"I am surprised to read negative comments about the leadership at FRHS. As a parent, I have been impressed with the principal, who has increased communication and brought about a sense of school family that was lacking. He greets students each day at the front door - by name. The career center staff bent over backwards to help my senior with college transcripts upon discovering they had her entered twice in the system, once as a senior and again as a sophomore. Both of my daughters are involved in activities, work hard in class and their teachers are truly outstanding. Fossil Ridge is a 5 star high school!"
"The issue with FRHS is really an issue of leadership. Prior leadership understood the needs of a top grade high school in Colorado. Current leadership doesn't understand the demands, needs or trends. You can't speak directly to an administrator. In fact, they sent an email with the protocol that outlined their desires to not be bothered with concerns from their community. The principal is never visible. One of the Deans is gone all the time -- at Disney World. The AP's just don't seem to care. There seem to be a lot of excuses -- "PSD says we must..." There is very little communication home -- no newsletters, weekly updates and the website is not updated. On the other side: The teachers are incredible -- some of the best in the state. The students are great -- very caring. The curriculum is excellent. A change of leadership and the school would again would be a 10."
"Overall, this school is ok. The administration and counseling departments are mediocre-acting on a "take initiative for yourself and we are not going to help you" approach; especially the counseling department who I think get so overwhelmed that they don't want to help. However in the past few years, I have always felt helped by the counseling department, just not this year. A lot of the staff is also extremely horrible at teaching, which most of the administration fails to notice. I've had a lot of great teachers that had to be let go, and a lot of permanent teachers that are horrible. I think the administration should take into consideration what the students think about the teachers, vs what they think they know about them. To give fossil credit, I have had a lot of great teachers and a lot of the clubs and sports are really good, I just think that fossil has been going downhill since I arrived a couple years ago."
"Fossil Ridge is great. They offer a lot of after school and before school programs. They also have plenty of electives that can suit any person. I am happy with all most all of the teachers. We have a very good Marching Band, Science Olympiad, Knowledge Bowl, and good sports teams. I think that this is a great high school."
"I was concerned to read the negative reviews, but I have seen, so far, that the students are able to learn, and learn well, if they are motivated. This is no longer K-8, nor should it be, but rather a bridge between K-8 and college. My child has had excellent teachers and encouragement to learn. It is similar to most aspects of life--you get out what you invest, plus more. I have seen hardworking, caring teachers who teach the classes, offer assistance as needed and evaluate student performance in a timely manner. I have seen teachers that care about their students' success. Finally, we have witnessed great education for our child, which will, if it continues, will prepare her for an excellent future. Thank you, Fossil teachers and staff!"