Fountain Valley School of Colorado - Review #2

Fountain Valley School of Colorado
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About the Author:

College Enrolled University of Colorado Denver
Home Town, State (Country) Denver, CO
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School Varsity lacrosse, team captain, MVP Student Cultural Organization - president Dorm - Resident Advisor

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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 and an opportunity to try things you have never tried before (i.e horseback riding, ceramics, metal-smiting, etc.)
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Lacrosse was one of the best parts of school for me. I love the sport so much and had space to grow as a player and team-mate. I got to play in regional honorary competitions, lead the team as a captain, and receive Most Valuable Player. This sport kept me healthy and happy during my time at FVS.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
On my first day, I was so eager to know everyone. My advice would be to do this: when you first arrive, take care of yourself, focus on building your home there. Your friends and activities will fall into place so you don't have to force it too hard. FVS is designed for your success so trust that it will work for you.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
My favorite thing is that campus is so beautiful and I always had opportunities to try new things.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The library is a great resource, use it! It is a really great place to get away from your dorm and study quietly. It also has amazing books and archives.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics are very rigorous at FVS, but ultimately fulfills a key school value: pushing beyond your perceive limits. You have to balance an intense workload and very diverse/complex academic subjects. I achieved things I would have never imagined I was capable of and it really prepared me for college and the real world.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I love how inclusive and healthy the athletics program is. It is a mandatory activity, but every season you can pick what you want to do. It is totally fine to join a sport you have never done and the team and coaches are really open to teaching you!

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
There is an amazing art facility at FVS and an opportunity to try so many different things- painting, drawing, ceramics, metal smithing, acting, singing, cinema, printmaking and more. It is a strong basis for artistic endeavors.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are SO MANY different clubs to join and it really isn't a time commitment. There is a club meeting built into the weekly schedule so you don't feel stressed about being involved in your community in other ways.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved my dorm parents, they are so supportive in every aspect of life. The dorms are so big and clean and beautiful and there are always fun activities planned for boarding students. In between study hall, there is a 30 minute break where you can go to the campus center to see your friends or get a snack at the RK Cafe.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall is beautiful and always has healthy options. It is open for all three meals and on weekends but if you stop by in between classes, you can usually grab a piece of fruit or something.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Every weekend, there are buses that go to different parts of town so you can get off campus! There are movie theaters, cool restaurants and other fun activities to do in downtown Colorado Springs. My favorite place is Josh n John's Ice Cream.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
As far as high school goes (which is bound to be difficult no matter what), FVS has a pretty non-clicky and inclusive social life. People are generally pretty nice and accepting of one another.

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