· Fullerton School District offers Multi-Age Classroom Programs

Fullerton School District offers Multi-Age Classroom Programs at not one, but two sites, Rolling Hills and Orangethorpe Schools.  The Multi-Age Classroom Program offers students a unique classroom learning environment in a public-school setting.  This program is built on the philosophy of providing a mixed-age group of students meaningful learning experiences within the framework of state and district mandated content standards.  These students are typically able to stay with the same teacher(s) for several years.  The students, teachers, and parents evolve into a unique ‘family’ of learners.  Multi-Age classrooms are designed to give every child the opportunity to find success at his or her own level of growth.

Students in the Multi-Age Classroom program remain with the same teacher(s) for multiple years and oftentimes thrive from this stability.  As part of this stable relationship, teachers are able to learn more about the students and their abilities and therefore build on this and foster a classroom community that is strong and like a family.  This fosters an environment where students develop at their own pace.  There is less opportunity for a student to be labelled and more opportunity for students to progress according to his/her ability and thrive in a student-led learning environment that can help develop a lifelong love of learning.

In addition to the organic benefits of a Multi-Age Classroom Program, students at both Rolling Hills and Orangethorpe Schools are also offered the opportunity of specialized programs and activities.  For example, Multi-Age students are afforded additional community involvement opportunities such as “Plant More Trees” and “Save the Bees.”  In addition to field trip opportunities, Multi-Age students are also able to participate in special partnerships with the local high schools to witness their stories come to life as part of ‘Stories from Orangethorpe’ project.

The Fullerton School District is located in northern Orange County, California and serves over 11,600 students in grades TK – 8th.  The Fullerton School District includes 21 schools, 15 elementary schools, two K-8th grade schools, three middle schools, and a distance learning and home school model.  The mission of the Fullerton School District is to work collaboratively with the community to provide an innovative, high-quality educational program for all students in a safe learning environment. The District motto, “Great Schools – Successful Kids” exemplifies the belief that all students will achieve academic excellence, acquire interpersonal skills, and develop technological expertise to contribute as productive citizens in a democratic society.

For more information, call 714/447-7400 or visit the website.



Orangethorpe School
1400 S Brookhurst Rd., Fullerton

Rolling Hills
1460 Rolling Hills Dr., Fullerton