RIDGEVIEW CLASSICAL SCHOOLS
Is a free, public K-12 Charter School, chartered through the Poudre School District. It opened in 2001, has high school grades 9-12, and has open enrollment through a lottery system.
Fort Collins is a city of approximately 137,000 residents located 55 miles of Denver that is home to Colorado State University and a large technology community.
Total School Enrollment: 770
High School Enrollment: 208
The mission of Ridgeview Classical Schools is to develop the academic potential and personal character of each student through academically rigorous, content-rich educational programs.
1800 S. Lemay Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: 970-494-4620 (College Advising Office ext. 165)
CEEB Code: 060-598
Principal: Mr. Florian Hild
Head of College Advising: Mrs. Paula Petterson
Mr. William Binder: email@example.com
Mr. Robert Busek: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Susan Busek: email@example.com
Mrs. Perrie Erickson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. John Herndon: email@example.com
Mrs. Gayla Martinez: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Tim Smith: email@example.com
Teachers: 33 full- and part-time for grades 9-12.
Teachers at Ridgeview are hired based on their mastery of academic disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences, and certification is not required. Currently, more than half of the high school teachers have a master's degree or higher, and eleven have taught at the college level.
Courses: All core courses (i.e. literature, history, science, and mathematics), except for a few remedial courses, are taught at the honors level. Humanities courses employ Socratic discussion.
Scheduling: Most classes meet every day for 45-50 minutes or for 5 of every 6 days, with one 95-100 minute period and four 45-50 minute periods, for 5 credit hrs./semester.
Grading: (Grade inflation is discouraged.)
|A = 4.0||A- = 3.7
|B+ = 3.3||B = 3.0||B- = 2.7
|C+= 2.3||C = 2.0||C- = 1.7
|D+ = 1.3||D = 1.0||D- = 0.7|
|F = 0|
Adjusted and Unadjusted G.P.A.: G.P.A. is based on grades in high-school courses taken at Ridgeview only. Bonus points of 0.002 per credit are added to most core and advanced courses (shown with “1” on the transcript). Both adjusted and unadjusted cumulative G.P.A. are indicated on the transcript.
Classes of 2006-2010 cumulative unadjusted G.P.A. upon graduation:
|34%||3.5 and above|
|32%||3.0 to 3.5|
2.5 to 3
Class of 2011 unadjusted G.P.A. for 2009-2010 courses at Ridgeview:
|20%||3.5 and above|
|32%||3.0 to 3.5|
|34%||2.5 to 3.0|
Students are recognized quarterly for the high honor roll (GPA 3.5 and above) and honor roll (GPA 3.0 to 3.5).
Number of graduates expected 2011: 42
National Merit Semifinalists 2010-11: 1
National Merit Commended 2008-9: 2
Class Rank: Because its classes are small and composed of self-selected and highly motivated students, Ridgeview does not publish class rank.
Class of 2010 ACT (Colorado exam)
Tests taken: 44
Annual Colorado School Accountability Report (SAR) Results (state testing): Ridgeview Classical's high school ranked in the top three high schools in the state of Colorado from 2001 to 2008, after which the reporting was discontinued.
2010 US News World Report Ranking: Silver Medal. In 2008, ranked #15 high school, #4 open enrollment charter school in US.
Within Ridgeview's culture of classical academic rigor, students:
• read complete works of classic literature slowly and closely to ensure a profound understanding and thus become well equipped to write and present a formal analysis of each text.
• study the history of Western Civilization through examination, discussion, and written analysis of primary sources.
• are taught mathematics using a classical Socratic philosophy, including: (1) an emphasis on the search for truth and beauty as the motivation for 'doing' mathematics; (2) the primacy of logic, especially deductive reasoning; (3) the need for historical perspective; and (4) an attempt to capture the interest and curiosity of students by introducing them to famous unsolved problems in mathematics.
• maintain, cumulatively through all their science courses, a standardized lab notebook containing data, results, and analysis of their lab activities.
• take at least a semester of Latin and often pursue it to the advanced level as an elective.
• get maximum exposure to a modern language and real world proficiency through small immersion classes.
• in a required Moral Philosophy course, are introduced to traditional visions of virtue, friendship, duty, work, love, and the good life.
• read a biography of an American founder each summer and, as juniors, pursue a unified study of American government, history, and literature in order to gain a deep knowledge and understanding of the events, philosophical foundations, and literary traditions of their country.
• as seniors, compose and orally defend a 25-page thesis before faculty, students, and parents.
For more information, please see our Course Offerings document.
Graduation Requirements: RCS offers two diplomas, Proficient and Advanced, reflecting course credits.
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College Attendance and Acceptances
2004-2008 College Acceptances: 153 students have graduated, of whom 121 matriculated at 4-year colleges and universities.
Students from Ridgeview's last five graduating classes have been accepted at the following colleges and universities. (The number of students who matriculated at that institution is in parentheses.)
Ashland University (2)
Baptist Bible College – MO
Baptist Bible College – PA (1)
Baylor University (5)
Bethany College (1)
Brigham Young University (3)
California Polytechnic State Univ. (1)
Carleton College (1)
Carnegie Mellon University (1)
Case Western Reserve University
Chadron State College
Coe College (1)
College of the Holy Cross
College of Santa Fe
College of Wooster
Colorado College (1)
Colorado School of Mines (5)
Colorado State University (32)
Colorado State University – Pueblo
Cornell University (1)
Creighton University (1)
Duke University (1)
Eastern Wyoming College (1)
Franklin College - Switzerland (1)
Franklin Olin Coll. of Engineering (1)
Front Range Community College (13)
Georgia College & State Univ. (1)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Harvey Mudd College (1)
Hawaii Pacific University
Hillsdale College (2)
Indiana University – Bloomington (1)
Internat'l Academy/Design & Tech
Johnson & Wales University (1)
Luther College (1)
Messiah College (1)
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
Montana State University – Bozeman
New College of Florida
New Mexico Inst. of Mining/Tech.
New York University (1)
Northern Arizona University (1)
Oklahoma City University (1)
Rose-Hulman Inst. Of Technology
Salve Regina University
Santa Clara University (1)
Savannah College of Art & Design (1)
South Dakota School-Mines/Tech (2)
Southern Methodist University (1)
St. John's College - NM (1)
St. Louis University
St. Olaf College (1)
Stanford University (1)
Texas Christian University (1)
Trinity College (1)
United States Air Force Academy
University of California – Berkeley
University of Chicago (1)
University of Colorado – Boulder (9)
University of Colorado-COSprings (1)
University of Colorado – Denver
University of Dayton (1)
University of Denver (1)
University of Evansville
University of Idaho
Univ. Illinois-Urbana/Champaign (1)
University of Kansas (1)
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of North Carolina
University of Northern Colorado (6)
University of Notre Dame (1)
University of Oklahoma (1)
University of Oregon
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Sioux Falls (1)
University of Texas - Austin
University of Wisconsin-Madison (1)
University of Wyoming (5)
Utah State University
Wagner College (1)
Western Michigan University
Wesleyan University (1)
Westminster College (1)
William Jewel College (1)