FVS Quick Facts
Experience is at the Core of FVS Learning
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 global, college preparatory program for motivated students who seek a diverse and challenging learning experience within a close-knit and supportive community.
The school has a 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 experiences, 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, state-of-the-art indoor riding arena and four outdoor riding arenas, performing arts center, science and computer labs, dining room, residence halls and the Art Barn.
Academics at Fountain Valley School of Colorado are challenging and comprehensive, offering honors and Advanced Placement courses in all disciplines (19 AP courses), while providing a flexible approach to assure appropriate course placement for all students. 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. A Learning Center is available for all students who may need help with time management, test-taking strategies or other academic challenge.
At FVS, we believe it is essential to embrace the world beyond our campus, our borders and our mindset. We offer formal and informal global opportunities in order to prepare students to thrive in this diverse world.
The Global Scholar Diploma challenges students to develop an international perspective through a curriculum and set of experiences that focus on global understanding. Students who earn the GSD will have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to grasp the nature of global interdependence, and pursue education and careers in the international arena. Requirements for the diploma range from taking classes with a global component, to attending global speaker events. All GSD candidates complete a capstone course involving research and presentation of a global issue.
FVS is also proud to be one of only 11 members of Round Square in the United States (about 160 worldwide). Round Square is a consortium of schools offering opportunities for students including exchanges and travel to regional and international Round Square conferences.
As FVS is a diverse community with students from varied backgrounds, identities and experiences, there is no "one size fits all" approach to the college process. FVS responds to the individual needs of the student and guides, recommends and counsels through a process that is all too often overwhelming and stressful. FVS values communication and openness with students and families while placing the student at the center of the process. When students have a strong understanding of their own strengths, interests and values, they make sound decisions and find the best college fit.
The College Counseling Office, which has two full-time college counselors, hosts additional programming, such as speakers.
The FVS Art Barn is one of the best high school art facilities around. Students take classes in ceramics, metal-smithing, photography, flimmaking and painting, with materials and plenty of space provided by FVS. Students routinely win local and regional art awards, and classes are offered in both 2-D and 3-D studio art. Three art shows yearly showcase student work. FVS also has its own wood-fired kiln, possibly the only high school in the country to have one.
The performing arts are also well represented with a concert choir, select choirs, chamber strings, guitar ensemble, wind ensemble, music theory and acting classes. Three theater productions are held each year, with the winter production a musical.
All students are required to participate in the afternoon program. FVS is proud of its athletic tradition, including its successful riding program. The English Riding team won its second Interscholastic Equestrian Association national title in 2010 and qualified as a team again in 2015. The ice hockey team plays a full prep schedule with tournaments across the country, and five 2015 graduates went on to play junior hockey. The boys and girls climbing teams consistently finish in the top three in the state, with the boys winning the state title in 2012. Other teams advancing to the state championships (individually or as a team) in 2015-16 included boys soccer (state finalist), boys volleyball, boys and girls track and field, girls swimming, girls soccer, mountain biking and boys tennis. Fitness and community service are also afternoon activity options.
The Western Immersion Program for sophomores weaves the disciplines of literature, history, science and art, exploring how the Western landscape shaped the people, history and culture of the region. The Interim Program is part of the school's emphasis on experiential education, providing students with 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, learning about Chinese culture in Beijing, and helping to improve living conditions for the poor in Guatemala.
Residential Life and Activities for Boarders
The residential 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. The four residence halls include 10 individual houses where 160 students and 13 houseparent families live. 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 School announces planned weekend activities in advance and allows students to sign up for their chosen activity. Activities include exploring the beauty of Colorado, movies, skiing, faculty-led shopping trips to Denver, and even "spontaneity" trips where students decide at the last minute where they want to go. Some of the most popular activities take place right on campus. These include Cupid and Stupid Weekends, which are creative and fun-filled seasonal celebrations; Club Frautschi, Hawaiian Luau, "make your own pizza, or burrito, or sundae nights," and special events put on by individual dorms.