Fountain Valley School of Colorado

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
6155 Fountain Valley School Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80911
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #1 - Fountain Valley School from the sky. Drone photo taken by Max Seigal FVS '06.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #1 - Fountain Valley School from the sky. Drone photo taken by Max Seigal FVS '06.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #2 - FVS takes advantage of its 1,100 acre campus by taking many classes outdoors. The School's signature Peaks, Prairies and Plateaus class weaves together science and history while Mr. Gustke's biology classes visit the prairie with butterfly nets often.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #3 - 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 #4 - The School's English riding team has won two Interscholastic Equestrian Association national titles (2007-2010), and sends riders to nationals every year. There is also a robust Western riding program.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #5 - Fountain Valley has gorgeous adobe residence halls where groups of 16-20 students live with a houseparent. It's your home away from home.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #6 - Every season at Fountain Valley School has its own beauty. Here students gather outside in September.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #7 - 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 #8 - Students head to tennis practice from the Penrose Residence Halls.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #9 - Fountain Valley School's prep hockey team travels the country playing in prep tournaments. FVS has a wide variety of sports offerings, from soccer and basketball to indoor climbing and mountain biking.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #10 - GSD, Round Square, International interims, 24% international from 15 countries and 21 states.
  • Fountain Valley School of Colorado provides a rigorous, global curriculum in academics, arts, athletics and the outdoors in a diverse community to develop young adults who are courageous, open-minded, self-reliant, curious and compassionate.
  • CORE VALUES Courage - To embrace challenge intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually as a pathway to insight and self-understanding; to stretch and see beyond one`s perceived boundaries Open-mindedness - To be aware of the richness and depth of all human experience Self-Reliance - To be responsible; to exhibit initiative and accountability, working independently and collaboratively Curiosity - To value lifelong pleasure in intellectual exploration and discovery; to receive the consequent satisfaction of achievement and excellence through focused, creative effort Compassion - To demonstrate care and service to others, and to live a balanced and healthy life, enjoying the harmony of work and play.

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  • 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. . .
  • Colorado College
    The location in the Rocky Mountain west is unparalleled. The amount of experiential learning that can occur both on campus and in the amazing nature that surrounds our region is unique to FVS. The Western. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2018 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 Founded19301910
Campus Size1100 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment230 students313 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1260* 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
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1717
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$38 million$19 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$61,250$48,850
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$22,700$23,500
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


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

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1717
Courses2-D Studio Art, 3-D Studio Art, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Lanaguage, Computer Science A, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language, Government and Politics: United States, Physics C, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, U.S. History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2015
SportsAlpine Skiing, Ballet, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Riding, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations3224
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Academic Honor Society, Admission Ambassador, Athenaea (student newspaper), Big/Little Siblings, Biomedical Sciences Club, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Christian Fellowship Club, Community Service Council, Conservation Corps, Film Club, French Club, Global Affairs Forum, Hispanic Honor Society, International Student Club, Language Clubs and Honors Societies, Matchwits, Math Club, Music Importers Club, Round Square Club, Student Cultural Organization, Student Government, Student Weekend Activity Team (SWAT), The Owl (Yearbook), Varsity Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Barn Assistants, Guitar Club, Instrumental, Jazz Club, Vocal Music, Wind Ensemble

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Mt. Bike Weekend, Ski/Snowboarding Clu

College Matriculation

Year: 2014 - 201810 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Colorado, Boulder22
University of Denver11
Colorado College7
Colorado State University7
New York University7
University of Puget Sound6
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs4
Carnegie Mellon University3
Tufts University3
Washington University, St. Louis3
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • 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. Set on an 1,100-acre ranch at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Pikes Peak is front and center, a daily reminder of the opportunities Colorado so generously offers. 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, independence and resilience.
  • With classmates from 15 countries and 23 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 exchanges, service projects and international conferences around the globe.
  • Other signature programs include The Western Immersion Program, Interim, Western and English riding, outdoor ed, mountain biking and climbing. If you`re looking for a school where you`ll become your best self, your true self, please visit to learn more.
  • Take a look at FVS from the sky in our drone videos by alumnus Max Seigal '06
  • This is FVS
  • A View From the Sky
  • Athletics in the Fall
  • Fountain Valley School of Colorado accreditations: The Association of Boarding Schools, The National Association of Independent Schools, Association of Colorado Independent Schools

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