Fountain Valley School Of Colorado

  • Fountain Valley School of Colorado offers an education and experience you won`t find at any other school, combining intellectual challenge with a spirit of adventure and exploration.
  • Learn deeper in classes that challenge you to think critically. Engage in compelling discussions where everyone`s opinion matters. Your talented teachers will inspire you to embrace challenge with confidence and independence.
  • With classmates from 16 countries and 20 states, you will think and connect globally while making lifelong friends from around the world.
  • The Global Scholar program is unique to FVS, challenging students to engage as world citizens and develop an international perspective.
  • As a member school of Round Square-a worldwide network of more than 170 independent schools-Fountain Valley students have opportunities for international exchanges around the globe.
  • Other signature programs include The Western Immersion Program, Interim, Western and English riding, prep hockey, outdoor ed, mountain biking and climbing.
  • Over the last two years, students have earned admission to select colleges including UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Harvey Mudd, Carnegie Mellon, NYU and Tufts.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded1930

Student Body

Total Students239 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
39%
State avg.: 23%
Students by GradeFountain Valley School Of Colorado Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size11 students
Number of AP Courses18 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, French Language and Culture, Government and Politics: United States, Macro and Microeconomics, Physics C: Mechanics, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, Studio Art 2D Design, Studio Art 3D Design, U.S. History
Average SAT score1280
Average ACT score27
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$56,000
Tuition NotesTuition for domestic boarding; for day students it is $29900 and for international students it is $61250. Interim, books and fees, and some athletic programs are extra.
% on Financial Aid
35%
Acceptance Rate
75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKila McCann
Admissions AssociateO'Neal Turner
Endowment Size$40 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Diving, Equestrian, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballAlpine SkiingBasketball,
ClimbingCross Country,
DivingEquestrian,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Mountain BikingMountaineering,
SnowboardingSoccer,
SwimmingTennis,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.26 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Admission Ambassadors, Chess Club, Chinese Club, Coffee House, Community Council, Environmental Club, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Global Affairs Forum, Green Team, Hispanic Honor Society, International Students Club, Jazz Band, Matchwits, Raspberry Pi, Round Square, Spanish Club, Student Cultural Organization, The Athenaea, The Owl, Varsity Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber Strings, Concert Choir, Theater, Wind Ensemble/Concert Band

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ski/Snowboard

School Notes

  • The school has a 1,100-acre main campus in Colorado Springs and a 40-acre Mountain Campus about two hours away near Buena Vista, Colo. The Mountain Campus is home to the Western Immersion Program, Interim adventures, skiing expeditions, outdoor education and much more. FVS is proud of its Western roots and location, and encourages students to embrace the many opportunities associated with living in the West, including the school`s adventurous outdoor education and equestrian programs.
  • Facilities include the new Penrose Athletic Center with the biggest climbing facility of any private school in the country and an eight-lane pool; indoor riding arena and three outdoor riding arenas (one covered); outdoor track; performing arts center; science and labs, dining room, residence halls and the Art Barn.
  • FVS is committed to serving a globally diverse and mutually supportive student population. Students represent 16 countries and 20 states.
  • The Global Scholar program is unique to FVS, challenging students to engage as world citizens and develop an international perspective. As a member school of Round Square-a worldwide network of more than 170 independent schools-Fountain Valley students have opportunities for international exchanges around the globe. 
  • Academically, FVS offers advanced courses in all disciplines while providing a flexible approach to assure appropriate course placement. The curriculum is designed to stimulate curiosity, encourage critical-thinking skills, develop intellectual stamina, and prepare students for the challenges of college. An FVS education is characterized by close interactions with a dedicated and accomplished faculty.
  • All students are required to participate in the afternoon program, which includes interscholastic sports, outdoor education, climbing, equestrian training (English and Western), fitness, community service and theater. Interscholastic sports include basketball (boys and girls), cross country (boys and girls), ice hockey (boys), lacrosse (boys), soccer (boys and girls), swimming and diving (girls), tennis (boys and girls) and volleyball (boys and girls). Music and art are offered as classes.
  • Signature programs include the Western Immersion Program for sophomores, which explores how the Western landscape shaped the people, history and culture of the region; and Interim, which provides students the opportunity to expand their intellectual, cultural and social horizons beyond the classroom. The weeklong program has included such activities as kayaking in Georgia, connecting with the American musical tradition on Broadway, and learning about Chinese culture in Beijing.
  • Residence halls are based on a family-like house system, where groups of 16-20 students and one or two faculty families live in a residential unit. Spacious double and triple bedrooms, common rooms, a kitchen, dining area, bathrooms, laundry facilities and a computer lab are laid out in floor plans unique to each house.
  • Planned weekend include exploring the beauty of Colorado, movies, skiing, shopping trips to Denver, and even "spontaneity" trips where students decide at the last minute where to go. Popular on-campus activities include Cupid and Stupid Weekends, which are creative and fun-filled seasonal celebrations; Club Frautschi, End-of-Summer BBQ, winter formal, "make your own pizza, or burrito, or sundae nights," and special events put on by individual dorms.

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