Fountain Valley School of Colorado

5.00 (4 reviews)
6155 Fountain Valley School Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80911
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #1 - Experience Global Immersion in the American West. Our incredible 1100 acre campus sits at the foot of Colorado's Rocky Mountains on a veritable nature preserve amidst the bustling city of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #1 - Experience Global Immersion in the American West. Our incredible 1100 acre campus sits at the foot of Colorado's Rocky Mountains on a veritable nature preserve amidst the bustling city of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #2 - A satellite, mountain campus provides opportunities for students to experience all of the recreational opportunities that Colorado has to offer including skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, and more!
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #3 - Many classes use our 1100 acre campus as an extension of our classroom.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #4 - Fountain Valley School offers art classes in ceramics, painting/drawing, jewelry-making (metal-smithing), photography, and film. The Art Barn is dedicated solely to the pursuit of these passions.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #5 - The School's English riding team has won multiple Interscholastic Equestrian Association national titles, and sends riders to nationals every year. There is also a robust Western riding program.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #6 - Fountain Valley has gorgeous adobe residence halls where groups of 16-20 students live much like a family with a houseparent. It's your home away from home and each dorm has a full kitchen.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #7 - The sun shines more than 300 days a year in Colorado.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #8 - Interim is one of the most meaningful experiences students will have at FVS. Every March, groups head off on experiential learning adventures across the United States and the world. Service and learning are core components, along with fun!
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #9 - Our campus is defined by its adobe architecture, which is a signature of the American West.
The quality of an East Coast boarding school; the culture of the American West.
A true global immersion at the foot of Colorado's magestic Rocky Mountains where you'll make friendships that will last your lifetime and emerge prepared to thrive in college.
Our expansive 1,100-acre campus includes rolling prairie, views of snow-capped mountains, and endless blue sky that has inspired students for 90 years to live our core values: Courage, Compassion, Curiosity, Self-Reliance, Open-Mindedness

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  • Babson College
    For me, FVS was a one-of-a-kind experience. In my search for boarding schools, FVS stood out for two reasons. First, the school combines an Eastern education—liberal arts & sciences—with an adventurous and outdoorsy environment typically. . .
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
    There is a required trip the week before spring break where you can go to the Bahamas to learn about marine life, go to China, France, New Orleans, and many other places. The majority of. . .
  • University of Colorado Denver
    FVS is extremely unique in the sense that it allows students to engage in not just one aspect of life. There is a really healthy balance between academic, athletic, and artistic activities in the schedule. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Fountain ValleyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19301907
Campus Size1100 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment240 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1303* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score27*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio5:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1918
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$40 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$63,750$54,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$22,700$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsLindsey Radliff
Associate Director of AdmissionsO'Neal Turner

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1918
Courses2-D Studio Art, 3-D Studio Art, Advanced Calculus AB, Advanced Calculus BC, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Chinese Language and Culture, Advanced English Literature and Composition, Advanced Environmental Science, Advanced French Language and Culture, Advanced Music Theory, Advanced Spanish Language and Culture, Advanced Spanish Literature and Culture, Advanced Statistics, Advanced World History, AP Biology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1916
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Diving, Equestrian, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Riding, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations2023
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Academic Honor Society, Admission Ambassador, Athenaea (student newspaper), Board Game Club, Business Club, Chinese Club, Debate Club, French Club, Girls Leadership Club, Green Team, Healing Psychology Club, Hispanic Honor Society, Matchwits, Math Club, Model UN, Student Cultural Organization, Student Government, The Owl (Yearbook), Varsity Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Barn Assistants

College Matriculation

Year: 2015 - 201910 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Colorado, Boulder20
Colorado State University13
University of Denver9
University of Puget Sound9
New York University7
Colorado College6
University of California, San Diego5
Case Western University4
Lewis & Clark University4
Colby College3

School Notes

  • 90 years ago, Fountain Valley School began with the belief that a boarding school dedicated to traditional standards of excellence, character, and progressive ideals would thrive in the sublime setting of the American West-and so it has. 
  • The result is a unique educational experience that offers the quality of an East Coast boarding school and the culture of the American West, symbolized by the FVS cattle brand in our logo.
  • In the decades since, Fountain Valley School has grown into a vibrant international community of students from 21 countries and 24 states. Simultaneously, Colorado Springs has grown up around us into a bustling city with 700,000 people who choose this incredible location at the base of the Rocky Mountains for its quality of life and access to incomparable recreational opportunities. 
  • FVS is a place where you can be you, whatever that looks like, and where you will be a part of a diverse, global community of students and faculty who are deeply committed to their learning, yet relaxed in their approach to doing so. You`ll be encouraged to take ownership of your education and empowered to write your own history with our core values of courage, open-mindedness, self-reliance, curiosity, and compassion.
  • Fountain Valley School of Colorado accreditations: The National Association of Independent Schools, Association of Colorado Independent Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools

Profile last updated: 05/17/2021

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