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    Ridgeview at a Glance

    RIDGEVIEW CLASSICAL SCHOOLS is a free, public K-12 charter school located in Fort Collins, Colorado that is chartered through the Poudre School District. It opened in 2001, has high school grades 9-12, and conducts open enrollment through a lottery system.

    Fort Collins is a city of approximately 151,000 residents located 55 miles north of Denver. It is home to Colorado State University and a large technology community.

    Total School Enrollment: 774
    High School Enrollment:
    187

    Mission Statement: 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 Avenue
    Fort Collins, CO  80525
      
    Phone: 970.494.4620
      
    Fax: 970.494.4625
      
    www.ridgeviewclassical.com  
    CEEB Code: 060-598

    Principal: Mr. Anderson
    principal@ridgeviewclassical.com

    Board President: Mrs. Menon
    president@ridgeviewclassical.com

    Faculty Profile:  There are currently 43 full- and part-time high school teachers at Ridgeview. Teachers at Ridgeview are hired based on their mastery of academic disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences; certification is not required. Currently, over two thirds of the high school teachers have a Master's degree or Phd, and fifteen have taught at the college level.

    Courses: The majority of core courses (literature, history, science, and mathematics) are taught at the honors level. Humanities courses employ Socratic discussion. 

    Scheduling: Most classes meet every day for 45 minutes for 5 of every 6 days, with one 90 minute period and four 45 minute periods, for 5 credit hours per 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 GPA: GPA 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. Both adjusted and unadjusted cumulative GPA are indicated on the transcript.

    Grade Distributions:
    Classes of 2009-2013 cumulative unadjusted GPA
     
    :

    33% 3.5 and above
    35% 3.0 to 3.5
    25%

    2.5 to 3

    7% below 2.5

    Class of 2014 cumulative unadjusted junior year GPA: 

    35% 3.5 and above
    24% 3.0 to 3.5
    30% 2.5 to 3.0
    11% below 2.5

    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 2014: 38 
    National Merit Semifinalists 2013-14: 4 

     Class Rank:  Because classes are small and composed of self-selected and highly motivated students, Ridgeview does not publish class rank.

    Class of 2014 ACT
    Tests taken: 35


    Middle 50% Means

    High Low RCS CO US
    English 32 22 27.2 19.9 20.5
    Mathematics 27 19 23.3 20.5 21.1
     Reading 33 23 27.7 20.7 20.7
    Science 29 21 24.3 20.8 20.9
    Composite 29 23 25.7 20.6 21.1

    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.

    2013 US News World Report Ranking: Gold Medal, ranked #2 in state and #26 nationally among charter schools. In 2008, ranked #15 high school, #4 open enrollment charter school in the country.

    Academics:
    Within Ridgeview's culture of classical academic rigor, students:

    • Are required, as seniors, to compose and orally defend a 25-30 page thesis
    • Begin their study of Latin in Kindergarten (and Greek in the 3rd grade). As a graduation requirement, students take at least one high school semester of Latin (many often pursue it to a very advanced level as an elective).
    • Receive maximum exposure to, and oral proficiency in, a modern language through small immersion classes
    • Read complete works of classic literature closely and thoroughly 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
    • Study 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.
    • Are introduced in a required Moral Philosophy course 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. A senior year American Capstone Seminar is required.

    Graduation Requirements: RCS offers two diplomas, Proficient and Advanced, reflecting course credits:

    Course Proficient Advanced
    Mathematics 30 40
    Literature 40 40
    Science 30 30
    History 45 45
    Latin 5 10
    Modern Foreign Language 0 20
    American Government 5 5
    Economics 5 5
    Technology 10 10
    Health 2.5 2.5
    PE 12.5 12.5
    Moral Philosophy 5 5
    Electives 60 50
    Total 245 270

    2009-2013 College Acceptances: 208 students have graduated, of whom 152 matriculated at 4-year colleges and universities. Students from Ridgeview's last five graduating classes have been accepted into 193 unique colleges and universities and have matriculated into 63 of them.

    Fort Collins, CO 80525

    Phone: 970-494-4620

    (College Advising Office ext. 165)

    Fax: 970-494-4625

    CEEB Code: 060-598

    www.ridgeviewclassical.com

    Contact information:

    Principal: Mr. Florian Hild

    fhild@ridgeviewclassical.com

    Head of College Advising: Mrs. Paula Petterson

    ppetterson@ridgeviewclassical.com

    College Advisors: Mr. John Herndon

    jherndon@ridgeviewclassical.com

    Mr. Tim Smith

    tsmith@ridgeviewclassical.com

     

    RIDGEVIEW CLASSICAL SCHOOLS

    Is a 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 131,000 residents one hour north of Denver that is home to Colorado State University and a large technology community.

     

    Total School Enrollment: 745

     

    High School Enrollment: 200

     

    Mission Statement

    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.

     

    Faculty Profile

    Teachers: 28 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 seven 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. See the back of this page for additional information on academics at Ridgeview.

     

    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.

     

    Grade Distributions:

    Classes of 2004-2008 cumulative unadjusted G.P.A. upon graduation: 

    33% 3.5 and above

    34% 3.0 to 3.5

    25% 2.5 to 3.0

    8% below 2.5

     

    Class of 2009 unadjusted G.P.A. for 2007-08 courses at Ridgeview:

    34% 3.5 and above

    18% 3.0 to 3.5

    24% 2.5 to 3.0

    24% below 2.5

    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 2009: 40

     

    National Merit Semifinalists 2008-9: 6

     

    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 2009 ACT (Colorado exam)

    Tests taken: 38

    Middle 50% Means

    High Low RCS District CO

    English 31 23 26.6 20.9 19.4

    Reading 32 23 27.5 22.2 20.4

    Mathematics 29 21 24.6 21.3 20.0

    Science 30 22 25.6 21.5 20.4

    Composite 30 23 26.2 21.6 20.2

    Annual Colorado School Accountability Report (SAR) Results (state testing): Ridgeview Classical's high school has been ranked first, second, or third in the state of Colorado every year since its opening.

     

    USNWR Ranking: #15 high school, #4 charter school in US

    Academics:

    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 additional information, please see the Course Offerings list,

    available at

    http://www.ridgeviewclassical.com/pdfs/hs_courses.pdf .

    Graduation Requirements: RCS offers two diplomas,

    Proficient and Advanced, reflecting course credits.

    Course Proficient Advanced

    Mathematics 20 30

    Literature 40 40

    Science 30 30

    History 40 40

    Latin 5 10

    Additional Foreign Language 0 20

    American Government 5 5

    Economics 5 5

    Technology 10 10

    Health 2.5 2.5

    PE 12.5 12.5

    Moral Philosophy 5 5

    Electives 55 45

    Total 230 255

    College Attendance and Acceptances

    2004-2008 College Acceptances: 93 students have graduated, of whom 73 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 (1)

    Augustana College – Sioux Falls (1)

    Baptist Bible College – MO

    Baptist Bible College – PA (1)

    Baylor University (4)

    Beloit College

    Benedictine College

    Bethany College (1)

    Boston College

    California Polytechnic State

    University (1)

    Carleton College (1)

    Case Western Reserve University

    Christendom College (1)

    Coe College

    College of the Holy Cross

    Colorado College (2)

    Colorado School of Mines (3)

    Colorado State University (23)

    Colorado State University – Pueblo

    Cornell University (1)

    Creighton University (1)

    Davidson College

    Dickinson College

    Doane College

    Duke University (1)

    Duquesne University

    Fordham University

    Franciscan University of Steubenville

    Franklin College - Switzerland (1)

    Franklin W. Olin College of

    Engineering (1)

    Front Range Community College (9)

    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Gettysburg College

    Gonzaga University

    Gustavus Adolphus College (1)

    Harding University

    Harvey Mudd College (1)

    Hawaii Pacific University

    Hillsdale College (2)

    Houghton College

    Indiana University – Bloomington (1)

    International Academy of Design and

    Technology – Tampa

    Luther College (1)

    Michigan State University

    Michigan Technological University

    Montana State University – Bozeman

    Northern Arizona University

    Occidental College

    Ohio University – Athens

    Reed College

    South Dakota School of Mines and

    Technology (1)

    St. John's College - NM (1)

    St. Olaf College (1)

    Smith College

    Stanford University (1)

    Syracuse University (1)

    Thomas Aquinas College

    Trinidad State Junior College (1)

    University of California – Berkeley

    University of Chicago (1)

    University of Colorado – Boulder (3)

    University of Colorado – Denver

    University of Colorado – Colorado

    Springs

    University of Dayton (1)

    University of Denver

    University of Evansville

    University of Idaho

    University of Kansas (1)

    University of Nebraska – Lincoln

    University of North Carolina – Chapel

    Hill

    University of Northern Colorado (5)

    University of Notre Dame (1)

    University of Oregon

    University of San Diego

    University of Sioux Falls (1)

    University of Wisconsin – Madison (1)

    University of Wyoming (2)

    Wagner College (1)

    Western Michigan University –

    Kalamazoo

    Westminster College - UT (1)

    Wheaton College

    Whitworth College
    Last Updated Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:10 PM.