Fountain Valley School of Colorado
6155 Fountain Valley School Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80911Contact School E-mail the School Visit School's Website
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.
|Academic Orientation||College Preparatory|
|Grade Range||Boarding and Day — Coed Grades 9-12|
|Coed, Boys, or Girls||Coed|
|Full Address||6155 Fountain Valley School Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80911|
Tuition & Financial Aid
|Boarding Tuition||$46,300; estimated extras $1000|
|Day Tuition||$25,100; estimated extras $1000|
|Merit Scholarships Awarded||24|
|Value of Merit Scholarships||$130,600|
|Need-Based Scholarships Awarded||59|
|Value of Need-Based Scholarships||$1,900,000|
Academics & Athletics
|Supplemental Instruction||ESL, Learning Differences, Review, Tutoring|
|Advanced Placement Courses||Biology, 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 Session||Intl Students. Academic Enrichment Recreational. ESL. Tuition Boarding $3000. 2 weeks|
|Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' Sports||Basketball, Cross-country, Equestrian, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track, Volleyball|
|Interscholastic Boys' Sports||Golf, Ice Hockey|
|Interscholastic Girls' Sports||Swimming|
|Graduate Reference Year||2012|
|Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School||61|
|Most Common Graduate Destinations||CO 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 SAT||578-700|
|Mid-50 Percentile Critical Reading SAT||478-623|
|Mid-50 Percentile Writing SAT||530-640|
|ACT Mid-50 Percentile||22-28|
|Percentage of Applicants Accepted||65|
|Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)||57|
|Tests Used for Admission||CEEB, ISEE, SSAT, TOEFL|
|Administrator||William V. Webb|
|Administrator's Title||Head of School|
|In Office Since||2013|
|Administrator's Credentials||BA, Univ of Vermont, MA, Columbia Univ|
|Director(s) of Admissions||Randy Roach, Director of Admission & Financial Aid|
Enrollment & Faculty
|Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)||236|
|Student Body Ethnicity||White 64%, Latino 4%, African-American 3%, Native American 2%, Asian 21%, Other 6%|
|Percentage of International Students||24|
|Average Class Size||11|
|Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)||67|
|Male Teaching Faculty||25|
|Female Teaching Faculty||18|
|Faculty Ethnicity||White 97%, Latino 2%, Asian 1%|
Campus & Endowment
|Buildings on Campus||36|