Fountain Valley School

About Us

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.

The school has a 1,100-acre main campus in Colorado Springs and a 40-acre Mountain Campus about two hours away near Buena Vista, Colo. The Mountain Campus is home to the Western Immersion Program, Interim adventures, skiing expeditions, outdoor education and much 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. Facilities include the Penrose Gym for athletics, swimming pool, indoor riding arena and three outdoor riding arenas (one covered), outdoor track, performing arts center, science and computer labs, dining room, residence halls and the Art Barn.

FVS is committed to serving a globally diverse and mutually supportive student population. Students represent 21 countries and 24 states.

Academically, FVS offers honors and Advanced Placement courses in all disciplines while providing a flexible approach to assure appropriate course placement. The curriculum is designed to stimulate curiosity, encourage critical-thinking skills, develop intellectual stamina, and prepare students for the challenges of college. An FVS education is characterized by close interactions with a dedicated and accomplished faculty.

All students are required to participate in the afternoon program, which includes interscholastic sports, outdoor education, climbing, equestrian training (English and Western), fitness, community service, and theater. Interscholastic sports include basketball (boys and girls), cross country (boys and girls), ice hockey (boys), lacrosse (boys), track and field (boys and girls), soccer (boys and girls), swimming and diving (girls), tennis (boys and girls) and volleyball (boys and girls). Music and art are offered as classes.

Signature programs include the Western Immersion Program for sophomores, which explores how the Western landscape shaped the people, history, and culture of the region; and Interim, which provides students the opportunity to expand their intellectual, cultural and social horizons beyond the classroom. The weeklong program has included such activities as kayaking in Georgia, connecting with the American musical tradition on Broadway, and learning about Chinese culture in Beijing.

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 floor plans unique to each house.

The planned weekend includes exploring the beauty of Colorado, movies, skiing, shopping trips to Denver, and even “spontaneity” trips where students decide at the last minute where to go. Popular on-campus activities include Cupid and Stupid Weekends, which are creative and fun-filled seasonal celebrations; Club Frautschi, Hawaiian Luau, “make your pizza, or burrito, or Sunday nights,” and special events put on by individual dorms.

3 Key Program Features:

  1. Close-knit learning community with dedicated faculty
  2. Colorado Rocky Mountain adventure including hiking, climbing, and skiing
  3. Experiential and interdisciplinary courses take you out into the field for learning by doing
  • Total Enrollment : 250
  • Type : Co-Ed
  • Boarding Grades : 9-12
  • Total Students : 250
  • Boarding Students : 166
  • Day Students : 84
  • ESL Offered : Yes
  • Summer Program : Yes
  • Avg. Class Size : 18
  • Standard Application : Yes
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