FOSSIL RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

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5400 ZIEGLER RD
FORT COLLINS, CO 80528
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Phone: 970-488-6260
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-high
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Poudre School District R-1
  • Students/Teacher: 20:1
  • Students/Grade: 479.3
  • Number Students: 1917
  • Number Teachers: 92
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4903
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Will Allen
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
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  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (29 ratings)
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    School Reviews (26 Reviews)
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    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-24
    "First off, I'd like to say you should read the student reviews of this school. I see that a lot of parents complain about this school but the kids love it. I went to Fossil all four years and absolutely loved it. I would do it all over again because I grew so much there and was so prepared for college. The school is completely student-focused. I could contact any of my teachers anytime and they would meet my needs. The teachers were also great at teaching the kids to have a great work ethic as well as good character. The school not only teaches the required courses that all high school students must take, but they also teach many classes that allow the students to learn many life skills. These include: cooking, sewing, writing cover letters in applications, and also finance, communication, and research skills. The school is absolutely the best high school in Fort Collins. Now that I'm in college, I can see how the other high schools in Fort Collins did not prepare their students for college nearly as well as Fossil Ridge High School. I am proud and humbled to say that I was part of Fossil Ridge High School."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-10
    "I have had two children attend FRHS, and my third will be going elsewhere. Both of my children have had mediocre experiences at best. Other than a couple of great teachers, the staff is unmotivated and uninspiring. Lots of movies are watched in class. Very little interest in encouraging individual students to find their passion and develop their strengths. There are a few amazing teachers (I can count them on one hand), but most are ho-hum. A few students receive the majority of the attention. Availability of staff to students and parents is poor. Several teachers find it necessary to prove they are smarter than the students by testing them over material that was not covered. They then think it is funny when the class average is a D. The philosophy of most of the math department is that the students should teach themselves. New administration leaves much to be desired. Lots of head nodding and smiling, but no real action. FRHS should be an awesome school, but it is not at this time."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-27
    "FRHS has been a great school, but the change of leadership has had an impact on staff morale, student happiness and opportunities for parents and the community to be involved. Traditions have been set aside. Communication is null. School of choice has gone away -- leaving programs to be cut. The leadership of FRHS needs to examine it's values and find a vision that fits the future of this fine school. The most difficult issue is that the administrative team doesn't have the experience to guide a large high school. Nice people -- but are they getting the job done? Improvements need to happen."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-23
    "Fossil Ridge High School was a disappointing experience for our family. Our experience over the past four years has included a disproportionate share of inexperienced, bored teachers who assign a lot of busywork to make up for a lack of real teaching,, a band teacher with a giant ego interested who is only in winning competitions and not in teaching, and a principal who wants to be friends with his staff and has trouble holding them accountable. Our children received a substandard education. Wish we had enrolled them at Rocky Mountain High School."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-18
    "As a grandparent of a Fossil Ridge student and as a professional educator, I give Fossil Ridge an over all grade of D minus. Students should be allowed to take their text books home, and in Algebra 1 the amount of homework assigned per night needs to be increased by a factor of 10 or more. My granddaughter is getting a terrible education at Fossil Ridge that will affect her for her entire life."
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