Located in the Rocky Mountain West, Fountain Valley School of Colorado offers a college-preparatory, boarding, and day school program for motivated students within a close-knit and supportive community. The generous Colorado landscape of open prairie and snow-capped mountains is a continual source of personal inspiration, as well as a reminder of the opportunities and responsibilities that lie beyond the School’s boundaries.
As you and your family explore Fountain Valley School of Colorado, you will discover an educational community that is both traditional and progressive, that takes full advantage of its location in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and yet embraces a global perspective. Most importantly, you will discover a community of adults and students who live, work, and learn by the core values identified by our first headmaster, Francis Froelicher: courage, open-mindedness, self-reliance, curiosity, and compassion. Francis Froelicher, the School’s founding headmaster, believed that Fountain Valley School should prepare students “to write their history.” To empower them to do so, the School seeks to nurture all students in their pursuit of excellence and strives to develop in all students the following core values:
To embrace challenge intellectually, physically, emotionally, and spiritually as a pathway to insight and self-understanding to stretch and see beyond one’s perceived boundaries
To be aware of the richness and depth of all human experience
To be responsible for exhibiting initiative and accountability, working independently and collaboratively
To value lifelong pleasure in intellectual exploration and discovery to receive the consequent satisfaction of achievement and excellence through focused, creative effort
To demonstrate care and service to others, and to live a balanced and healthy life, enjoying the harmony of work and play
Fountain Valley School of Colorado provides a rigorous, global curriculum in academics, arts, athletics, and the outdoors in a diverse community to develop young adults who are courageous, open-minded, self-reliant, curious, and compassionate.
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. The curriculum is designed to stimulate curiosity, encourage critical-thinking skills, develop intellectual stamina, and prepare students for the finest colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.
At FVS, we believe it is essential to embrace the world beyond our campus, borders, and mindset. To prepare students to thrive in this diverse world, we offer both formal and informal global opportunities ranging from a sequenced Global Scholar program to living with an international student or working on a service project with a local immigrant community. Our goal is to move beyond mere tolerance of diversity to genuine engagement as school and world citizens.
Moments big and small add up to a transformative total. Students learn about themselves daily through academics, athletics, the arts, and extracurriculars—through the relations they build with faculty who are also their advisers, coaches, and houseparents—through a close-knit community that cheers on those who try something new—through the lifelong friendships formed here—through abundant leadership opportunities—and through a culture that motivates students to reach their full potential.