Established in 1905 or even earlier by some accounts, Fairmont is the oldest school in El Cerrito. The school had been rebuilt twice on its present site. Fairmont's current building was built in 1957. It may be over 50 years old, but the structural evaluation of the school carried out by WCCUSD a few years ago showed no major structural concerns. However, the school community is working on many other issues related to the inadequacy of the facility, which are discussed in detail under Our School Facility.
Did you know that Fairmont:
- Had the first PTA in the Richmond School District
- Pioneered the practice of holding "Parent Teacher Conferences"
- Was where the first meeting of the El Cerrito City Council was held
- Hosted Alvarado & Castro students while Alvarado & Castro were under construction
The El Cerrito Historical Society has a great article about the history of Fairmont in its Summer 2007 newsletter. To read the article, click here.
Fairmont teachers are all fully credentialed, with an average of 20 years of teaching experience.