Fountain Valley School of Colorado

6155 Fountain Valley School Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80911

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Fountain Valley School of Colorado Fountain Valley School of Colorado

Located at the base of Colorado’s majestic Rocky Mountains, Fountain Valley School of Colorado combines intellectual rigor with a spirit of adventure and exploration. Founded in 1930, the school offers a college preparatory program for motivated students who seek a diverse and challenging learning experience within a close-knit and supportive community. FVS is co-ed and includes both boarding and day students, grades 9-12 (ages 14-18).

The school has an 1,100-acre main campus in Colorado Springs and a 40-acre Mountain Campus near Buena Vista, Colo. The Mountain Campus is home to the Western Immersion Program, Interim adventures, skiing expeditions, outdoor education and more. FVS is proud of its Western roots and location, and encourages students to embrace the many opportunities associated with living in the West, including the school’s adventurous outdoor education and equestrian programs. The English Riding Team has won the IEA national title twice in the last four years.

FVS is committed to serving a globally diverse and mutually supportive student population. The school currently enrolls 162 boarding and 82 day students, 47% male, 53% female, and 29% students of color. Students represent 21 countries and 27 states.

Academics at Fountain Valley School of Colorado are challenging and comprehensive, offering honors and Advanced Placement courses in all disciplines, while providing a flexible approach to assure appropriate course placement for all students. An FVS education is characterized by close interactions with a dedicated and accomplished faculty. The student-faculty ratio is 5:1, and the average class size is 11 students. Members of the Class of 2011 received more than $1.25 million in merit scholarships and were admitted to such institutions as Barnard, Bowdoin, Colby, Duke, Emory, Middlebury, Rice, Wesleyan and Williams College.

All students are required to participate in the afternoon program, which includes interscholastic sports, outdoor education, climbing, equestrian training (English and Western), skiing and theater. Interscholastic sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, track and field, soccer, tennis and volleyball for both boys and girls; along with boys golf, boys ice hockey and girls swimming and diving. The Theater Department stages three yearly productions, and a dance program is offered.

The Western Immersion Program for sophomores weaves the disciplines of literature, history, science and art, exploring how the Western landscape shaped the region. The Interim Program is part of the school’s emphasis on experiential education, providing students with the opportunity to expand their horizons beyond the classroom. The program has included such activities as kayaking in Georgia, connecting with the American musical tradition on Broadway and helping to improve living conditions in Guatemala.

The Residential Life Program and facilities are designed based on a family-like house system, where groups of 16-20 students and one or two faculty families live in a residential unit. Spacious double and triple bedrooms, common rooms, a kitchen, dining area, bathrooms, laundry facilities and a computer lab are laid out in unique floor plans.

The School announces weekend activities in advance and allows students to sign up for their chosen activity. Activities include exploring the beauty of Colorado, movies, skiing and faculty-led shopping trips. Some of the most popular activities take place right on campus, including Cupid and Stupid Weekends, which are fun-filled seasonal celebrations.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Coed Grades 9-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address6155 Fountain Valley School Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80911
Year Established1930
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Boarding Tuition$46,300; estimated extras $1000
Day Tuition$25,100; estimated extras $1000
Merit Scholarships Awarded24
Value of Merit Scholarships$130,600
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded59
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$1,900,000

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarSemester
Supplemental InstructionESL, Learning Differences, Review, Tutoring
Advanced Placement CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, English Literature, Environmental Science, French, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics B, Spanish, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art, US Government & Politics, US History, World History
Summer SessionIntl Students. Academic Enrichment Recreational. ESL. Tuition Boarding $3000. 2 weeks
Accredited ByCLS
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Equestrian, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track, Volleyball
Interscholastic Boys' SportsGolf, Ice Hockey
Interscholastic Girls' SportsSwimming

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School61
Most Common Graduate DestinationsCO St 7, U of CO-Boulder 6, U of Denver 5, Am U 3, U of AL-Tuscaloosa 3, Santa Clara 2
Mid-50 Percentile Math SAT578-700
Mid-50 Percentile Critical Reading SAT478-623
Mid-50 Percentile Writing SAT530-640
ACT Mid-50 Percentile22-28


Applications DueFebruary
Application Fee$50
New Students85
Percentage of Applicants Accepted65
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)57
Tests Used for AdmissionCEEB, ISEE, SSAT, TOEFL


AdministratorWilliam V. Webb
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since2013
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Univ of Vermont, MA, Columbia Univ
Director(s) of AdmissionsRandy Roach, Director of Admission & Financial Aid

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment236
Boarding Students162
Day Students74
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)236
Student Body EthnicityWhite 64%, Latino 4%, African-American 3%, Native American 2%, Asian 21%, Other 6%
Percentage of International Students24
Average Class Size11
Student-Faculty Ratio5:1
Dress CodeCasual
Teaching Faculty43
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)67
Male Teaching Faculty25
Female Teaching Faculty18
Faculty EthnicityWhite 97%, Latino 2%, Asian 1%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage1,100
Buildings on Campus36
Facilities Value$40,000,000
Endowment Value$34,000,000
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