The Matt Garcia Career and College Academy has been established to honor the youngest City Council Member in the history of Fairfield. As a young person, Matt was consumed with the notion that youth violence could be stemmed in favor of community involvement and service. He passionately believed in the ability of all youth to turn away from violence and towards a productive, positive lifestyle. To that end, Matt worked tirelessly with schools in the community and fostered a resurgence of the Youth Commission in the City of Fairfield. Matt was an inspiration to all who knew him.
As a sad irony, on September 1, 2008, Matt Garcia was murdered in a tragic case of mistaken identity, a victim of the senseless violence he fought so hard to eliminate. His death has brought about a new commitment to make something meaningful out of Matt’s death by furthering his cause of community service and violence prevention and reduction.
In August 2015 the school became a thematic school of choice with a focus around hospitality.
Our school serves students in grades 6-8 who are looking for a more personalized education focusing on college and career. Project-Based Learning is emerging as the primary mode of instruction giving students voice and choice as they learn to embrace 21st-century skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in expressing thoughts and ideas.
Our school offers self-contained classrooms allowing teachers to better meet the needs of all students. Classes reach a maximum capacity of 29 students per grade.