Fountain Valley School of Colorado Viewbook

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Experience the peak of all possibilities.


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challenge with a spirit of adventure and exploration at Fountain Valley School of Colorado. The expansive landscape of rolling prairie, snow-capped mountains and big blue sky has inspired students for nearly 90 years to be courageous, open-minded, self-reliant, curious and compassionate.

No Place Else.

Fountain Valley School of Colorado offers an education and experience like no other. Students and faculty embrace the opportunities that the Rocky Mountain setting so generously offers, as well as the independence, confidence and resilience that learning and living in the West inspires.

You’ll find a world of opportunity at Fountain Valley to develop an international perspective through a curriculum and a set of experiences that focus on global understanding. Learn to become a change-seeker who takes action in your local community and the world beyond.

Become a Global Citizen.



Fountain Valley’s membership in Round Square offers opportunities for exciting exchanges with schools around the world. FVS students have participated in weeks-long exchanges in South Africa, Australia, Peru and Colombia. In turn, our community welcomes students from these countries who enrich our global program and forge friendships and connections that last well beyond Fountain Valley.





You can distinguish yourself by becoming a Global Scholar and diving deep into a global issue you are passionate about. Through a curriculum and set of experiences that include travel and community service, the two-year GSD program culminates in a capstone project. You will gain a rich understanding of your global topic by conducting primary research and deep investigation. Students who earn a Global Scholar Diploma have gained the knowledge, skills and ability to grasp the nature of global interdependence and pursue education in the international arena. Many FVS Global Scholars have continued with their topic in their college studies!


-Nomadic Peoples and the Politics of Identity: The Tuareg of the Sahel and the Roma of Europe

-A Manifestation of Aesthetics: Protest Art’s Societal and Cultural Ramifications in the 1980s Environment

-Solving Food Inequality: Global Case Studies and an Action Project

-Myth and Modern Mayhem: The Effect of Greece’s Distinguished Past on its Future

-A “Good Deal:” The Fashion Industry’s Effects on People and the Environment

Make Colorado Yours.

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Colorado has 53 fourteeners— mountain peaks with an elevation of 14,000 ft. or more—claiming more than half of all 14’ers in the U.S.

You’ll be calling it “my Colorado” before too long. Pikes Peak is front and center in the vista from campus, a daily reminder that adventure is yours for the taking. Colorado’s generous landscape offers endless outdoor opportunities.

You’ll Learn just how much you are truly capable of through Fountain Valley’s dynamic curriculum. Interdisciplinary classes deepen your learning. You’ll engage in lively, small-class discussions where everyone’s opinion counts. A F O U N T A I N VA L L E Y G R A D U A T E :


Embraces the joy of learning through inquiry, problem-solving and creative expression.



Approaches challenges with confidence, independence and resilience.

Thinks and connects globally, while contributing as an engaged citizen.



Appreciates natural environments having lived and learned amid Colorado’s mountains and plains.

Continues to hone individual talents and pursue new passions.


Boldly pursues self-discovery with the pioneering spirit of the West.

FVS Grads Head to College with Confidence.

Starting freshman year, you will begin exploring how to find the right college that is the best fit for you. Your college counselor builds a relationship with you, gets to know you, and guides you through the process. They help you gain a strong understanding of your strengths, interests and values so you will make sound decisions in finding the best college fit.

– College t-shirt day for the Class of 2019!


American University Amherst College Bard College Barnard College Bates College Baylor University Bennington College Boston College Boston University Brandeis University California Institute of Technology California Institute of the Arts California Polytechnic State University Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University Colby College Colgate University College of William & Mary Colorado College Colorado School of Mines Connecticut College Dartmouth College Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Emerson College Franklin & Marshall College Georgetown University Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Institute of Technology Gonzaga University Grinnell College Harvey Mudd College Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hofstra University Johns Hopkins University Kenyon College Lewis & Clark College Marquette University Maryland Institute College of Art Massachusetts Institute of Technology Middlebury College Mount Holyoke College New York University Northeastern University Northwestern University Occidental College Pennsylvania State University Pitzer College Pomona College Pratt Institute Purdue University Reed College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rochester Institute of Technology Rutgers University San Francisco Art Institute Santa Clara University Savannah College of Art and Design School of the Art Institute of Chicago Scripps College Seattle University Sewanee: The University of the South Skidmore College Smith College Stanford University SUNY Texas A&M University Texas Christian University The American University of Paris The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina The New School The University of Alabama The University of Edinburgh The University of Texas, Austin Trinity College Trinity University Tufts University Tulane University United States Air Force Academy University of Adelaide University of California: Berkeley, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Diego, Davis, Riverside and Merced University of Colorado at Boulder University of Denver University of Michigan University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania University of Puget Sound University of Richmond University of St Andrews University of Sydney University of Virginia Vanderbilt University Vassar College Villanova University Virginia Tech Washington University in St. Louis Wellesley College Wesleyan University Whitman College Willamette University Worcester Polytechnic Institute Yale University

You Can Be You. Become your best self at Fountain Valley. This is a school where individuality is prized. Try something new and you’ll be celebrated.

Whether you’re in the classroom or the outdoors, on the court or stage, you will be on a journey to discover yourself in a supportive, open-minded community.


-Layla, Class of 2022 and her mom, Susan, Class of 1983

Even if life is great at home, and their school is great, and your family relationships are great, and there’s nothing to solve, Fountain Valley will help them grow and expand in ways you might not even expect...”

Live Like Family

Make yourself at home! The beautiful adobe houses host small groups of just 16-20 students along with faculty families. With communal kitchens and common rooms, fireplaces and patios, your residence house quickly becomes a warm and welcoming home. It’s your place to kick back, study, catch up with friends, watch a movie, play a game or make a snack under the guidance of caring house directors who more likely than not have young children and a dog!

“The residential life program here at FVS is a legacy of safety, nurture and growth. I am so proud to be a part of it.” – House Director Jen Lebo P ’21


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Major social events including Stupid Night Out, Prom, Club Frautschi, Winter Formal, Barn Dance, Fool’s Dance and the Welcome Back BBQ


Come as you are, become your best self.


Dogs! Most faculty who live on campus own a dog or two.

Boarding students from around the globe and across the country

10 - 20 Students per residential house

Hone your skills in your favorite sport.

Choose from traditional team sports or unique sports that capitalize on our location in the West, including competitive climbing (several state championships!), mountain biking, English and Western riding, and an outdoor education program.

T R A I N A N D P L AY I N T H E N E W AT H L E T I C C E N T E R . 60,000 sq.-ft. Eight-lane, 25-meter pool 6,000-sq.-ft. climbing gym with 40-ft. walls Spin room State-of-the-art weight room Basketball and volleyball gym

Express Yourself! The arts have held a very special place at Fountain Valley School since its founding in 1930. You’ll find and hone your creative potential in studio arts, theater, music, photography and filmmaking taught by accomplished and inspiring arts faculty.

The FVS Mountain Campus Just two hours away and at the foot of the majestic Collegiate Peaks, the Mountain Campus is a learning landscape and lodge in a spectacular setting that is built for camaraderie and fun. You’ll head there for seminars, class retreats, ski weekends, outdoor-ed outings and more.

We can’t wait to meet you.

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If you’re ready for more, you’re ready for Fountain Valley School!