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Fountain Valley School

Location:
Colorado

Website:
www.fvs.edu

Phone Number:
719-391-5251

Students:
240

Founded:
1930

Grades:
9-12

Average SAT:
1 800

About Fountain Valley School

Fountain Valley School attracts success-oriented students who thrive in the small class environment, and would like to live and learn in a community that is defined by opportunities and accomplishments...

Location
Colorado
Address
6155 Fountain Valley School Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80911
Website
Phone Number
719-391-5251
Grades
9-12
Founded
1930
Headmaster
William V. Webb
Religious Affiliation
none
Campus Size
1140 acres
Enrollment
240 students
International Students
24 %
Boarding School Students
70 %
Average Class Size
11 students
Teacher Student Ratio
5:1
Amount of AP Courses Offered
20
Which AP Courses
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chinese Language and Culture, Chemistry, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, French Language and Culture, Macro and Microeconomics, Physics C: Mechanics, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, Statistics, Studio Art 2D Design, Studio Art 3D Design, United States History, Government and Politics: United States, World History
Faculty with advanced degree
80 %
Endowment Size
$34.000.000
TOEFL Required
Yes
SAT Average
1800
Admissions Email
Director of Admissions
Kila McCann
Extracurriculars
Concert Choir, Boys Select Choir, Girls Select Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Band, Conservation Corps, Biomedical Science Club, Strings Ensemble, Hispanic Honor Society, Chinese Club, French Club, Varsity Club, Admission Ambassadors, Global Affairs Forum, Round Square, Community Council, Day Student Leaders, Residential Assistants, Athenaea Literary Magazine, Yearbook, International Student Club, MatchWits, Student Cultural Organization, Big Sib/Little Sib, Honor Council, Student Weekend Activity Team
Notable Alumni
Belding Scribner, pioneer of kidney dialysis; Jack Lane, museum director; John Perry Barlow, digital rights activist and lyricist for The Grateful Dead; Bob Weir, Grateful Dead; Ed Sherin, Emmy-Award Winning producer of Law & Order; Steve Lemme of the Broken Lizard Comedy Troupe; Sam Goldwyn Jr, legendary movie producer; Tony Goldwyn, actor, producer, director; Griffin Dunne, actor, producer, director; Brad Dourif, actor
Sports Offered
Alpine Skiing , Basketball , Climbing , Cross Country , Diving , Ice Hockey , Lacrosse , Mountain Biking , Snowboarding , Soccer , Swimming , Tennis , Track and Field , Voleyball
Athletic achievements from last 5 years
Boys prep hockey team finished 30-9-2 in 2015 and won Phoenix Presidents‘ Day Invitational; Boys soccer team advanced to state playoffs last five years; boys climbing won state title in 2012; Dominic Carrese, 3rd in the state in cross country in 2015; Dominic Carrese won two state track titles in 2015; English Riding 2010 Interscholastic Equestrian Association national championships; numerous qualifiers for National Little Britches Rodeo Finals; girls soccer advanced to second round of state playoffs in 2015; boys tennis routinely advances players to state championships; boys volleyball finished third in the state in 2013
Colleges
Ole Miss, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke, University of Northern British Columbia, Green Mountain College, Scripps College, Colby College, Colorado School of Mines, Hendrix College, Claremont McKenna College, Lake Forest College, University of Puget Sound, Stanford University, Texas Christian University
Amount of alumni who are playing sports professionally
3
Arts Offered
Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Painting, Drawing, Photography , Metalsmithing, Ceramics
Arts achievements from last 5 years
John Everitt earned second place in the Dominique Dunne High School Film Competition; numerous awards at the local level
Colleges
Pratt Institute, Colorado Film School, Maryland Institute College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Savannah College of Art and Design, California College of the Arts

Alumni List

Name College Occupation Year of Graduation
Irene Neuwirth jewelry designer 1994
Todd Reed jewelry designer 1992
Mark Wong ceramicist 1986
Steve Lemme actor 1987
Allison Chase Coleman producer 1986
Rosalind McGary artist 1985
Bruce Gomez painter 1975
Tony Goldwyn actor, producer, director 1978
Marshall Bell actor 1961
Griffin Dunne actor, producer, director 1974
Brad Dourif actor 1969
David Hare sculptor 1936
Sam Goldwyn movie producer 1943
Ed Sherin director, producer 1948
John Berry Barlow lyricist for the Grateful Dead 1965
Bob Weir Grateful Dead 1965

University of Alabama, American University, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Auburn University, Barnard College, Boston College, Boston University, Bryn Mawr College, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, California College of the Arts, Carleton College, Carnegie Mellon University, Chapman University, Clarkson University, Colby College, University of Colorado, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, University of Colorado at Denver, Colorado College, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Dartmouth College, University of Denver, Franklin and Marshall College, George Washington University, Gonzaga University, Grinnell College, Hamilton College, Harvey Mudd College, Hobart and William Smith, University of Illinois, Indiana University, Ithaca College, University of Kentucky, Knox College, Lafayette College, Lake Forest College, Lewis & Clark College, Macalester College, Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Massachusetts, Middlebury College, Mount Holyoke College, New York University, Northeastern University Northwestern University, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Penn State, Pomona College, Pratt Institute, University of Puget Sound, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. Louis University, University of San Francisco, School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, Scripps College, Sewannee-University of the South, Southern, Methodist University, St. Lawrence University, Syracuse University, Texas A&M University, Trinity University, Tufts University, University of Utah, University of Vermont, Virginia Tech, Washington University-St. Louis

Biology, Computer Programming, English Language and Composition, Environmental Science, French Language and Culture, History, Chemistry, Chinese, Language and Literature, Macro and Microeconomics, Math Studies, Physics, Political Science, Spanish, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, US History, Visual Arts

Student reviews
  • Tsering Dingtsa (16)

    Tsering Dingtsa was born in Nepal and lived there for much of his childhood. When he was in fifth grade, though, his parents decided to make a change. Tsering’s mother had sisters living in Colorado, so he and his family moved to Superior, Colo., when he was 10. “My parents decided to move here to give me a better education,” Tsering says. “They wanted a better life for me.” Despite moving across the world from one distinct culture to another, he says he acclimated to American life quickly. “It’s a different culture and environment, but I have gotten used to it,” he says. “People here are more independent and think on their own.” Tsering transferred to Fountain Valley right before his junior year and has adapted to the FVS culture just as seamlessly. Demonstrating his work ethic, he made the Honor Roll after just one semester. He has also been chosen to serve as a residential assistant in a freshman dorm. Tsering considers himself a strong problem solver and is excited for the opportunity to hold a leadership position. His aim is to help younger students make the transition to a new environment like he did just a year ago. He is also actively involved on the soccer and basketball teams, both of which he had only played recreationally before coming to FVS. A defensive midfielder on the soccer field and a point guard on the basketball court, Tsering says he has improved in a number of areas in each sport. “My coaches have helped me develop into a player with more confidence and better skills,” he says. “I would not say I am leader on these teams, but I do help my teammates and try to cheer them up. My coach has helped me improve as an individual player, as well as a team player.” No stranger to global immersion, Tsering has also found it easy to settle into the diverse campus. “I’ve met friends from all over, from China to South America,” he says. “It’s expanded my global knowledge on different topics and issues.” Tsering’s background already gave him the tools needed to adapt to new situations, but the Fountain Valley culture was the perfect place to broaden his horizons. “It’s a friendly community where you can experience different leadership roles and challenge yourself to do different things in a protected environment.” He attributes this welcoming environment to the small size of the school and the close relationships between students and teachers. “The biggest challenge I faced when transferring to FVS was moving away from home into a new environment. I did not know if I was going to fit in, but my schoolmates welcomed me and made me feel like I had always belonged here.” Take it from someone who is an expert at embracing change. Tsering’s advice for new students is, “Don’t hide yourself in your room. Go out, challenge yourself to do something new and don’t be afraid to mess up, because they’re all there to support you.”
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