6155 Fountain Valley School Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80911
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Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #1 - Fountain Valley School is a coed independent college preparatory school that offers day and boarding programs for students in grades 9-12. FVS was established in 1930 and is located on an 1,100 acre campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., which is 70 miles (115 km) south of Denver. Colorado's mountain ski resorts are two hours to the west, and the School
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Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #1 - Fountain Valley School is a coed independent college preparatory school that offers day and boarding programs for students in grades 9-12. FVS was established in 1930 and is located on an 1,100 acre campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., which is 70 miles (115 km) south of Denver. Colorado's mountain ski resorts are two hours to the west, and the School
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #2 - Fountain Valley School`s riding program caters to all riders-from competitive and experienced to never-ridden-and the facilities for both horse and rider are first rate. You can ride five days a week, English or Western, and compete. Bring your horse to school with you or ride one of FVS`s 60 horses!
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #3 - Many classes use our 1100 acre campus as an extension of our classroom. Student to teacher ratio 7:1
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 fields.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #5 - 300+ days of sunshine a year in Colorado!
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #6 - Interim Expedition is one of the most meaningful travel experiences students will have at FVS. Every March, groups head off on experiential learning adventures across the United States and the globe. Service and learning are core components, along with fun!
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #7 - Our campus is defined by its adobe architecture, which is a signature of the American West. Many buildings are on the historic register in our beautiful prairie setting.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #8 - Campus photo from the plains with Pikes Peak in the background, nestled at the edge of Colorado Springs.
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Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo #10 - Sports offerings that reflect our Western location like Mountain Biking, Skiing, and Rock-Climbing!
Our Colorado setting is unmatched by other boarding schools and provides countless resources and opportunities for truly immersive learning in the West.
On campus, students can begin their day by navigating to the top of our world-class rock climbing wall or spend their afternoon in the saddle, riding along a prairie trail. An adventurous education is a signature feature of the Fountain Valley journey.
As our world becomes increasingly globally-focused, there are many advantages to developing the strong independence fostered within our community, where students are supported as they prepare for college and the path beyond into global citizenship.
Access to all that the Rocky Mountains has to offer including weekend ski trips!

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 245 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $65,500
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $32,500
  • Acceptance rate: 60%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Upcoming Events and News

  • MAJOR ACCOLADES FOR FVS SCIENCE STUDENT - 05/02/2022
    Fountain Valley School congratulates Tony T. `23 on his outstanding performance at the Pikes Peak Regional Science and Engineering Fair held on February 26, 2022 and the Colorado State Science ...moreand Engineering Fair held on April 7-8, 2022. hide

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Fountain Valley School of Colorado
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1930
1907
Campus Size
1100 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
245 students
300 students
% Students of Color
38%
26%
% International Students
32%
20%
% Students Boarding
65%
70%
Average SAT Score
1280
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
27
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
No uniform
Casual
Average Class Size
12 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
19
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
80%
70%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$50 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$65,500
$61,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$32,500
$34,900
Tuition international students
$68,000
$54,500
% Students on Financial Aid
45%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$28,000
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
60%
58%
Director of Admissions
Lindsey Ratliff
Matt Rinkin
Associate Director of Admissions
Santiago Durango

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
19
17
Courses
2-D Studio Art, 3-D Studio Art, Advanced Biology, 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 Physics C: Mechanics, Advanced Precalculus, Advanced Spanish Language and Culture, Advanced Statistics, Advanced United States Government & Politics, Advanced United States History, Advanced World History, Anatomy and Physiology, and Trigonometry, Authority & Theories of Human Nature, Colorado Natural History, Financial Math/Economic Reasoning, Functions, Global Citizenship, Global Studies, Honors Algebra II, Honors Chemistry, Honors Discrete Mathematics, Honors Freedom, Honors Geometry, Honors Linear Algebra, Honors World History, International Relations, Mandarin I-III, Principles of Engineering, Robotics, Spanish I-III, Spanish IV: Hispanic History, Statistics, Sustainable Science, U.S. History: Origins to 1877, World History and Geography, World Societies

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
13
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Academic Honor Society, Admission Ambassador, Athenaea-Student Newspaper, Board Game Club, Environmental Club, LGBTQ+, Matchwits, Math Club, Student Cultural Organization, Student Government, The Owl (Yearbook), Varsity Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Barn Assistants

College Matriculation

Year: 2019 - 2022
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Chapman University
20
Colorado State University
20
New York University
20
Northeastern University
20
Santa Clara University
20
Syracuse University
20
University of Colorado Boulder
20
University of Puget Sound
20
University of Toronto
20
University of Washington
20

School Notes

  • Exploring and learning on our 1,100 acre campus in the Rocky Mountain West builds an incredible foundation for personal growth.  Our teachers come from diverse backgrounds and offer high-level academics supplemented by their own professional experiences. The small class size allows for academic depth far beyond teaching to any test, because that is not the metric we use to measure student growth. FVS students learn by doing, as we emphasize experiential learning throughout our curriculum. Our world-wide alumni network is another source of lifetime support, as many alumni return annually to kick off the summer at FVS Alumni Weekend. 
  • Our second Mountain Campus, the Class of `69 Mountain Campus is a learning landscape and lodge that invites adventure and brings students and faculty together in a spectacular setting.  A two-hour drive from Fountain Valley School and settled at the foot of the majestic Collegiate Peaks, the Mountain Campus is the scenic home base to many FVS outings, seminars, and class retreats-and a place for learning, camaraderie, and fun. Generations of students have bonded at this extraordinary place, and alumni have dedicated their time and resources to the renovation and upkeep of this historic treasure. 
  • The combination of our international student body and Western setting sets us apart.  Our Global Education approach provides on-campus cultural events, excursions throughout the region, and opportunities for international travel each Spring during our Interim Expeditions. Our Western location offers a unique twist on the traditional boarding school experience and offers immediate access to countless natural resources. 
  • An FVS parent stated, "My daughters were blown away by the experience of discussing the Cold War in a history class along with students from such countries as China, Vietnam, and Russia."
  • The School`s distinguished Equestrian program continues to thrive on our ranch property, housing 55 school-owned horses, as well as space for your child to board their own horse. Both English and Western riding are offered, with Equestrian being the longest-running athletic program at Fountain Valley School.  Indoors and out, the accommodations for horse and rider-which include one of the largest indoor arenas in the state-are extensive. With the barn and riding facilities located in the same area as the athletic center, students are able to ride every day, which gives them an edge in the competitive arena.
  • Fountain Valley School of Colorado accreditations: The National Association of Independent Schools, Association of Colorado Independent Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools
Source: Verified school update

Alumni Reviews Review School

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Class of 2020
5.00
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. . .

Class of 2015
5.00
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. . .

Class of 2013
5.00
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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  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 245 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $65,500
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $32,500
  • Acceptance rate: 60%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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