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 #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.
  • 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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  • 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
 | 2020 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 acres120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment240 students310 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
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1918
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$40 million$22 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$63,750$52,900
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$22,700$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJesse Fortney
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 Offered2015
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Diving, Equestrian, Ice Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Riding, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations2024
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

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