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
CEEB Code: 060-598
Principal: Mr. Anderson
Board President: Mrs. Menon
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.
Classes of 2009-2013 cumulative unadjusted GPA :
|33%||3.5 and above|
|35%||3.0 to 3.5|
2.5 to 3
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|
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
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.
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:
|Modern Foreign Language||0||20|
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.