Read what parents and graduates have to say about their experience at Fairhill School
Since kindergarten, it had been a struggle to find just the right school for both of our learning different children. When the time came for us to retire from the military and we decided to leave the Washington DC area, we specifically sought out a school that would support their learning differences. You could say Fairhill was one of the reasons we moved to Texas!
Since then, we have seen our children relax and experience true enjoyment in the learning process. We know the teachers love and understand them and work diligently to help them succeed. In second grade, my son used to tell us, “School’s not my style.” A few months into third grade at Fairhill he came home and announced, “I really am one of the smart ones!” Our response? “We always knew it, buddy!” In my daughter’s former school, she used to have chronic stomach aches leading to missed days at school and frequently cried at pickup telling us she was “stupid” at math. A few months after attending Fairhill she came home and told us, “I really can do math!” And no more stomach aches.
We are so thankful Fairhill found the scholars in our children. By teaching them how to learn, not just what to learn,
Fairhill has equipped them with the skills they will need to navigate a successful life.
Parents of 9th and 7th Graders, Fairhill family since August 2016
We discovered Fairhill School at a time when we were feeling hopeless about our son’s academic future. We knew public school was not a workable school option, and we needed to find an environment that would both accommodate his needs and offer academic advancement. Fairhill was a dream come true! It offered all that we were looking for academically, as well as provided amazing extra-curricular and athletic opportunities.
Fairhill School ensured our son a safe haven to develop a sense of belonging and ultimately go out into the world and be more than he thought he could be. We wish we would have found Fairhill sooner; but, we are so thankful we found them when we did, as it has been life changing.
Parents of graduate, Fairhill family since August 2015
We had considered private school for our daughter, for years, but we struggled to find a place that fit her needs and personality just right. A family friend told us about Fairhill, and after visiting, we knew we wanted her there right away. The small classroom sizes and individual attention from experienced teachers was just what she needed. After a few weeks, her grades improved dramatically, and she had so much pride and confidence about all her school work and activities. The best part, was that she was happy every day when I picked her up after school. It had been a long time since she felt that way. We are so thankful for Fairhill, and can’t wait to see how she will excel in the years to come.
Parents of 7th Grader, Fairhill family since January 2018
Our daughter attended a Montessori school from Pre-K through the 2nd grade. We begin to notice in the 1st grade that she was struggling to read, write and perform basic arithmetic. When we brought our concerns to her teachers, they were not aware and suggested that she was simply a “quiet” student. Soon after, our daughter was diagnosed with several learning differences that had affected her overall confidence and increased anxiety at school. We toured several schools; however, the Fairhill approach was markedly different from other comparable academies. The small class size and differentiated instruction that Fairhill provided was exactly what we were looking for in Education.
Fairhill offered a structured, secure environment, which allowed our daughter to regain her confidence and acquire the skills necessary to have a successful learning experience. Our daughter has become a very outgoing student, consistently on the student honor roll, performing at or above grade level. She has been actively involved in the school culture and was elected student council president. We are very pleased to have found such a wonderful home for our daughter and we look forward to many more years with our Fairhill family!
Parents of 8th grader, Fairhill family since August 2014
As parents, we all have been down a similar path. We start by seeking a safe harbor where our children will thrive; but, then we encounter difficulties getting proper help or attention for them. Before finding Fairhill, we struggled, worried and despaired over the education of our four children. Fairhill helped to rebuild our trust and confidence in the education process and helped our children find academic success. Fairhill encourages students to discover the best within themselves and to achieve excellence despite the challenges they find along the way.
Parents of a 8th Grader, 11th Grader, Graduates, Fairhill family since August 2012
Our son was diagnosed with learning differences at a young age. Prior to finding Fairhill, he was filled with self-doubt and we were incredibly frustrated by the one size fits all approach to learning. After only a few months at Fairhill, he stated, “the teachers at Fairhill teach differently. I think we found the missing piece to my puzzle!” We are thankful for the highly qualified teachers at Fairhill who think outside the educational box and teach based on the individual and unique needs of their students. Fairhill is not only teaching our child how to learn; but, is also making a positive difference in our family.
Parents of of 6th Grader, Fairhill family since February 2015
During the pandemic, the worldwide medical community has put their lives at risk every single day, and certainly deserve every bit of the attention and recognition they receive. Although teachers aren’t risking their lives, their efforts to teach our kids during this new age of “Distance Learning” is also worthy of great admiration. For months, they’ve had to figure out ways to hold the attention of their students who are challenged with every possible distraction imaginable. (“I’m not kidding Mr. Bresslow, my dog really did eat my homework. Look!” Cut to live Zoom footage of Daisy enjoying fractions a lot more than Timmy.)
So, as a tiny tribute to all the educators out there who’ve persevered through these extremely challenging times, I’d like to share this two-minute video of one of my son’s teachers who clearly loves teaching. To me, she represents all the great educators out there who demonstrate tremendous passion, creativity and ingenuity to hold the attention of their students even in the most trying circumstances. (The teacher’s name is Señora Dallas, the class is Spanish II, the school is Fairhill, and yes, that’s a real dog.)
Thank you Señora Dallas! Thank you teachers! Your effort and passion is greatly appreciated! You are truly on the front lines of our children’s future.
Link to instructional video mentioned above: https://bit.ly/2AFU4bl
Parent of 10th grader
I came to Fairhill at the beginning of 4th grade unable to read or write. I was at risk of being held back and ‘falling through the cracks’ of the public school system. My parents knew I could succeed if given the proper educational environment … At Fairhill, teachers pushed me to learn and grow. They drove me to go beyond what I thought I could do. Because of Fairhill, I was given the opportunity and tools necessary to succeed.
Graduate, Fairhill family for 7 years
When I first heard about Fairhill I was in middle school, ironically, I was getting more testing done; because, I have ADHD and Dyslexia. My parents and I talked about setting a date to do a school tour at Fairhill. During the school tour; I saw other kids who also have learning disabilities and it made me feel better because they knew what I was going through. The principal let me come visit for a whole day to see what it was like to be a student. After the visiting Fairhill, I knew this was the school for me and I was so excited to go to high school at Fairhill. This school made me feel like I was at home and I felt like I belonged somewhere now. The friends that I made during high school are still my friends to this day. These friendships are extremely important to me and I cherish all of the friends I made at Fairhill. We could relate to one another because we all had different learning disabilities and that was “normal”. I didn’t feel like an outcast at school like I use to before. It gave me the confidence that I was longing for as well as a second chance and reassurance of enjoying school and finally feel like I was somewhere I belong.
If I could say one thing to my former teachers, administrators and coaches at Fairhill is thank you. Thank you for always pushing me to do better when it came to my academics, and challenging me to do better and never settle for less. Thank you for your endless creativity and passion in the classroom, from making science fun and doing experiments to bringing history to life. Learning to enjoy books from reading different kinds of literature from around the world to making Spanish fun and exciting by acting out scenes from Shakespeare. Thank you for your energy and humor, and creating special bonds with me. Building trust and knowing that I can always come to my teachers for guidance. Thank you for the dedication and wanting the best for your students. Fairhill is more than a school, Fairhill is home and they will always be a second home for me and the rest of my life.
Graduate, Fairhill family for 6 years
When our daughter came to Fairhill in the 6th grade, we had no idea what a blessing this school would be for her. She had been diagnosed with Dyslexia and ADHD earlier and had been working with several tutors in addition to her regular classes. She still was only reading at a 3rd grade level and her self-esteem was non-existent. She blossomed while attending Fairhill and we couldn’t be happier. She graduated as class Valedictorian. She is now entering her senior year college where she is in the process of creating her own major with emphasis on anthropology, the sciences, and the arts. She hopes to enter either veterinary school or go to graduate school for forensic anthropology. Her self-confidence is overflowing and she is flourishing in college.
Every day she uses the skills she learned at Fairhill to learn in her own way. Being diagnosed with Dyslexia and ADHD is not the end of the end of the world. It just means that you learn differently and you need assistance in figuring out exactly how you learn. We are so proud of her and all that she has accomplished since her time at Fairhill.
Parents of Graduate, Fairhill family for 7 years
When our daughter was born, we noticed it took her a longer amount of time to meet the milestones set forth by her pediatrician. She crawled, walked and talked later than what we expected; but, we didn’t think much of it. When entering Kindergarten, the teacher mentioned that she thought she would most likely land in a gifted/talented program because she was so bright. In first grade and second grade, everything was status quo. She was reading and writing on grade level; however, in third grade, it became clear that the teachers had missed a few things along the way. She had reading therapy every day; but her grades were still slipping. She could not keep the pace of the other students and was beginning to fail in many subject areas. As parents, we did not know what to do. Do we get her tutoring? Do we homeschool and find additional therapies? We decided to test her both academically and psychologically and it was determined she had Dyslexia and ADHD, which commonly go hand in hand. This information was very helpful and we could now determine next steps. After learning about Fairhill School from a family friend, we decided to enroll her for the 4th grade. Within two weeks of being at Fairhill, we could see a difference in her. First off, she wanted to go to school and see her friends, which was not the case in public school. Fairhill helped her to become self-confident in her studies and interpersonal relationships. She attended Fairhill School from 4th grade – 12th grade and graduated as Salutatorian of her class. She has been very successful in college and is pursuing a degree in elementary education. She wants to be a teacher and of course, would love to come back to Fairhill and teach, when the time is right.
Parents of Graduate, Fairhill family for 9 years