amazing group of programs and I have so much fun helping plan them over the entire year. Before working at Fairmont, I was with the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District for seven years working in their After School and Summer Programs. I have my B.S. in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Fullerton. Children are my passion and I just love seeing the looks on their faces when they experience something new and exciting at Summer Camp for the very first time!

Anaheim Hills Campus

Vicky Mantell

Vicky Mantell

Summer Camp Director, Anaheim Hills

I love summer camp! I have organized Fairmont’s summer programs for 15 years now and it only gets better. I have three children, Melissa, Michael and Miles and one grandchild, Ryland James and I absolutely LOVE my family and children. Sometimes I feel like I have 500 children because I feel personally responsible for them and love them like they are my own! All three of my children attended Fairmont Private School and Summer Programs and summer was always a highlight of their year. I love seeing our campers try new things and be amazed with their success. We offer a safe haven of fun and new experiences for your children to try. Our goal is to have your child exhausted and happy at the end of the camp day… and they fall asleep in your car!

 

Ryana Murch

Ryana Murch

Assistant Summer Camp Director, Anaheim Hills

I came to Fairmont Summer Camp fresh out of high school in 2015 and have not left since! I’ve enjoyed my time as a counselor, but I am so stoked and privileged to take on the new role of Assistant Camp Director. Between school and camp I am tuckered out, but it is worth the energy. It is extremely fulfilling to make a bond with these campers, and for us to make mutual impacts on each other’s lives. I love to see these kids come to camp and be excited to make friendships, get creative, and be active. I wish I could say that I was here solely for the kids, but if we’re being honest, they give me just as many memories, laughs, and friendships. That’s why I keep coming back to camp – the awesome campers and the outstanding team continuously put a smile on my face. This is the best job I have ever had, and I hope I can share this experience with many others!

Kim Maxwell

Kim Maxwell

Summer Preschool Director, Anaheim Hills

I started at Fairmont in February 2013, after 5 years of classroom teaching and 3 years of public school administration. My favorite part of Fairmont’s Summer Programs are the special visitors that come each week. It is so much fun to see the kids light up when they see all of the animals, crazy bubbles, and marionettes during the shows, and such a great opportunity for them to experience riding a pony, playing in a bounce house, learning yoga, and so many more fantastic programs!

Sherry Lin

Sherry Lin

Summer Elementary School Director, Anaheim Hills

Hello!  I have been with Fairmont for 5 years now, and I am so excited to kick off my third summer with Fairmont Summer Programs.  Before this, I taught internationally in Japan and Taiwan and within the US.  My favorite part of summer is meeting all the new faces of those who have never joined us before and catching up with the kids and families who come every year.  The brand new kiddos might come in a little timid and shy, but by the end of the week, they know the campus like the back of their hands and are begging to stay and play for just a little longer.  We are all counting down the days until we can welcome you back to the Fairmont Family!

Historic Anaheim Campus

Karen Saturday

Karen Saturday

Summer Camp Director, Historic Anaheim

I’ve been a Camp Director at Fairmont since 2004. Prior to that I was an art and computer counselor for Fairmont Summer Camp. I also serve as the Director of Student Services and Activities during the school year. I have two wonderful boys that keep me young (and tired)! I am an avid Angels and Kings fan and still am a die-hard New Kids on the Block fan. My favorite thing at camp is seeing the counselors make bonds with the campers. Each counselor is so unique in their style of working with kids. It is so awesome having a diverse staff that allows each camper to pick out a counselor that they really bond with!

Brittany Ickes

Brittany Ickes

Assistant Summer Camp Director, Historic Anaheim

I have worked with Fairmont Summer Programs for about 10 years and have been Assistant Camp Director for a few years now. Before I became the Assistant Camp Director I was the Art and Sports Counselor. During the school year I am the Student Services Lead. At Summer Camp, I love seeing the kids have so much fun with all of the different activities they get to participate in. Seeing their smiles makes my job the best job I have ever had!

Talia Lerma

Talia Lerma

Summer Preschool Director, Historic Anaheim

I have worked at Fairmont since 1998-18 years. My favorite part about summer at Fairmont is watching the little preschool children get so excited on water play days. The expressions on their faces when they play in the sprinklers, water tables, and small pools is priceless.

Kellie Cameron

Kellie Cameron

Summer Elementary School Director, Historic Anaheim

Fairmont has been my home for 17 years. I have spent my professional career as a public and private school educator and moved into administration a few years ago. My favorite role at Fairmont is mother. Not only are my children Fairmont students, but also I get to connect with all Fairmont students. I get to see them grow and stretch in all areas of school life. We share high-5s and hugs, and we share in the struggles too. This is one of my favorite parts—-because this is where we grow greater than we thought possible. My other favorite part is the jubilance that permeates the campus;it’s omnipresent and omnipotent, and truly, it is infectious. If you aren’t already a Fairmont family, I can assure you that from the first day on campus,you will find where you belong.

North Tustin Campus

Jordan Esparza

Jordan Esparza

Summer Camp Director, North Tustin

As a former camper and counselor, I’m thrilled to be Fairmont North Tustin’s summer camp director. This is my first year in this role and I’m looking forward to helping our students create lasting memories and develop new friendships. I attended Fairmont  from preschool through 12th grade and went on to get my B.A. from Chapman and M.A. from the University of San Francisco. During the school year I teach P.E. and advise ASB at North Tustin. Go Eagles!

Shawn Trinh

Shawn Trinh

Assistant Summer Camp Director, North Tustin

This is my third year at the North Tustin Fairmont campus. Prior to my role as Summer Camp Assistant Director, I was the science counselor. During the school year, I assist elementary teachers and co-teach junior high physical education. I absolutely enjoy challenging every child and most of all, running down the halls, being silly, being active, and creating blissful memories with the campers. It is truly the best when campers and parents share a smile at the end of each camp day.
Kristen Jansen

Kristen Jansen

Summer Preschool Director, North Tustin

I have spent quite a few years at Fairmont, first teaching kindergarten in 2000.  I also taught JK and 5th grade at North Tustin and Anaheim Hills before leaving the classroom to be the Lead Administrator at the Historic Anaheim Preschool.  I have been the Director and the Preschool Director at the North Tustin campus since 2013.  Summer is one of my favorite times of the year.  Our little ones are SO enthusiastic for the adventures they go on each and every day.  Hope to see you soon!

Joanna Yujuico

Joanna Yujuico

Summer Elementary School Director, North Tustin

I’ve been lucky enough to be at Fairmont for the past 10 years!  I started as a teacher for 7 years, and then transitioned to Fairmont’s Education Department as Curriculum and Instruction specialist working with Preschool through 12th grade teachers developing Fairmont’s curriculum, standards, and resources. During that time, I also earned my Masters and Credential in Educational Administration. This past year, I was fortunate to return back to my “home” campus as Assistant Director. This summer I am excited to be the Summer School Director, and look forward the all of the fun and learning that will take place! I’m born and raised in Southern California, so my husband, my one year old son, Bradley, and I love playing at the beach and soaking up that sun and surf!

Parent Testimonals

I have been consistently pleased with both the academic offerings and the camp activities. The half day academic schedule is enough to keep the children’s brains active and engaged while not being overtaxing. The camp day is better than anything else I have looked at. The children are kept active and engaged all day long. In addition, the staff is first class. The staff learns each and every child’s name and personality very quickly. They truly care for the children. I am so very pleased that my children get to participate in Fairmont’s Summer Programs.

Andrea

Parent

Our family has attended Fairmont for eight years and we keep coming back. The summer program is excellent and many of our friends now bring their children over for the summer as well. The teachers are excellent and they bring enthusiasm, patience and encouragement to our children. Our children feel challenged but never discouraged. I am pleased to hear them when they express their love of math and writing camps, which is an unexpected bonus that warms my heart. Fairmont’s summer program allows for maximum flexibility with my own work schedule and I always feel that our children are engaged and not ‘babysat’. You can tell that the staff counselors really love their jobs and love to engage the children. It really is an exceptional program

Rebecca

Parent

I would like to say how happy I am and blessed to be able to send my son to Summer Camp at Fairmont. Jaden is very quiet and very shy. As a single mother, I struggle to send my son anywhere for 4 weeks each year, but I see how excited he gets each morning and how happy he is when I pick him up. It really brings him out of his shell. The counselors have been amazing, even after his first year, when he returned everyone already knew his name. He has made new friends along with his longtime friend, who already attends Fairmont School and Camp. Keep up the great work.

Karen

Parent

As both a camp counselor and a parent, Fairmont Summer Camp holds a dear place in my heart. It offers a safe environment for learning without the pressure of grades and deadlines, which means that kids can focus more on their interactions with other kids and learn to be part of a team. I consider myself very lucky to have witnessed kids experiencing and growing from the exciting activities on campus and fun field trips every summer. I have seen shy kids make new friends, I have seen nervous kids enthusiastically try new things, and I have seen followers become amiable leaders. Fairmont Summer Camp is truly a place where learning is synonymous with adventure, and it’s an awesome way to create lasting memories.

Aaron

Parent and Camp Counselor

My daughter, Samantha, is a Fairmont kid. This is her fourth year in school, summer camp, summer school and specialty workshops! We are truly believers in Fairmont’s fantastic programs and could not be happier with her educational and social success. The loving administration, teachers and staff are the best in the business and we could not be more proud to call Fairmont our home.

Carrie

Fairmont Alumnae and Parent

We have two children who have participated in the Fairmont Private School summer school and camp program for five consecutive years. It is an understatement to say we love the program and more importantly, both of our children have been enjoying the summer program at Fairmont every summer.  The program gives them a chance to keep up with school work, improve and accelerate their academic skills and to play at the same time.  They love to play with their friends and new campers from other surrounding schools.  They also enjoy different field trips on Fridays with their peers.

We can’t imagine what we would do without the Fairmont summer program since we both work full time.  We especially love the fact that Fairmont summer school not only provides an enjoyable day filling my kids idle time with both learning and entertainment activities, but also improves their reading and math skills ensuring their success in the coming academic year. The new Math and Reading enrichment program they participated in last year was a definite bonus.  We feel very safe leaving our children at the camp and the field trips with the camp counselors.  We look forward to another great summer this year.

Hyun

Parent