Rivendell is the only independent elementary school in Northern Colorado committed to personalized learning in a whole child environment.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked CO School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Students: 157 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $10,805
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Rivendell School Of Northern Colorado ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Colorado for:


School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-5
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia, Twice Exceptional, G&T, Mild Learning Support
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
157 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
Rivendell School Of Northern Colorado Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
16 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Registration Fee: 150
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
250 to 400 per week depending on the session
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Madeline Cook


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
5 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Girl Scouts

Arts and Music Programs:
Guitar Lessons, Piano Lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

  • Founded in 1976, Rivendell School is an independent school in Fort Collins, Colorado. Thanks to the vision and hard work of our experienced teachers and involved parents, we have proudly helped hundreds of children grow into well-educated, imaginative, caring, and responsible citizens. Rivendell School`s personalized learning approach to education-a proven method for increasing subject mastery-focuses on the progress of each child rather than on the class average. Each student is constantly evaluated, challenged, and encouraged to perform to his or her full potential. Engaging every individual in the learning process produces the best results for each student.
Profile last updated: 01/06/2022

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
We love this little school! We originally came to Rivendell for an introductory year of school for my daughter's Pre-K year. We had intended to move to our public neighborhood school the following year, but we feel in love with Rivendell. The small class sizes, caring teachers and wonderful administrative team make it such a warm and enjoyable experience for students and teachers. Extras, such as PE, art, music, Spanish and science are delivered with real care. I think what I appreciate most about our experience is our daughter's growth as a person. She is able to advocate for herself, ask thoughtful questions of adults and other kids, form and share her own opinions and think critically about problems that arise either socially or academically. We love this school and are filled with gratitude for the team of educators that make it so special!
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What is it like to see your child wake up early excited for school every day? When you drop them off can't wait for the day ahead? At pickup they are talking about their progress in STEM education specials and break time with friends? When you talk to teachers and staff they are full of energy and smiles every day? I was jealous my sister attended here, and this has been my experience with my son's attendance for the last 2+ years. Rivendell is absolutely a priceless experience that makes my heart full knowing he's in such a healthy, fun and safe environment. It's clear other parents I see and talk to are as engaged and thrilled as me.
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This is an amazing school, and I'm so thankful we found it. Rivendell caters to your student's educational needs. They meet your student where they are at and then continue to assist in their growth and development. Students are in small class sizes and get individual time with their teacher. They focus on the whole child and understand the importance of physical activity plays in allowing students to come back to the classroom and focus. This is an exceptional school.
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I cannot say enough good things about this school. My daughter started almost 2 years ago in preschool and then last year in Kindergarten. My daughter is quite shy and in preschool would not even talk to her teachers even though she loved them. I felt her quiet presence would get lost in public school so we stayed for Kinder. It has been wonderful watch them to appreciate her as an individual and her feeling like she can come out of her shell. The academics are great; the curriculum is full of enriching individualized experiences. My daughter feels very safe and comfortable which is everything to us. I love the intimate size and that all the teachers in the school know her by name. An awesome experience thus far and we feel lucky to have discovered Rivendell.
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The individualized learning approach at Rivendell really helps kids thrive. And, Rivendell is more than just a school - it is a community of teachers, families and staff. You definitely have the feeling of belonging to a community at Rivendell.
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I have a son and daughter who attended Rivendell. They are adults now, but they attribute their ability to study independently and their comfort in talking to their teachers to get help or advocate for themselves to Rivendell. The ability to work at their own pace and to understand that people learn at different paces helped them. This was an important lesson as I feel that they were driven to improve for themselves not as a competition. As a parent, I felt confident that all the staff cared about my kids, not just their current teacher. If I had questions or concerns I felt comfortable talking to the staff.
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I am a new teacher at Rivendell and I absolutely love this school! I am so impressed by the attention to detail and focus on individualized learning. I think that the small class sizes allow students to receive the attention they need. Students excel when they are given the opportunity to work on their specific needs.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked CO School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Students: 157 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $10,805
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Colorado is $11,145 for elementary schools and $15,748 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Colorado is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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