Watch the 2015 Preparatory Academy Commencement

Fairmont Preparatory Academy graduated 170 seniors on Thursday, May 28, 2015, during the school’s 2015 commencement ceremony at Pearson Park. This year’s senior class follows the trend of previous years in that more than 81 percent of Fairmont Prep’s graduates were accepted to top 100 colleges and universities (as defined by U.S. News & World Report).

“This celebration is the crowning achievement of countless hours of study, serving the community, and preparing for college,” Fairmont Preparatory Academy Headmaster Robert Mendoza said. “The students’ success is the result of teachers, parents, staff, and senior leadership, whose continuous engagement sustains our close-knit learning community.”

During the course of the school year, a number of Fairmont Prep seniors received early acceptances to internationally renowned colleges and universities. The list includes Caltech, Columbia University, Cornell University, Emerson College, Harvard University, Purdue University, Willamette University, Case Western Reserve University, Northeastern University, Rutgers University, and the University of the Pacific. Students received notification of these acceptances in early December. Graduating seniors attribute Fairmont Prep’s 43:1 student to college counselor ratio (the ratio of students per counselor in California schools averages 945:1*) and rigorous academic curriculum for increasing their chances to attend their colleges and universities of choice.

This year’s valedictorian was Jessica Chung, who will attend Harvard University. Her achievements include earning second place in the Stanford National Invitational Tournament (debate), National Merit Finalist, National AP Scholar, president of Project Building Literacy Together, and much more. The salutatorian was Aaron Su, who will attend Columbia University. His achievements include National AP Scholar, International Baccalaureate Scholar of the Year, Rensselaer Medalist, first place in the SCCCS Calligraphy Art Competition, and much more.

The class of 2015 played a significant role in accomplishing many school achievements, such as winning a CIF 4A Girls Basketball Championship, earning awards at the semifinals of the 2015 U.S. Physics Olympiads, participating in the FRC Robotics Competition, and receiving high scores at the 44th annual Tournament of Champions. This year’s seniors also invested more than 15,000 hours of community service to help regional nonprofit organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Action Partnership.